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Old 07-12-2013, 02:20 PM   #1
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Default Dropping Out of College?

I am thinking about dropping out of college to pursue my goal of getting into the entertainment industry. (acting/singing)


Do you think I should go for it or would it be a bad move to make? I am 27 years old and live with my mom and am unemployed and have lived a pretty sheltered life. I would be finished with college in about 2 years and am getting a degree in Business Management. I would be 29-30 years old before graduating from college if I continued and stayed in college. At the same time, I feel time might be running out for me. Do most people make it in Hollywood/music at 30+ years old? I have no training/experience at all in either acting/music but I at least want to try. If I don't I feel I will always regret it. At the same time if I try and don't make it and don't end up succeeding at it, I feel I will be angry about it and never let go of the pain of not being a success in it.


What should I do?


Anybody here working/trying to get in the entertainment industry and have any advice?
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Old 07-12-2013, 02:27 PM   #2
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Default Re: Dropping Out of College?

Stay in college.

Just do your entertainment/singing sh*t on the side. Is that really a full time job anyway until you actually get signed somewhere or whatever? I doubt it.
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Old 07-12-2013, 02:28 PM   #3
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Not sure if serious.

Stay in school. In your spare time feel free to pursue whatever.

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Old 07-12-2013, 02:34 PM   #4
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Old 07-12-2013, 02:36 PM   #5
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PM macho man

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Old 07-12-2013, 02:51 PM   #6
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Default Re: Dropping Out of College?

its fine to drop out, but find a more appropriate industry with actual achievable goals.

Do you currently sing in a band? Participate in community or regional theaters? You probably are not as good as you think you are.

I cannot believe you are 27 and think this is a realistic life goal. What did you do with the nearly decade since highschool?
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Old 07-12-2013, 02:52 PM   #7
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Stay in school. If you were dropping out and pursuing a trade rather than a college degree than I wouldn't feel as bad. But singing and acting..do that on the side. That's not guaranteed.
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Old 07-12-2013, 02:54 PM   #9
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Default Re: Dropping Out of College?

I would stay in school and do it on the side as well... There are classes you can take and things you can do to see if you are ready to make the jump into acting. If you aren't a very motivated person, chances are good that you could drop out, pursue this career, and get absolutely nowhere. Know thyself. If you aren't motivated, stick with safe route and then just add stuff on top of it. If it's something you really want, you will do it despite all the hours you have to put into other things.
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its fine to drop out, but find a more appropriate industry with actual achievable goals.

Do you currently sing in a band? Participate in community or regional theaters? You probably are not as good as you think you are.

I cannot believe you are 27 and think this is a realistic life goal. What did you do with the nearly decade since highschool?


I don't sing in a band and have no theater experience.


I have been floundering around since high school.


Even though I have no experience, do you feel it is something I should try?
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Old 07-12-2013, 03:01 PM   #11
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I don't sing in a band and have no theater experience.


I have been floundering around since high school.


Even though I have no experience, do you feel it is something I should try?
I would suggest you either take theater or performance classes in college or get involved with local theater. You are evaluating yourself in a bubble. Go out and see if you are any better than a random theater student at your school or somebody in the local community by direct competition for parts, etc.

Chances are you arent good enough. If you really want to be in the industry, get a degree in the theater arts (or experience) and try and be a grip or other behind the scenes role. Even those jobs are hard to get.

College may not be for you, but you need to have a more realistic aspiration.
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Old 07-12-2013, 03:04 PM   #12
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I would suggest you either take theater or performance classes in college or get involved with local theater. You are evaluating yourself in a bubble. Go out and see if you are any better than a random theater student at your school or somebody in the local community by direct competition for parts, etc.

Chances are you arent good enough. If you really want to be in the industry, get a degree in the theater arts (or experience) and try and be a grip or other behind the scenes role. Even those jobs are hard to get.

College may not be for you, but you need to have a more realistic aspiration.


Thanks man.
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Old 07-12-2013, 10:19 PM   #13
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I would suggest you either take theater or performance classes in college or get involved with local theater. You are evaluating yourself in a bubble. Go out and see if you are any better than a random theater student at your school or somebody in the local community by direct competition for parts, etc.

Chances are you arent good enough. If you really want to be in the industry, get a degree in the theater arts (or experience) and try and be a grip or other behind the scenes role. Even those jobs are hard to get.

College may not be for you, but you need to have a more realistic aspiration.


All that makes sense, thanks. About singing, how should I go about that?
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Old 07-12-2013, 10:22 PM   #14
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finish your degree in business. once you get the degree then you can experiment with the real world, if you fail, you know you have a degree to manage a mcdonalds for 20 dollars an hour.
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