Who’s in the Driver’s Seat?

This blog post by Seth Godin poses a classic dilemma:

To what extent does someone tailor their work to their audience VS. Producing according to their own personal tastes.

Do I become the photographer (actor, writer, architect, programmer, musician, etc.) clients want me to be because they pay the bills?  Or do I continue to forge my own path, regardless of external opinions? 

Of course the ideal situation would be if your audience wanted to consume exactly the same things that you want to produce.  But, that perfect world does not exist.

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