I shared this cartoon that a friend in Nashville put on Facebook a couple of months ago, and it remains as relevant as ever. Especially when even artists themselves - in this particular case, poets - are criticising others of their kind for expecting payment for their work and comparing them unfavourably with famous icons who have occasionally given away their work for free... Some, too, seem to find the desire for recognition of one's work derisory. So it seems that, unlike any other professionals, we're supposed to do what we do for no payment and purely for ourselves - even when we're performing in front of an audience that wants to be entertained - and somehow do it to the highest possible level whilst managing to exist on what we don't get paid for our skills. No, it's no good, I still don't get it...