Being a professional entertainer I get asked that question a lot. "What do you do for a real job?" I used to be offended that people thought entertaining families wasn't a "real" job. However, now I realize that instead of being defensive and thinking "how dare they imply what I do isn't work!" I should be happy that they think that way. I mean even I think that what I do isn't work sometimes
Don't get me wrong, being an entertainer is hard work.
There is a lot of failing and doubt from the people around you that you can actually make a living off blowing up balloons or juggling chainsaws. Not to mention the hours of practice that goes in to learning your skill(s), maintaining your skill(s) and growing your skill(s).
We haven't even brought up the business side of things like paying my own taxes or getting people to book me out in the first place.
But when you look at it as a whole, I love my job. I look froward to my job! I wake up in the morning wanting to go make people happy and I am able to go do that and get paid doing it. I mean, I don't really understand how I got it so good myself. I love that my "real job" is so awesome that people don't think it actually is a real job! They think its a fake job or a side thing I do because I like unicycling. That's GREAT! I can't think of something I'd rather be doing as a job that I would normally be doing as a hobby anyway!