As a writer, I was told that I needed to pick a backup career. Something I could make money in, something I could support my family with, something that could get me- anywhere.
I listened. I went to college, I got my Bachelor's in English, and I worked full-time through college.
I graduated, and got a job as a creative writing teacher, helping others to create the dream careers that they want, and showing them how they can be successful by doing what they love.
When I publish one of my books some day, I will take the advance, and use it to live. I can live my life and support my family, by being who I want to be.