I am very happy that this generation can more take advantage of the increased opportunities before them. If I had told my parents I wanted to be a painter or a musician they would have suggested I choose something more practical so I could support a family. I followed that guidance and don't really have major regrets as I kept the artistic endeavors going on the side. However, marrying your passion with a career is the ultimate goal for any artist.
Had I chosen art or music my life might have followed a more challenging path but I cannot say for certain. What I can state with certitude is that the options were considerably more limited back then.