I have trouble (mostly from my family) getting people to recognize my freelancing as a job. My family thinks it is a hobby and that I need to get a real job. When I try to talk with them about the things I have published or the book I am working on, they change the subject. My dad always changes the subject to my husbands job.
Does anyone else have a problem with people not recognizing your freelancing as a real job? Do you defend it or let it go?
Remember that your family might believe they are just protecting you. A good family will go to a lot of trouble to keep each other safe emotionally. Anyone with a brain understands that writing is hard. It can mean a lot of rejection and require some really tough skin. Maybe they need to see how you handle disappointments. Don't just show of your success. Let them see your failures too and how you gain strength and momentum through them. Handling the doubt of your family could actually equip you to write better and more confidently. Watching you turn your bummers into blessings through stubborn tenacity and conviction might turn them into your biggest cheerleaders. Stick with it.