One of my pet peeves is when a judge on a show like American Idol asks a contestant, "What kind of artist do you want to be?” To ask this question, and to answer it, is to fundamentally misunderstand the term in question. You cannot choose what kind of artist you want to be. You simply are an artist, or you're not. This is to say, to be an artist is to have a specific mindset and psychology. The real question being asked here is “what kind of entertainer do you want to be?” This is an intelligible question, and one that can be answered.
One might also confuse a discussion about creators with that of their resulting creations. To be clear, we’re discussing the former, not the latter. So we don’t need to debate whether the byproduct of a creator is or isn’t art, or if it’s good or bad, etc. Those are subjective determinations that will vary from person to person. But whether the creator is an artist is not subjective. That is a fact. It may be a fact we are not privy to, or one that we suspect but can’t be certain of, but there is no debating that every creator has a set of intentions and motivations, whatever they may be. And I contend there is merit to unpacking these, both as consumers and creators - for it fosters clearer conceptions of what artistry entails, which ultimately serves to enhance both the creation of art and our appreciation for it.