"You can't expect to shoot any properly paid gigs nowadays....unless your marketing and business practices are good."
There really are plenty of people that can do really nice photographs. I would think that a super majority of the 61,052 APUG members that exist at the time of this post could easily reach the quality threshold required.
There are far fewer people who are willing to do the work and take the risks needed to make a good business of it.
Examples of some successful film shooters in the portrait and wedding market.
I'm not suggesting that film can fit every market but these guys are proof that it can work just fine in their market.