A flag of convenience could be described as a symbol that serves as a tactical means of achieving an aim. Whether such a symbol is useful or effective in the long run is probably dependent on a person’s motivation.
The term was used in discussion by a creative practitioner who was looking for ways to be as financially successful as possible in the record business. It seemed like a smart idea at the time.
On a deeper level however, being strategic about the conception and presentation of creative work is likely to produce a set of unexpected results.
Art that has been created with passion and commitment might not always set the cash tills ringing, but it is more likely to stand the test of time than anything that has been created by committee, with the aim of hitting the jackpot.
Much depends on a practitioner’s attitude towards nurturing his or her own talents.