art vs. income vs. love

So I traveled to the one-time, booming metropolis of Butte, MT for a cyclocross yesterday. It's most likely the only cross course in the world with a view of a pit that is big enough to hold the the Superdome. So I went to photograph. I love photographing cross races, because it's what I do. But does it pay? In Montana? There aren't that many racers, and it's the same folks all of the time. It doesn't pay. Should I be racing instead. Probably. Well, after I posted the photos I was contacted by one of the racers that wanted to buy a print. First time ever. The photo has him and his kid in it. That's it. Gotta take more kid photos.