From 1585-1592, at the age of 21, William Shakespeare began his career as an actor and writer. He started off with success and loved the theater which inspired him to write plays. He produced most of his plays from 1589-1613.
William Shakespeare wrote for contributers of his time, where there was money, Shakespeare went. His starting career was in shambles but aristocrats have paid him to write plays for them and such, but in retrospect, writers only write FOR themselves.
== == Yes, he was. William Shakespeare would write many plays and would bring them to be preformed in his theater, "The Golden Globe." Back in his day, (1564 - 1616), there were no actresses; only actors. William Shakespeare was often an actor in many of his plays.
William Shakespeare wrote 34 plays that we know of. He possibly co-wrote 2 other plays and there is a theory that Shakespeare actually wrote 40 plays in total but we cannot find 6 of them. There were also 154 sonnets.
Shakespeare wrote plays for the love of the English language and an inherent gift to be a writer. While he did better than some, financially, other playwrights of the time made far more money than William Shakespeare.