Not even six months ago I quit my day job, rerouted my life, and followed a passion that had been put on the sideline for far too long. Since then I have never worked harder or felt more satisfied in what I do every day. So here's how I did it.
Find a hobby that you continue to shove into the background. Major in science, intern everywhere you can to get into a good graduate school, get a solid job, and work with a secure job for the rest of your foreseeable future
Start building up your skills in your hobby. Do too much work for free or for a kind review or recommendation. Do it as much as you can for your school, your friends, your family, etc. Work two jobs - one in food service and one to boost that graduate school resume. Take as many classes as you can - still grasping at that graduate school that will pave the way to success in security.
When the time is right, have a long meaningful conversation about your future with your significant other, realize you've been suppressing the need to have a creative outlet and have time to make it grow, and say "screw it, I'm going to do what I love"
Live in a city that surrounds you with inspiring people who want to work with you, support you, and encourage each other to continue to kick ass and take names. Daily.
Document everything. Continue to kick ass and take names (in the most lovely way possible). Go on adventures. Meet new people. Smile. Pick flowers. Drink wine (but not too much because most of your work days start at 7 am)
"Stay humble; Hustle hard"