Being a Drama Student
We face a lot of hate. Usually it starts with, “What are you going to do with that?”, “You don’t actually plan on acting, do you?” or “Do you at least have a plan B?”. Let me start by saying this: being a student who’s also working on her bachelor of education, I can actually say I have a lot more hope in getting a job out of my drama degree than I do becoming a teacher right away. Drama degrees take you in a plethora of directions: acting, production, drama in education, just to name a few, and not to mention that all of those are applicable in any field you take. I’ve gotten a supervising job in retail due to my experience as an assistant stage manager. I’ve used my acting training in every job interview I’ve ever had. I’ve taken what I learned in drama in ed classes in my field placements for education courses. No offence, but how will knowing that “water expands about 9% when it freezes” benefit you in your everyday life, other than the job you’re hoping to get when you graduate. Or other facts just like that one that you can easily find on google. You criticize us because we’re not spending four years on the chance to make money as a doctor or lawyer. What you don’t understand, is while you spend all your time on a specific field, we are learning about every field. We are learning about the life around us, learning how to understand why things are the way they are. When we graduate, we can apply understanding and perspective in whichever path we take.
I feel bad about putting down your degree to make a point, so let me explain why I did. Now obviously you have your reasons for being in the program you’re in. And I have mine. So how does it feel to compare my program to yours, just to justify it? See, thanks to the perspective my teachers have given me, I understand why people choose science. I understand why english and business are the choices some of you make. Because in order for the world to turn, everyone needs to contribute to every necessary factor of life. We need doctors. We need lawyers. We need accountants. We need teachers. And believe it or not, we need art.
So next time you want to tell someone their audition is not as important as your essay, think again. That audition can mean everything to them. To me, it means whether or not I can take a course that I need to graduate. To someone else, who wants to act (and there’s nothing wrong with that) it can determine their future. I know several people who have made it into television, film, and theatre, as actors. I also know people who have taken their arts degree and molded it to become teachers, therapists, and even a lawyer, who uses creative thinking to find new perspectives on cases.
My degree can do a lot. And so can yours. We’re all at school for a reason, so just because you don’t understand it, doesn’t mean no one else does. Build a bridge, and get over it. Worry about your own exams. And good luck on ‘em. Cause one day, you’ll contribute to society as much as I do, whether I choose to become a teacher OR an actress.
Peace & Love,