He looked about for any opening through which he might earn a living.
Forced to earn a living by writing, he developed an astounding literary activity.
He felt most comfortable in the outdoors, but who could earn a living tromping through the mountains?
The topic on Sesame Street was professions, which was the perfect opportunity for Lisa to ask her what Giddon did to earn a living.
Gallatin tried to earn a living by teaching French in Harvard College, apparently not without success, but the cold and rigid civilization of New England repelled him, and he made his way to the South.