The world will not give you an endowment for your finger-painting. Your finger-painting may be marvelous, but our government and society do not value art adequately. We should fulminate against that and seek to change it, but in the meantime you have to make choices. If you’re an artist who likes to have a steady income for yourself, for your children, for your partner, to help you engage in elder care as you take care of your parents or grandparents, that’s a good thing.

I’m not saying that all your art is good art, by the way. I’m not saying you’re a good artist. You might fucking suck. But if you do your art, you’re an artist.