Being an artist means being willing to engage with the world in a fresh way. It means to be able to observe things and express them. These “things” can be thoughts, ideas or material things in the world. Also being an artist involves sacrifice. There is a good chance that you will have something interesting to say and not have an audience. This happens a lot and the world is better for it.
So, an advantage of being an artist is this heightened sensitivity to your surroundings and being able to nurture a childlike playfulness towards experiences throughout your life. This enables you to experience a richer life than someone who is not concerned about these things.