“To labor in the arts for any reason other than love is prostitution.”
— Steven Pressfield, The War of Art
A friend and I were recently discussing artistic integrity. I had taken a job that paid well even though it didn’t feed me creatively at all. I wasn’t struggling with the decision — I had come to the conclusion that as long as a well-paying job is relatively easy and doesn’t take too much time away from passion projects, I’ll take on as many as I need to. His response was somewhat in agreement, though it made me think (as this person’s responses are apt to do). He said this:
Artistic integrity is a luxury granted to people who have the option of having it.