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    I am sorry to say but this post is going to be a 'call for help' or a message for advice for myself. I have been unclear on my future prospects and now I find myself driving down the wrong road in which it does not appeal to me.

    Firstly, it all starts in primary school when bullying made a victim of me, and so my confidence developed into fear of judgement and hassle. Before the major bullying ensued, I was confidence and was quite clear on being a 'movie star' or so I put it then. In high school and due to unfortunate bullying, plays were of no interest and so when choosing GCSEs, drama was not one of them as I was scared of being judged and ridiculed. I got decent GCSE results, 3As 5Bs 2Cs and due to the AB in double science I chose to go down a scientific route in A levels. Only now am I realising that science is not the route that I ever wanted to go down. Reverting to my 7 year old self, being an actor, whether it is in the local theatre or on the big screen, it is what I really aspire to do and I feel as if I have let myself down.

    There are no acting classes, schools, teachers or courses in my area that I could travel to, and if there is it is for children at the age of 10 looking for a boost in social skills. Even if there was, I would have no experience in the field at all (well, I did play Joseph in a church play once, definitely an upgrade from the usual Shepard or worse, sheep).

    If I eventually did what I wanted, I would like someone to join me on the expedition in acting, but currently I do not have anyone who legitimately cares for what I do. None of my family do and my friends are a problem due to their family and personal issues.

    If anyone out there can please help me or give advice for my future, I would be so grateful for your contribution.

    (I know some of you will say acting is NOT a career, it's hopeless, it's useless, you'll work as waiter and if I do end up as a waiter, I will be happy to know that I have tried to work to achieve my ambition).

    Join local amateur dramatic groups/societies and build up your experience from there. Also look for extra work - not exactly highly paid (if it is at all) but will help build up your networks and experience.

    Pursuing a career like this is usually a long slog and requires a lot of self-drive. Some people get lucky, but the vast majority of actors slog it out doing rubbish jobs that don't pay very well and are boring on the route to any level of success.

    Lots of people choose to enter the career later on in life though. It's clearly possible for you to do the same but it's going to be driven by you and only you - you can't rely on someone to join you on your journey. Keep looking for opportunities (they are out there, i just suspect you aren't looking hard enough), keep and open mind, and pursue any opportunity presented to you. With time and perseverance, you might get where you want to go.

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