Originally Posted by Twimmy
Now I will admit that I got a little lazy with creating work awhile back (had to take a job to pay bills and it mentally drained me),
That's your problem right there.
We all have to start with crappy jobs, working crazy hours, coming home and working on personal work too, drinking coffee until our ears buzz. If you are hungry enough you won't care, you'll do it anyway.
Don't mean to be harsh, but if you want to be a specialist you have to be shit hot. You're not yet. I see 8 images on your site, none of which particularly stand out as being better than anything you'd find elsewhere on the net. Go and look at the top row at somewhere like ZBrush Central and see what the standard is like out there. That's what you need to be aiming for, models/images that grab people, not 'hey I put together a portfolio that shows I'm competent, now why aren't employers banging my door down?'.
That probably does sound harsh I guess, but I think there's some truth to it. Life is hard, there's a ton of competition out there. Accept that and decide if you really want to compete or not. If you do then just start competing. Post your WIPs on a forum somewhere where others will tear it down. Get used to that and learn from it.