If you play the game right, you're gonna lose. What? You ARE going to lose. BUT... You're also gonna win. NOT talking about the superduperbowl. If you're a singer, a composer, an actor, a painter and in doing so you're a TRUE artist, there is a "game" you play. It's a serious game. A trumpet player friend who played in Buddy Rich's band told me about the game. Every time he played, he tried to make it better than the last time. Two things he realized: 1) It's a losing game to play because you get to a point when improvement is so slow it is hardly noticeable, if at all. 2) There comes a time that you ARE good enough for what is needed AS A PROFESSIONAL. BUT (and this reaches beyond the moon) you still keep playing the game of trying to improve beyond where you are. When you stop trying to improve, well, that's the level of artist you are. "Art" is an unwinnable game from this perspective but the great thing about it is that there is no limit to it.