But different from many others way to earn a living, art is seen as useless for everyday life and routine. Art is seen as luxury and not necessity. Unless the artist use their art for commercial work, it is hard make the public see it as a good investment.
"Lawyers, doctors, plumbers, they made all the money. Writers? Writers starved. Writers suicided. Writers went mad." ~ Charles Bukowski
A part from it, the history is always about the winners, or the best moments of recognized artists, which make must enthusiasts thinking it is all about working hard and with love, which helps a lot but it is not all artists need to "get there". The history of most artists is barely told, the ones who are not seen as winner. Most because they are not seen as inspiring.
Along the years I heard many stories and I realized even the winners are often frustrated artists. While their earlier frustration was about money and recognition, their later frustration becomes others critics and expectation.
But there is also an other aspect which I thing I am reaching at the moment. The feeling of being tired, or just don't care any more, about other and their meaning of success. Instead, becoming happy and satisfied to be able to do what I want and what I like. Meaning, have a little money and time for it at least.
After all, we don't need others approval, right? If we have to do any other crap job just to earn the money to be able to do our work in the evenings and weekends, we just do it, as far we can keep doing what make us feel free.
I guess this is what life is about, find a way to enjoy it and to be free. If not free from our day job bosses at least free from opinion and expectation others have about the work we were suppose to make for our own pleasure and enjoyment.
After all a successful life is an enjoyable life. Isn't it?