Glad you see it like this! As you can tell, I really appreciate this discussion as well!
In that case… you asked for it!
I might have given this impression, but I don’t see hobbies as being anything bad or less valuable than any other thing, mostly just different.
It’s just that I work with many small makers and developers and I see how much sweat and blood goes into the making of their works. Inside me, something cringes when I hear it called hobby, because to me it goes way beyond that. But as I said, that’s linked to what the term means to me so don’t worry too much about that.
I know quite a few of those. Unfortunately it’s not the case for just the music area, but also other creative fields are affected. I the point is that when it comes to creative trades, the concept of “professional” is to be considered from a slightly different angle than when we talk about what traditionally is considered a non-creative trade (this distinction is probably worth a discussion in itself, but let’s just stick with it for now). When you make music, photography, art, whatever it is, being a “pro” is not only less relevant, but has also a different meaning in my opinion. I think, depending on how the individual approaches it, this also extend to the outer regions of creative trades.
What I mean is, often the software that enables you to be creative is a creative work in itself.