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can I still be a pediatrician and actress or I have to give up on one? #pediatrician #actress

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Dr. James’s Answer

There are several actors, whom I can think of on top of my head, who also have a career outside of acting. One of them is a medial doctor!
- Ken Jeong from the movie The Hangover and other movies and tv shows: https://www.biography.com/actor/ken-jeong
- Mayim Bialik From various TV shows such as The Big Bang Theory: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayim_Bialik
- Dolph Lundgren from movies such as Rocky: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolph_Lundgren

Never give up on your dreams.
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Gloria’s Answer

Hi Delice,

When I saw this question, I immediately thought of Dr. Sanjay Gupta, who is a medical correspondent with CNN and also a neurosurgeon. In this case, his being a doctor informs the other thing. And yet they have to be very different in fundamental ways that take flexibility and creativity to balance to maintain. I would actually start with something a little more basic - how do you see the two of them working together in your life? I am an Instructional Designer who is also a Flamenco dancer. The former allows me to do that latter. I am not talented enough to make money from dancing, but it is still in my life. And it is the very creativity of dancing that helps fuel my creative job. Would that be enough for you - potentially having Acting as a craft you are working on nights and weekends around the day or is it more serious than that? Would you get more joy performing for kids or taking care of them? That is for you to answer. Two jobs with very distinct and broad differences can coexist. It depends on what you want. A medical diploma takes a lot longer to get than an acting degree. A medical diploma may get you a job faster than an acting degree. It all depends on how you see the story of your life playing out. There are no wrong answers.

Gloria
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Kim’s Answer

I love the idea of doing both, but, would recommend you suspend your acting activities while in medical school!
And, I think your acting talents will make you a hit with the kids!
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Melodi’s Answer

I've seen folks with have day jobs who, in their spare time, do extra-curricular activities such as acting at the local theatre. I think juggling both are possible!
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Justin’s Answer

I believe that you can do whatever you put your heart into. The educational path to become a pediatrician may take a lot of time and energy, so that is something to consider if you are going to be actively pursuing acting roles.

Justin recommends the following next steps:

Follow your heart.
Never give up on your dreams.
Continue to research and network.
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Atul’s Answer

If you want to become pediatrician, have you taken or prepared for the MCAT exams? Do you have a respectable score to get admission?
To become a doctor, if you do not have financial resources, you are looking at $300,000 worth student loan. Know these facts now before you jump in.
You can make it up in 10 years once you start practicing.
FYI to prepare for MCAT It is not easy and requires lot of practice/work to take mock test.
My suggestion is that identify prioritize one profession and follow one before another.
Once you become pediatrician (you do not get to decide, it is up to AMA and hospital based on interview and score) and still want to do acting, you can do it part time and join the guild to let yourself known.
Keep your passion but focus on putting food on the table first and know which profession will do that. You know the answer to this question.
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Brittany’s Answer

Absolutely you can! It might be a little difficult to make a full time career out of both at the same time, but you can for sure pursue both of your passions! There are plenty of community theater companies you can get involved in and meet people through while you build your career in medicine. There are so many things to get involved in beyond your day-to-day job if you keep your eyes open :)
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Yasemin’s Answer

Hi Delice! I think that having different passions is great, it doesn't always have to be one or the other. I actually read about a medical student who was an actress before, and this was definitely an interest for the individual interviewing her, and they mostly discussed this during her interview. It may be difficult in medical school and as a physician with sparing time to act, but I think you can still hang onto this passion. Yes at times it may be difficult to act as well as being a physician but there are physicians with many interests; some are teachers or musicians, and they still carry out their passions as well. I wouldn't give up on either, and try to find ways to balance yourself with those long hours of studying and commitment to medicine and acting may be just the thing!

I hope this helps!
Best of luck!
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Bri’s Answer

Yes! Yes you can do both. While you’re in medical school you can do commercials, ads, or be an extra in movies. Anything is possible, just have to find the balance.
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