If your major has anything to do with arts whether its performance, art, theatre, music, or film; you've probably heard a lot of your friends and family lecture you about having unrealistic expectations about your future. You probably get badgered with "What exactly will you do with that degree?", or "what's your backup plan?"
What they don't understand is that we don't NEED a backup plan. We have determination. There are plenty of ways to use our degree, but some of us may not have gone for the degree, there is nothing wrong with wanting to get better at your craft. If I didn't go to college, I wouldn't be half as good as I am now. There is nothing wrong with being infatuated with learning new things.
A lot of people have said to me "you don't need a degree to be an actor." As I've heard many people say you don't need a degree to be an artist, or write music, or perform, or make films. DO NOT let this get to you. You keep doing what makes you happy, and what you love to do.
I decided to go to school for theatre at a young age. I realized that I would rather be doing something that I loved, and would look forward to every day, than sit in boring classes that I wasn't interested in for four years; it turned out to be the best decision I've ever made.
When people tell you that you don't take real classes, just laugh it their face knowing that they're bitter. They're bitter because they dread school. They watch you doing what they wish they were doing. They've turned their passion into a hobby, and went with their backup plan so that they could make money.
It might be hard at first, but don't be nervous about jobs and earning money, you'll find a job before you know it, even if you have to get a job in retail while working on your career, there's nothing wrong with that. We are the people who chose to find a job we love, so that we don't spend a single day working.
Dream big, look forward to your future. Don't let anyone talk you out of doing what you want to do.