Is a painter or sculptor who doesn’t earn a living from their art an amateur? What about a hobbyist?
Is an actor who has dedicated their life to acting but still has to work a day job an amateur?
In America, one of our perversions is to label anything that doesn’t make money as useless at worst, or a hobby at best.
This is wrong.
If you’ve dedicated your life to something that no one else seems to care about, fuck ‘em. Society doesn’t get to define who you are.