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Do you have any regrets as far as picking the wrong type of performing arts?

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Michelle’s Answer

Hello, Daquise -
What a fascinating question you have asked.

I personally did not pick the type of performing art I went into, rather, I was drawn to it. As a performing artist, you self-evaluate and that is what guides you to your work and a career.

I spent 12 years in the entertainment industry as an actor who could sing as well as in public relations work in theatre. You never know where your career will go, but you must live in either Los Angeles or New York city if you want work opportunities in this field. Following the career in the performing arts, I spent 27 years doing direct services as a case manager in the social services filed and now I am back into acting for two years.

I believe that no one "picks" a wrong type. Performing work requires auditioning and sometimes they like you and sometimes you're not the image they had in mind, so you don't get the job. The wrong type of work for me would have been as a dancer because I am not a dancer. I knew I could act and sing, so that is what I used to audition for. Right now I try out for commercials, bit parts and extra work , voice overs and never would consider auditioning for a musical which required a lot of dancing.

It's a matter of being self-aware, knowing what you are good at, knowing how to sell yourself and enjoying the unique experience it is. I am currently a working actor involved in portraying patients for medical students during their exams. These scenarios are scripted and I never expected to be involved in such satisfying work as an actor when attempting to re-enter the field. I even got a commercial in October.

In the arts, one never knows what is behind that door of opportunity. Just become aware of what you're skill level is in all aspects of the business and shoot for the stars !

Best wishes to you in a fabulous career going forward !
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Alyssa’s Answer

Hey, Daquise !

This is a very interesting question for sure. I am pushing for my career as a singer/ songwriter/ musician, but of course, as an artist, I'm very interested in other careers related to performance arts. I was always primarily drawn to commercial music (pop, rock, singer/ songwriter, etc), but going in to college (and throughout college), I could never help but be very drawn to the musical theatre aspect as well.

I go to Belmont University School of Music, which has great programs for music, commercial music, music business, musical theatre, etc. If I've learned anything, it's that you don't need to feel restricted to one at all. Musical theatre students do pop music things too. Music business students write songs. The arts are vast, and there's no right or wrong way to go about pursuing a career in this field. Take Lady Gaga for example. She was originally an actress in her teen years, and went to NYU to study musical theatre. Eventually, she dropped out, and as I'm sure you know, became one of the biggest popstars in the world. Now, she's movie star too. Everybody ends up where they are supposed to be. Your main concern is simply to channel your passion, and CREATE!

You will find your place! I wish you the absolute best of luck!