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I love media and performing arts type of jobs, but they're not considered a "career", what should I major in that would classify as a career, but also include my favortie things?

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I've always loved being around cameras, and messing around, but when it comes to finding a "career" that fits the criteria of acting, you're only making money if you make it big. What major should i do that could lead down that path of acting or performing that would also help me find other jobs if I'm not successful. #college-major #college-advice #college-majors #help

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Lisa’s Answer

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Hi Sierra.  I recommend looking into a BA in Communications.  That's the degree that I have and, based on my experience,  I think it aligns with that you are looking for.  Performance/acting classes weren't part of the degree plan but media and visual communication classes were.  Initially, I wanted to go into a creative line of work (advertising) but have taken a totally different direction since graduating nearly 20 years ago.  My degree proved to be versatile.

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Jacob’s Answer

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Hi, Sierra,


I think there are a lot of opportunities for careers that are involved in acting/theater. Graphic design, cinematography, and film production programs would keep you around the creation of movies, theater, and/or advertisements. If your goal is staying in front of the camera then those options might not be for you but if you are just looking to stay near the process, those might fit the bill. I linked a couple of websites below that you might want to check out. I also agree with Lisa - a communications program is versatile and may enable you to pursue multiple paths.


Good luck - I hope this helps.

Jacob recommends the following next steps:

  • https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/majors/arts-visual-performing-film-production
  • https://www.princetonreview.com/college-majors/431/cinematography-film-video-production
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Michelle’s Answer

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Hello, Sierra G - Initially, to answer your question, I would say computer tech , communication studies, education. I did have a career in acting/theatre with a Bachelors in Theatre, but it was a very long time ago. Also, for the performing arts, it will be important to relocate to either Los Angeles or New York. It is possible to have a very creative and actually fun career !


Looking back on my degree, I would not have majored in Theatre, even though the actual B.A. opened many doors for me along my quite satisfying career path. I think I would have majored in social science or communications. My second career for 27 years was indeed in social service case management.


Keep in mind that times and job roles change over the years. It happened in the social service field. So it is difficult to project labor market predictions. Certain things should be a constant, however. Anything in the computer field or the medical services will probably always have plenty of job opportunities.


If you choose to major in Theatre, you can always teach acting (if you get the credential), start your own theatre group (which will mean hours and hours of grant writing), freelance as an actor in L.A. or New York.


Whatever you major in, remember that the Bachelors Degree will carry some weight in the labor market. Better yet, consider going for a Masters Degree in a complimentary subject that you decide upon. I wish you all the best in your exciting educational venture !

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