""Once you get into being onstage and making a sort of living doing it, it IS easy to do whatever necessary to stay there" And I'm sure that when LOTS of money is involved, it is even easier. "
Let me further illustrate the point with a further example then; one that I went through personally, and see how wide of the mark I am.
I was a fine artist that honed their talents and skills to be able to compete on a professional level. My parents said all well and good with your art and we will pay for your university but you must choose something more practical to apply your talent to.
( the proverbial "Day Job" ).
The only thing I could come up with was Advertising Design ( living in the shadow of Gawd-almighty New Yawk at the dawn of the 80's) thinking that I could do the professional work to pay for my privsate time at my personal altar , my drawing board , to do the work that was my passion and labor of love.
Aye, but this Faustian Bargain reared its ugly head when the ever-ratcheting up demands of energies and craft to serve the commercial beast of evermore clever ,nay cunning ,ways of pandering to the lowest common denominator and the hyperventalated cult of status that became the Yuppie/Studio 54 /Reagan 80's.
Too soon those demands of the "business" servicing das Zeitgeist of the Status-worshiping 80's rapidly began to drain away my time ,and then my abilities ,to court my private muse at the drawing board and I came to an epiphany that I had to cut loose of the degenerate culture of the time , in one of it's leading Metropolis', and break free .
Yeah, I said good-bye to serious money , but it was money that would've easily led to bills for pychiatry & detoxification and divorce costs had I chosen to marry any of the harlots I traficked with that were part of that scene. ( Sorry ,no innocents not already spoken for ever crossed my path. Wasn't to be ).
I finally escaped thanks to a younger native Northern Virginia woman whom I became involved with through friends and whom ultimately invited me to a way out by way of returning with her too N.Virginia. I did and got into carpentry to make a living and, thus ,kept my sanity and ,to my joy , my original artistic tuning fork.
My point is considering why you chose to take the path of the muse through music in the first place; as a "job" just to get by and perhaps thrive, or as your sense of artistic "calling" to which you devote yourself to and keep your "Day Job" ,if it is not your calling , separate because you know your "calling" is too precious to you to risk profaning it to degenracy and, perhaps, losing it. If this has no real meaning to you then that's OK.
Then the quote from "Citizen Kane" is appropriate when the Sloan character was being interviewed about the just deceased Cahrles Foster Kane said " Well it's not trick to make a lot of money...if ALL you want to do is mke a lot of money ".
As far as the wealth game goes ; word has it that if you sincerely pursue and are true to your calling you can't help but acheive a level of mastery all your own as unique as one's signature that othe will discover and you will always make atleast a living.
Hence the danger of pandering to the evermore "brutish" sensations of the purely hyper-sensual biological human.
You become what you chose and if pandering to the lowest natures of the human spirit through your profession suits you just fine, then go in peace. Life's made to be lived, I s'pose.
I guess I'm just making the case for that part of the path of the artist/musician/ troubador/writer..whatever.. is ultimately a "spiritual path " for it is , as is my non-denominational belief , that the artistic experience is one way that the higher spirit communes with and through otherwise we would just endlessly plod on as clever opposing thumbed tool-making and weilding beasts , the so-called "biological human" which the secular humanists vouchsafe is all there is to existence. Thus thee is no higher spirit to be held account to, hence no real reason for striving for a higher purpose because there is none, just the endless round of preserving the same level of existance with evermore material fascinations.
That is why I take such issue with the secualr humanists/ Carl Saganists and fundamentalist evolutionaries.
To them I say to what possible need for survival of the fittest did the need for a strictly biological human ever arise to "have" to master a musical instrument like a Beethoven or a Mozart ,let alone compose like a Beethovan or Mozart. Whence came the Gregorian Chants. Biological humanistic splitting of ever smaller quantified hairs just strike me as missing the point entirely which is why the explanation is so very alien to them.
Mind you I speak of that spiritual self and not any particular "religion", but apparently even this is just too much ground to even consider.
I didn't intend it to go this way , but there you have it anyway.
...and that's my story and I'm sticking to it. ;-)