Once, after doing amateur stand-up, I was approached by a good friend who said, "Oh man. It takes real guts to go up there and do that." I smiled and said something like, "You get used to it. It's actually pretty fun."
It occurred to me much later that this is not something you would say to a comedian who, you know, killed. It's like someone looking at your portfolio and saying, "Wow. It must be scary at times, knowing that you're living hand-to-mouth on your photography."