“The tension for the artist in contemporary life is the same that it has always been: How do you secure a living for yourself while maximizing your art-making time and energy?”
Kleon is dead on in his rejection of the myth that artists go into recluse to create. As he rightly points out, the biggest reason why this isn't possible, is money. How do you "do what you love" and still have money to live? I rarely see the money question addressed as clearly as Kleon does here.