Upon moving to L.A. to pursue a career in music, I received criticism from most. Attempts at dissuasion included emails containing articles explaining why I should shun the industry, and direct remarks that the move was a, "waste of time." I can recall when a former hired gun quit, then subsequently asked if I would join his new band as an unpaid session player.
My refusal led to an interesting question: "Haven't you ever just wanted to be a part of a band?" But, of course, I had never simply desired to be in the background of anything, so my response was that there was nothing that would ever convince me to believe in my own artistic and business decisions any less than one-hundred percent.