And no messing around with little boxes stored in your guitar case, no farting about with elastoplast, no having to mind-read the MC of the club I'm playing in. Manicurist costs about the same as a cheap set of strings (one 'treatment' costing 8 to 10 quid each month). And I AM a performer - have been for 42 years, and I practise as much as most and more than some. Picks - tried 'em all, Alaskas, Nationals, Dunlop - gimme the extensions every time now. Freedom!
Still use the thumb-pick though (Herco 'blue' medium - 'proper' type, not a plectrum on a thumb-ring, for you afficionadoes out there) because it puts your wrist and thumb in the right position, prevents your hand falling into that bloody awful 'claw' position beloved of so many 'bare-end' players.