Chasing a dream in a world full of people who gave up on theirs

"What do you do for a living?"
"When will you get a real job?"
"You wouldn't understand what it's like to work every day"
"oh i saw you do that promo job, have you given up on that acting/dancing/presenting stuff..."
I think all of us have had these annoying conversations with old school friends, acquaintances or as my friend calls them "frenemies"... People whom consciously or unconsciously try to bring you down with needless questions. Questions that question why you pursue your dream and why you haven't given up on them for a 9-5 job like them. A job they resent having, every Sunday evening...
well i wrote this little blog piece on those awkward convos and questioning what is a "real" job...
let me know your thoughts and free free to share

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Well done! I really enjoyed reading it! Keep up the good work :)

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David Vale

I had a friend who would always ask if I had any work, with that pained expression already on his face, ready to offer sympathy. I told him once he always managed to make me feel like a failure.

I am very much for doing what you are good at, and doing what you enjoy (these are often linked), but I always wince a bit at the "living the dream" line. It seems to encourage a lack of realism. I went into acting late, after 35 years in a more conventional career, which I also enjoyed, btw. Acting is a brutally tough, competitive way to try and make a living and you need to be really good, and also somewhat lucky, to do so.

I think that encouraging people to live the dream when they really are not good enough to have a chance is not doing them any favours. How many college and drama school courses are taking advantage of people who are "living the pipe dream"?

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