How do you know if you're studying the right major?
I have some days where I'm not sure if I'm doing what I want to do for the rest of my life. I'm currently a film/tv major and it scares me sometimes when I think about other career paths that would be more profitable. film college-major doubts
Hello Jennifer K in Florida.
I think people can make a living at any career they're passionate about and also willing to work very hard. For Filmmakers we're talking very very very hard, like M.D. hard in a quite different way. Film requires a pretty diverse skill and personal quality set. Someone has to be a keen observer of people and what some call "the human condition"; they have to gravitate to storytelling, and in general they love films like crazy. They also have to be willing to work really hard and hustle, particularly when they're starting out, but that requirement never really goes away. It's a lifestyle born of love and passion and no one would call it a practical career choice. I can't begin to judge whether you're suited or not. Certainly the doubting isn't a sign of it not being a fit; instead it's a sign of common sense. I never wanted to be a banker, lawyer, cop, businessman (fill in any number of blanks.....) It's a bit of a disease, but a great way to really study the human condition and various other phenomena and try to make something truly magical. I was a bit of a phenom coming out of film school, won some awards, had an agent and a manager, and thought it would be easy from there on. It wasn't. I ended up (accidentally) teaching filmmaking for 17 years and that was great, and recently went back to making my own stuff. Everything we do takes belief, patience, and hard work.
Steven recommends the following next steps:
Discovering your passion is a life long journey. If being passionate about your work is important to you, then always follow it. Sometimes our journey will take multiple twists and turns. We may feel lost along the way. However, if you stay true to your passions/values, you will live a rewarding life. Good luck to you!
Life is not always about profitability - no doubt it is a major part, but not your entire life.
You should focus on what interests you because as long as you love what your are doing, you will never get bored and / or tired of it.
On the other hand, there always is going to be something which you will always feel is better but you must have always have a reality check of the feasibility of such options.
Always ask the following questions when in doubt -
1) Do you really need this switch?
2) Is it feasible to your current situation?
3) Will you be able to cope with the people who already have made their careers in that field?
4) Will you be happier doing that as compared to your current state?
Hope this helps :)
Don't get caught up in the 'profitability' of your career. The most important aspect of your career should be your passion for what you do. Have you ever heard of the saying that goes, "If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life."? Take that to heart!