No, I will not dumb this down.
No, I will not wear that.
No, I don't believe in sharing that message.
That's powerful. Are you all about taking the pay check, or do you stand for something?
In the long term, the artist's dream is to tell the stories they want to tell with the resources and expertise they need to do it properly.
While you're building towards that level, your decisions and actions, every day, shape the artist you're becoming.
Don't let success, or lack thereof, dictate whether you'll do something in this industry. Who you are and what you decide speaks volumes, and defines who you are as an artist.