I want to be an movie/tv actress and lawyer at the same time!
I’ve been wanting to be an actress since I was 3. I can also dance, I’ve loved it since I was 3. I can sort of sing. Drama is my favorite class at school. But I need something else just in case, so I plan to graduate in law and be a lawyer. I am also passionate in law, but it is a recent addition. But keep auditioning for roles. I’ve wanted to be an author or artist since I was young too. I am pretty good at public speaking/speech/acting. I have won awards and many people have said so. I’ve wrote stories and books since I was in 2nd grade. I’m pretty good at art too, it’s one fo my favorite subjects! I won many prizes for both. I get good grades too. What should I do?? I think I should go with this plan, but please help me by giving me advice! civilrightslawyer lawyer law college acting dancing passion advice author stories writing art drama
That being said, I would only pursue a career in the legal field if it is something you are truly passionate about. From your post above, it sounds like you are truly passionate about theater and dance. If a legal career is also something you are interested in, then I say go for it! However, if you're merely looking for a backup career, I'm not sure that's the best reason to go to law school. Law school involves a lot of hard work and can be pretty expensive, unless you're able to get some scholarships. Careers in the legal field also involve a lot of hard work and can be stressful and overwhelming. I would only suggest pursuing a career in the law if it is something that truly interests you. If you're not sure, then I suggest taking some courses related to the legal field and seeing if you like them! Happy to answer any follow up questions and best of luck!
If I could do it again, I probably would have gone to music school first, while I was younger, instead of trying to get into the arts as an older person. Either way is do able, but since music was really my passion, I wish I had done that first. In my opinion, it is easier to became a lawyer later in life, when a person knows that is what they really want (and can possibly pay for law school by themselves)! In fact, while I was in law school, there were some people for whom the law was a second career, and they were serious about it and seemed to thrive.
Now, this does not mean don't do both, but I suggest you only go to law school if you are passionate about the law, clear on why you want to be a lawyer, and have an idea about what you want to do with the law degree. It is okay to change your idea of course, as long as you have a clear idea. If you are not sure, maybe wait on law school a bit and pursue acting and writing, which you are clearly passionate about. There is time!
If you are clear that you are passionate about the law however, then go for it! You will have to be disciplined with your time, but it is possible to continue acting while in law school. My law school had a wonderful theater group, and I was in several shows: plays, musicals and operettas. We even did our own version of the show "Chicago." And I have done other shows since then. And there are many professionals who write on the side, including lawyers!
If you feel comfortable, talk things over with your parents and/or support network. Hang in there, it will all work out! :-)
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It's great that you have so many passions! I'm currently at my last year in university. Going into college, just like you, I had many different interests. What has helped me narrow down my options is partaking in internships and/or student-led organizations that pertain to my interests. For example, I've always wanted to go into government; so, I interned for a governmental office. This internship has helped me understand what it's actually like to pursue a career in government. I think first-hand experience can be extremely valuable in helping you navigate your options a bit better. I wish you all the best!