I've had friends tell me, "You are so lucky you know what you want to do." I've had people say, "I admire you for following your dream." And I've had others who've said, "I'll get check. You can pay me back later." Because, you see, pursuing a dream -- while it sounds very glamorous -- isn't exactly lucrative, at least not in the beginning...and that 'beginning' can stretch over a number years.