I just read a great article on Etsy written by a woman who makes pottery. She was torn--in order to make great sales, she needed to make what was popular, and she did not feel fulfilled making those types of items.
The article talked about artists needing to make a living v wanting to make what was in their heart.
I think we can all understand this dilemma.
They had great suggestions though. They talked about making sure you had a real creative outlet, like joining artists groups or if you're able to, making what is in your heart, it doesn't matter if it sells.
It was a nice article.