I feel as if sometimes Idol and Talent discourage musicians form getting out and playing in public as they may not be that amazing singer or player they are seeing and hearing today. We all see what happens to the ones who are not at the acceptable level. There is a standard and there well should be who wants to listen to out of key and off the rails? But doesn't anyone play just because they love to anymore? Do we all have to have stars in our eyes and expect to become rich and famous and if we can't well lets just not try??
I'll admit playing and practising is hard work setting up and tearing down and all the bs that goes with it rarely evens out for the money I make. But I don't do it for the money I do it because I love to play and I love top perform for people as much as I love to play at home by myself in front of my computer.