Yeah, and that's the sad thing about art in today's culture vs art in history. Art isn't as greatly appreciated as it used to be, and the jobs that are available for artists, as you said, they don't get the final say in anything. Much respect though for following your goals. That's very commendable.
Yeah that really sucks. Unfortunately, all the new people (mostly the trolls) are spreading/enabling the idea that we are all elitist snobs. I'm trying to diffuse that perception, but there's only so much one can do.