Art doesn't pay.
music, literature, sculpture, film, photography, dance, painting...
Art is Art.
business is business.
The tiny fraction of artists who are able to make art they believe in whilst making a living wage are one of three things:
1 - ridiculously fortunate (lightning strikes once in a while)
2 - so talented that they have broad appeal and enough people are willing to pay
3 - making art that they may not entirely believe in - but it pays well and see point #1.
Most successful artists that I am aware of fall into one of those three buckets. There are probably more buckets. And I don't know what I'm talking about. This is just the rambling opinions of the village idiot.
If I ever go to grad school - my dissertation will be titled: God Hates Artists
lil gave me the nudge... I better come clean.
The short version of a long story is that I got the job offer. I'm in the middle of negotiating the exit from my current employer... and if all goes well, I will have an even better story to tell after Thanksgiving.
I think that badges don't go to "you" per se... they go to the post. So this post has been badged, not you.
There is a secret sauce algorithm that determines when you earn badges to spend (posts, comments, shares, etc). That algorithm might include a factor of having your content badged... That I don't know.
I hope that helps.