Being an artist can be a hard journey for many of us...and one of the reasons is not necessarily that we don't know what to do or how to best do things, but the incredible amount of feedback from peers. Not including what goes between our ears (that's the main factor). However when you try to go after something special for you; be strong...because you will inevitably encounter lots of people (including friends and family) trying to stop you or slow you down. Main cause of this is not because they'd like to see you fail - but because they don't want to see you get hurt or fail and they may offer a more comfortable alternative. Remember....stay the course.