What is a specific major for acting, directing, and writing for theater & television
I want to major in all of the things above when I go to college:
... it's called "school of hard- knocks" . I would strongly suggest- get a trait; have a back-up -plan in the case that it doesn't work out for you in the Entertainment business- have an alternate major in college either than Film & TV. If you are not in LA- get your butt down here and start to network using Craigslist (under film/tv projects) or Backstage West; get involved in theater; get yourself in a good commercial/acting workshop for beginners; get your hands dirty as possible in the industry and NETWORK, NETWORK,NETWORK!!!
Need advice, read Georgie's blog, good advice for free. Just a little humor before the storm of experiences, which I have to give you on the subjects of a combined Theater & Television double major, if that's the drift I catch from a question posed by Jaslene S., an ambitious young student, whom, I assume, is about to graduate from high school, more or less, give or take a year or so. Probably, not a bad guess, if I read her intense spirit toward achieving success in the entertainment industry.
To lay the foundation for this short talk, Jaslene wants to become an actress, who directs and writes, either or both, plays and/or films and videos, maybe other things too, for the world is rapidly changing and so is the entertainment we watch and listen to. Well, I can help her for I'm a writer, producer, and director in the film business, having earned two degrees from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema in Montreal, Canada. Presently, I'm in LA where I'm noticing that there are a whole bunch of folks bucking for a place in this difficult industry.
What I'm hinting at here is that you need to want to pay a heavy price, say 10-15 years, of waiting for that big break; truly, I know for my roommate is a professional actor and he has been in LA for the last five years, having performed in a few movies, and only insignificant small roles to boot. In fact, just last night, Johnny and I were talking about who gets in and those who don't. The bottom line is that you got to bring something fresh and new, into the mix of that crazy world of Broadway and/or Hollywood (excuse my American favor for our own industries).
Anyhow, you got to start in college and/or the university, so you can get academically certified with the proper credentials, which you'll need to show tenacity of will and the overwhelming drive to succeed. There are many ways to get there, Jaslene, and in separate vehicles too, and you don't have to major in everyone of these fabulous aforementioned disciplines.
In fact, if you can produce a well made audio-visual piece of performance art, film or video, say, and better still, act in it, or maybe, even write a good play from your own personal experience, then you have a good chance of getting into one of the major film academies or dramatic art schools, not only here in America, but also elsewhere around the globe, like the London School for the Dramatic Arts.
In any event, you can major in media, communication, performance art, film and video, all of which can be paths to that mountain top; and with that said, may I wish you the best of luck, and encourage you to become all you can be in this incredible world we live in. Adios, Jaslene.
I know that some universities offer a Theater and Production major/degree. You might also want to look at the Television and Communications department of the university you'd like to attend to see if they can help you.