You Are What You Do ( in the eyes of others)

A friend of mine was at a party recently when someone he had been casually chatting to asked what he did. " I'm an artist' he replied.

"You must be very good" said the other person, obviously impressed "I mean to make enough to live on".

"Yeah, well I do a bit of carpentry and decorating work to make ends meet"

" Oh, right" the new aquaintance faltered " a bit like me, I'm a rock-star but I work for the council".