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Professional vs. confessional. Which am I? Which are you?

The other day I was reading an interview with Bob Dylan in which he described himself as a confessional songwriter, not professional.  His meaning was that he writes songs to say something not to get paid (although he clearly gets paid, a lot).

His distinction made me ask myself: which am I? Obviously, I’m not professional, as I make nary a dime for my efforts, and I am not motivated by money to write songs. But I’m not confessional, either, as I don’t write songs because I feel I have something to say. Instead, I write them because they build up inside, and I just need to release them, or they will drive me nuts.

So here’s the question: which are you, confessional or professional? In other words, do you pursue art for money or to say something or neither or both?