What’s the best path? Traditionally published, self-published or a hybrid?
There was a time when writers who self-published were unlikely to be traditionally published later because traditional publishers saw self-publication as a dead end.
No more. Now they see self-publication as a trial run and they will happily publish those self-published authors who have a proven track record of sales, which leaves you free to experiment.
So go for it. Self-publish. Then find a bricks and mortar publisher and be happy that they will help with the marketing. (Though they won’t do it all. You’ll still be obligated to work hard at marketing.)
Or don’t go for it even after your sales show that you are a solid writer because you’ll make a whole lot more per book than if anyone else takes a cut. Of course you’ll also be doing all of the marketing and selling yourself.
So the answer possibly depends on whether you enjoy the marketing aspect of writing or not.