There will almost always need to be compromise between what you want to do… and what makes you money.
The progressive rock band Yes is a great example. They rose to fame making complex mystical art-rock in the 70s. But it was in 1982, when they adopted a more pop style, that they experienced their biggest commercial success with “Owner of a Lonely Heart”. It was their only #1 hit and the album sold over six million copies.
Quite often your career will be faced with that dilemma.
Will you make art, or will you make money?
There’s no right or wrong answer.
If you’re fortunate, your art will make you money with little compromise. But quite often you’ll be torn between creating your art and creating your profit.
In rock ‘n’ roll, they call you a sell-out when you compromise your art too much in the name of sales figures.
Just remember that selling out is impossible if no one is buying in.