This is mostly for the professional magicians here. Performing magic (or even working in the ''other rooms of magic") is largely a creative field. Which means that it comes with its own share of difficulties. Which also means that it naturally seems more ''not practical'' compared to jobs closely linked with academics or what is socially accepted. Those who managed to transform into professional magicians and actually support their life purely by doing things related to magic, were there negative or discouraging opinions thrown at you? If yes, what were they generally? How did you combat them and are where you are today? Which opinions did you compromise with? Were there times even people you hoped would side with you tried to discourage you so that you do something 'safer' (nothing wrong with that)? How did you make your way through that? Please do reply, for I do think that while everybody needs reality checks and people pushing them to a more secure path, everybody also needs a nudge to see if they can make their own path.