When you're shooting for pay, you'll have limited opportunity for "creative envisioning"... You have to get the shot you're getting paid to get. Period. So first you need the lens to do the paid work, then you can get the lenses you enjoy playing around and envisioning with later, with the profits you made from the paid work.
Fast zooms are almost a necessity for a lot of types of event photography. Or a brace of primes if you have time to swap lenses. Having two cameras helps. And combining FF with 1.6X helps leverage your lens kit, too.
i guess in that sense i have lots to learn about what i need. and thats exactly why ill be maintaining 2 bodies in the future.
thanks for all the inputs so far everyone. really helps with getting me to look at what i need.