Selling Out?

Is being called a sell-out a barrier to using your fannishness, your geekiness, in your career?

There's an odd idea that if you work for a big company (or even if you just make a lot of money), you've somehow compromised yourself.  You've given up on the art, turned what you love into crude cash, etc.  I encounter this idea erratically, but it always seems to be out there.

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