Yes, Gretchen, I have been very fortunate to have wonderful harpists in my area who have referred me for work and have helped me to get started this year. I think my friends have not been as fortunate. Even since my first post my outlook is evolving as I have heard from you and other harpists about ideas to diversify and reach other potential employers, have read inspiring articles, and have met self-employed people in varied fields.
What Saul said seems to be very true, that it takes time (and I for one am not always the most patient!), and the knowledge of how to find work is sometimes hard to come by. Thanks for your suggestions that are remedying the situation!