My mate Nathan is a famous poet who lives at the foot of a bunch of old volcanoes. He's won national awards and published a stack of books but commutes a vast distance and works part-time to make ends meet.
His Dad used to work in a beef slaughter house to make ends meet before he became a famous painter of stuff like the one above called "Dark ocean of dark eyes with wind". ($12500 AU) and the one below called "Bullock and still life in a dark landscape" ($11000 AU). These are some of his works currently on exhibition at the prestigious Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane, AUSTRALIA.
This tension between the creative life and the pragmatic necessity of putting food on the table every night reminds me of a quote from Nietzche roughly translated to mean:
"He who has a why to live for,
can bear with almost any how"