Originally Posted by Mediocrefunkybeat
Yes, I can appreciate that. Absolutely. But when we talk about musicians, we're generally talking about commercially successful musicians, correct? When we talk about artists, they were not necessarily recognised in their lifetimes.
Often, but not always.
Of course, it also depends on your definition of "successful."
Many classical composers were indeed recognized during their life time, but their financial success was debatable. Plenty of modern commercials artists make a good living, but have no name recognition outside of their given field.
And then there are the sheer number of musicians who's records never turned a profit, or were only successful for a very short period of time, and all the bands out there who still have day jobs even though they have commercially available albums.