You don't have to be dirt poor when you're living off of your passion for the arts. We're all familiar with the starving artist persona, but not all artists have to be starving to be artists.
Your admiration for Disney's and Pixar's films goes beyond their touching stories and catchy songs and even extends to the physical design of the characters and their movement. Yes, you know in your heart, you want to be an animator.
The old way of filmmaking is not the only way. Beyonce shot her music video for her single 7/11 using some GoPro cameras and other accessories.