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Can i pursue two careers?

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All of my life i have been extremely passionate about movies. Ever since i was little i would always talk about them. Usually little kids would talk about sports or little kid stuff, i would always talk about stanley Kubrick, or Spielberg. I have always been very mature for my age. My dream every since i was little i wanted to direct and write movies. But again ever since i was little i wanted to also be a forensic pathologist/coroner. I always watch tv shows like Bones, and Rizzoli and isles. I would be my dream to be a forensic pathologist. I buy anatomy books and study all things forensics and it slowly but surely fell in love with it. But i cant choose between directing movies and becoming a forensic pathologist. I know somebody will say choose one and be happy. But i feel like if i chose one of those careers I will be depressed about the other. I would feel like i wouldnt succeed in life. Can i have two careers? #doctor #film #forensic #director #anatomy #screenplay

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Scott David’s Answer

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The first rule in writing is "write what you know." Follow your interest in science and it may inform your writing. Micheal Crichton was a physician before he wrote Jurassic Park. There are no limits if you are willing to do the work.

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Alice’s Answer

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Yes and no. There are a few practical things to consider, including what you're good at, what makes money, what the professional qualifications are, and how many hours you have in a day. Here are some options I've seen:


1) Have a career, and a hobby that you're passionate about.

2) Have a job in one field, which makes you money, while building a career in another field, possibly switching after the second one starts to take off.

3) Find a way to blend the two into one career. (Learning about pathology and how to write crime procedurals is definitely a possibility.)


The important thing to consider is that some jobs/careers require a lot more training than others, and a lot more concrete commitment. Becoming a pathologist means going to college, medical school, and probably a residency. Forensic anthropology, as shown in Bones, means college, and a PhD. This is not something that you can do on weekends, and neither is film, if your path means going to Hollywood and learning how to film/write there.


It's not out of the question for you to be a pathologist by day, and a filmmaker by night, but I think what you might want to do is see the reality of what people really do in these jobs; TV is really bad at showing you the boring bits of a job. :D See if you can find a doctor, and ask if they know a pathologist you can talk to. E-mail a nearby college's film department, and see if they have anyone who can talk to you about what it takes.


And good luck! It's a great thing to be passionate about stuff. Even if it makes your decisions more difficult, at least you'll always be interesting to talk with. :)

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