Every decision a person makes in his or her life is certain to evoke varied responses from others, whether they're wanted or not. There are the people who truly think that what you're doing is a good decision (praise), and there are those who dishonestly tell you they think it's a good decision because they don't want to upset you (lies). There are those who think it's a bad decision, but are too amiable to say anything at all (silence), and there are those who have no problem badgering you with their arguments opposing your decision (objection).
Regarding my recent change in major, I've encountered every type of response on the spectrum: praise, lies, silence, and objection. Regardless of what sort of feedback I receive and where it comes from, I think it's imperative that I keep my own voice as the position of authority in my mind. I can't do something life changing because other people think it's a good idea; I can't avoid something I want to do because other people think it's a bad idea.
Of course, the objecting responses are the most difficult to deal with. Let me share with you a few of the negative reactions that have been directed at my life decision.
"You're smarter than that."
"You're wasting all of this time and money on a hobby?"
"You really want to be some starving artist?"
"Theatre majors have to prostitue themselves taking roles they normally wouldn't just to pay rent."
My fellow actors, let's work together to overcome the unfavorable stereotypes expected of us. I have no doubts that those of us who work to survive in this world will be just fine. As playwright, Deborah Brevoort, once told me, "It's not about finding a job. It's about making one."