I get your apprehension towards the anon that asked about money, but I don't think they meant it as a personal question. no one really talks about how much artists make on freelance work. it might be helpful information to young artist to know what they're getting into, and they may have just figured you were a successful artist to ask.
artists don’t really talk about how much they make doing freelance because it’s a personal matter. you can gauge your own freelance rates based on what your peers have advertised, but any more information than that is not only really none of anyone’s business, but the information also only pertains to a specific person with specific goals doing specific things.
to me, it feels more like someone is trying to compare themselves to me and judge how successful they are based on how successful i think i am. that’s really pointless and would probably do more harm than good.
also, same goes for asking my age. under normal circumstances and with people i’m comfortable with, i share that information freely. but an anonymous message asking me how old i am and how much money i make is really offputting. my age should be mostly irrelevant.
some people are making thousands of dollars a month by the time they’re 20, others are just nosing their way into their first part time job at the age of 25.
everyone grows at their own pace and all that