The above question was asked a few months ago, and I used it for a long blog post on my webcomic Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong’s website. Here’s a quote to get you started:
“So here’s an awful truth: if you pursue ANYTHING, be it comics, writing, movie-making, acting, piracy or clog dancing to a professional level, if you seek to make this one thing your life’s work, you will meet people along the way who will discourage you from making a thing you love into a thing you do well and a thing you (possibly) do for money. I’m not talking about Random Internet Idiots who like to hide behind anonymity and snipe at you that your comics suck, I’m talking about respected industry professionals, people whose opinions are worth your time, telling you that your work suuuuuuuuuuucks and you should probably reconsider your quest to become a professional artist.”
Read the rest at Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong (scroll past the comic page).