If the musician or artist values their freedom and the ability to be creative, then they have to realize they won’t be making hundreds of millions of dollars. Sound advice from the multifaceted musician David Byrne. If you value your creative freedom, you might have to do other work on the side, to make a living, Byrne explains: Often the artists who are very successful don’t have much flexibility. In achieving success they lose a lot of their creative freedom. They have to keep making the same thing, more or less, over and over again.