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Lack the skills and passion for the major that I chose (illustration), don't know what to do?

cocoqscocoqs Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
I'm not good enough to compete, I don't have the passion to compete. I'm nearing the end of my college life so changing majors isn't a question. What should I do after college?

Replies to: Lack the skills and passion for the major that I chose (illustration), don't know what to do?

  • woodwindswoodwinds Registered User Posts: 601 Member
    Start with thinking about what kind of work you ARE interested in. Also, can you tell us what you mean by not having the passion to compete. Applying for jobs, or something else?
  • cocoqscocoqs Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
    edited December 2015
    @woodwinds The work I'm interested in I don't have experience or talent in, either: entertainment (1. singing/dancing 2. acting). Basically, I've dreamt all my life with no action and I'm basically starting from scratch. Knowing that, I'm still faced with the question of life after college.

    I don't have the passion to compete because I don't have the desire to put in the hours and time that succeeding as an artist requires.
  • woodwindswoodwinds Registered User Posts: 601 Member
    People often speak of "talent", not understanding that the vast majority of successful artists, musicians and actors get where they are because of very hard work. Loads of people have talent. Far fewer have the desire and willingness to put in the effort required.

    cocoqs, if you don't have the desire to put in the time that success as an artist requires, would you have the desire to put in that same time requirement as an entertainer or actor?

    What experience do you have in entertainment? Have you done musicals? Most cities have active community theater.
  • cocoqscocoqs Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
    edited December 2015
    @woodwinds Hard work AND talent. :/ I think I do.. I can't imagine working hard for anything else. The reason I've never acted upon my desires was anxiety and money. Anxiety is less of an issue now, but money still is. I'm unemployed and rely heavily on financial aid. Other than role-playing when I was a kid, taking one dance class, writing a short script for English class in elementary, and amateur singing in my room, I don't have any experience.
  • woodwindswoodwinds Registered User Posts: 601 Member
    I have a few suggestions. First of all, many actors and entertainers did not study acting or music in college, so while that helps it's not absolutely necessary. You are however about 22 (?) and starting skills that others have been working on for years, although not all of them. Jon Stewart, formerly of the Daily Show, studied chemistry in college. So an arts education is not wasted. You could find employment somewhere to pay bills and work on your skills in whichever field you find is interesting. Find a church choir and join--free. Start acting in community theaters. I had a colleague in the government (where I worked) who was a great actor in community theaters. Find a dance class and learn. Second, I recommend posting the same question in the CC Music Major forum, where there are lots of nice people with loads of suggestions, and also try the Music Theater forum. There are many ways to work into a field you're interested in. It takes hard work and also creativity.
  • cocoqscocoqs Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
    @woodwinds "You could find employment somewhere to pay bills..." minimum wage employment? Being realistic, I can't imagine what other employment I'd find after college.

    Your suggestions are specific/directional, which is definitely something I need right now. Thank you so much! I didn't know joining a church choir was free. I'll look into what you've suggested. I'll head over to those forums and seek their advisement, as well.
  • mom4bwayboymom4bwayboy Registered User Posts: 1,646 Senior Member
    @cocoqs - what exactly is your college major? Do you have experience in any type of job category? No matter where you go next, many (most??) college graduates are starting in some sort of "beginner" level job - often for little or no money. Maximum money for least level of experience is often in food service or similar. At the same time, those kinds of jobs can offer flexibility to pursue opportunities/training in theater, dance and music. If that is your passion and you are willing to do the work, it is not "too late". There are several people on the Musical Theater forum who have shared their "non-college" theater training experience. C'mom over and check it out. Don't let the extensive MT backgrounds scare you off. There are all kinds of paths to theater success - "innate talent" is a tiny fraction of what it takes to get there.
  • cocoqscocoqs Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
    @mom4bwayboy My major is art. I don't have experience in any job category. The last time I volunteered for anything was more than 5 years ago.
  • jenndonjenndon Registered User Posts: 33 Junior Member
    @cocoqs I have a friend who was an English major. She taught middle school, then got another degree in Library Sciences. She wasn't happy with that. She ended up getting a clerical job at TUTS here in Houston (a large theater company that does Broadway style musicals). She ended up performing in 3 of them and got paying work in other community theaters. That was in her late 20s. She ultimately decided it wasn't for her and teaches dance fitness classes now, but her example shows that it's never too late, and doing research and making contacts can get you a long way. She danced drill team in high school, but then took some classes 10 years later when she decided she wanted to do some auditions.
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