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as a little girl i have always loved singing dancing and performing but 4 years ago i took a real interest into politics and law and from then till now i was going to finish school and go to law school and study law and become a lawyer ,but recently i have been really doubting my decision and deep down i know i still love singing ,dancing,and pretending like im in a film ( know this sounds silly) i really do not know what to do i would love to become an actor but im not sure if i have time now or have what it takes ,i have done dance since i was little so that is no problem but do i really have what it takes to become an actor .there is way better actors out there that can sing amazing and act way better than i ever could but what should i do i have 2 years left in school and i did not chose to study drama i chose dance and sociology so that i could become a lawyer .help please ,and also is there any place i could study both or should i pick one #college #law #acting

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Maliaka’s Answer

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Hi Katie;
Making life decisions can be scary, but it is part of the growth process. I would recommend you research both fields so that you are fully empowered with as much information as possible. Weigh the pro's and con's for each career, and lastly decide which field you feel most passionate about. Which field do you think you could see yourself in long term even if you weren't getting paid for it. Which career would you pursue even if you were working for free. If you would consider doing that particular job without getting paid, then that's probably the the career you're most passionate about. I wish you the best!
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Rochelle’s Answer

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Hi Katie,

Who said you can’t do both? You can consider becoming a paralegal while you pursue performance art. Before you rush off to a law degree take some time to dive in the arts while still keep law in your back pocket. If after a year you still find the interest law school will still be there.
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Brian’s Answer

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Both of my daughters were like you. They loved to dance and participated in dance competitions when they were young. They liked to twirl batons as well. They followed their passion and applied to several colleges to pursue a Dance major in college. Although they didn't want to be professional dancers, their passion was so strong that I felt compelled to support them. I did ask that they also have a dual major. Long story short, they both graduated from UCLA with double majors... one of them dance. Neither went on to dance professionally, but they wouldn't change a thing. One is a successful realtor and the other is an executive recruiter living in London. The discipline and lessons learned through dance is foundational to many life skills. If you are able to follow your passion, go for it. Live life with few regrets. Keep your eyes wide open for creative ways to leverage learnings to apply to other opportunities. Most people change their occupations at least seven times, so view it as a series of experiences that build upon each other.

My daughters have friends who were fantastic dancers. Some danced in professional dance companies and for an NFL team. One now spends most of time choreographing other dancers.

Life is about experiences and continual learning. Go for it!
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Joe’s Answer

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All I can say young lady is I had the opportunity to become a pro athlete something I dreamed about throughout my childhood. After participating in a try-out the man who conducted it told me the scouts from Argentina were interested in me. I wound up talking myself out of the opportunity due to being too scared to take a chance.
If you truly have ability to perform and even if you don't but have the desire and determination it's not sound thinking to be saying what if I don't make it or am I good enough.
Actors are working people just like lawyers. If you want to be a lawyer you have to put in the effort. I know full time actors who aren't ever going to win an Oscar but guess what they're doing what they love and not quietly dying a little everyday at a job which they hate.
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Fiona’s Answer

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It really depends what you want to do. I actually did speech and drama for 11 years (from primary school into university) as an extra curricular activity, and although i loved acting i always knew i would pursue law. As such, acting and theatre has remained a hobby only. The two are vastly different careers. I can't say about acting but law certainly requires much commitment and is very tough (studying, then work becomes even tougher). Perhaps it would help to talk to people in each of these careers and do some internships?
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Hanleigh’s Answer

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Hi Katie! I understand that it can be difficult to decide what career path to choose. Ultimately, I think it is important to pursue your passion. The last thing you would want to do is pursue a career and become unhappy. You would either be stuck in a career that you dislike, or you would have to change your career. Alongside that, I think it is important to try different things. You may have to create your own career that combines both of your interests in law and dance/acting. You also want to do your research and reach out to professionals in each of the feels because you may realize that you like one career more than the other based on work environment or day-to-day tasks. Remember that you can do anything that you devote your time and efforts to. Every great actress/dancer had to put in a lot of hard work to get to the level of success that they have attained. Nothing happens overnight. Stay focused and motivated! Good luck!
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Daniel P.’s Answer

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Hi Katie, you actually probably should plan to do both. I work in a highly technical field (similar to law) and have a colleague that does what we do and also does ballet. The thing is the arts are awesome and something that obviously should be in everyone's life, however unless one is super talented and gifted probably not going to be lucrative enough to fund a comfortable lifestyle. I'd shoot for doing both.

Also, there is a field of study in the law here in the States (I'm sure something similar exists in the UK) that deals with arbitration (a step below going to court for a lawsuit) which might be a nice step toward the law, and give you great experience and pays very well. Also requires lots of creativity. Then you can carve out time for dance or acting and have a nice apartment and money to go out. :0)

Best of luck!
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