And I'll see your good points and raise you a couple more, Kai.
Britney Spears' music. Okay, I can criticize it for being commercial, unoriginal, and derivative and wish a certain torturous death upon anyone who buys her cd. BUT, I have to be careful that I'm actually on solid philosophical grounds if I do so. More than once - okay, hundreds of times - I've been properly handed my hat or served crow, so I try not to be too judgemental, lest I find out that I was wrong all along. At least, I try to base my philosophies upon positive statements about things I like or approve of, rather than negative statements about what I do not. In other words, I try hard not to define myself by my dislikes. I define myself by my likes and give others the opportunity to do likewise. I know you know what I mean, so I'm not debating. Just clarifying where I stand on issues that are largely dependent on subjectivity.
I have some pretty quirky tastes (not Britney Spears) that a number of my peers think specious. Raised in rural Missouri, there are certain country songs that - to me - are as pure as the driven snow. I'm primarily a jazzer, so even my jazz tastes get frequently criticized by artistic folks who find jazz inaccessible. I just can't live with the ideology anymore that someday, they'll be the ones who evolve "up" to my tastes. There's more historical evidence to suggest that I'll evolve sideways.
As far as recognition for commercial work, like I mentioned earlier, fame is a double-edged sword. Unfortunately, we live in a highly judgemental society. If I'm doing a commercial gig that pays the bills but is somehow judged by the elitists to be pedestrian or "low", I don't necessarily want my name associated publicly with the product which might keep me from getting a good gallery representation or "validity" as a fine artist. Know what I mean? Say I sculpted a Britney Spears figure, for instance...
Sometimes it's a paradox and better to just bank the check and move on quietly to the next gig. There are companies out there who do give credit right on the packaging, though, and I've always appreciated it, because it lets me actually prove that I do indeed exist. I've also asked companies not to give me credit. Kind of an Allen Smythee sort of thing.
This year, I'm producing more guitars under my own name than I've done commercial gigs, mostly for the purpose of developing my own brand in a way *I* want to develop it. For years, I've been part of the product development talentpool that's helped a number of businesses succeed and I figured it was time I did that for myself, before time got away from me.
And while I still had some remnant of pride.