Can you imagine a grumpy Santa? All parodies aside, the two don't (or shouldn't) match. Now extrapolate that into a grumpy artist - true, there are some, but should there...
When there's no one to tell you to "get up" or "go to school" or "clean your room" - guess what? It's YOU.
People will let you work as hard as you want.
Is there really a benefit to "less?" If you consider human nature, then absolutely!
We're born with faith. It's a natural response. Cynicism is learned. Does it have to be learned at all?
Doing what you promised and doing your best is the most important thing if you want to serve a client. If the client is happy, then we ARE the best
It's common sense - be nice to people and they hire you more. If we turn the disconcerting experience into a show, entertaining, and draw someone in a way that DOESN'T exacerbate their insecurities, it's in our best interests to do so - "loose portrait" is the result.
Why do you insist on staying in character?
Whenever you focus on the best experience possible for the guest, you'll also achieve being the best option for your client. If you focus on being "the best" first, you'll find nothing but frustration.
As the song goes "the things we do for love." How much do you love your "why?"
Do you trust yourself enough to stand by your terms?
Whose fault is it if your customers don't know you can help them?