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...
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?
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.
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?
Usually it's a pretty simple flowchart for me: 1) Will we be safe? 2) Money?
You want to get the gig? You want to make the deal? You want to grow the sales? You want you want you want? How bad do you want it? Show me any "overnight success" and I'll show you the "dog years" of "overnight." Marathon, not sprint.
Sometimes who you work with determines who will work with you!
Can you really "fire" a customer?