A "real job" does not have to mean doing something you hate in order to survive. Many people will judge you and even try to make you feel guilty and shameful for not being another number within the crowd of the corporate world. I had to break free of this twisted way of thinking and be proud of myself for all that I have worked for. When you are self-employed many people only see the public events you are apart of but miss all of the hours and effort that is put into making those events possible. People don't see the days and nights spent answering phone calls and emails, planning and organization for events, the write and re-writing process for the event descriptions, coordinating with other people, etc. The same is true for stay at home mothers and college students. People as a whole need to stop the criticism of themselves and others and allow themselves to chase their dreams. Stop listening to all the nay-sayers and start pursuing!