What a way to make a living
The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living is the name of an album from the UK urban musician, The Streets, and a perfect description of the perils of making money in a profession that is among many people's dream jobs.
Spare a thought for this lot:
* Canadian singer Avril Lavigne (right) found herself being pilloried this month after it was revealed that she had been charging fans in Brazil up to $400 for "meet-and-greet" opportunities.
* The hipster-approved Brooklyn band Grizzly Bear told New York magazine about their financial woes in 2012: "Some of us have health insurance, some of us don't, we basically all live in the same places, no one's renting private jets."
* Jehnny Beth of London quartet Savages got a reality check after a conversation with her parents: "When I told my dad how much money I earned, he was shocked: "What? You go all around the world and you don't earn more money than I do?"