Though, this submission may not influence the average man or woman much, I do believe a few of us less than optimistic artists strruggle from time to time with perseverance.
There is a terrible amount to do. What with juried shows, group shows, solo Shows, calls to artists, open shows, open studios, online applications, application fees, Grad school searches, grad school applications bring us directly to dealing with schools, former professors, references, letters of recommendation, fellowships, T.A. positions, gallery sucking-up-tos, placating of patrons, let's not forget to dwell on making art, but finding cost-effective means for presentation, documentation and reviews, websites, geocities deleting our free websites (*shakes fist), curriculum vitae, e-mails, bloody artist's statements, catering, show cards, s/h, price lists, haggling with buyers, lacking buyers, and pushing the artistic envelope, being a professional artist can definitely seem complicated.
I want to stay in bed this afternoon. :} I'll get up though, don the black, and make my way. After all, the strong die, but not before the weak.