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    SO basically I want to become an actress. Pretty farfetched I know but I really want to be one. I love acting and it's always been a a passion of mine and I think I am good enough. BUT it's like the most unrealistic goal ever. All my A Level subjects are based on a career in medicine, but in the back of my mind I can't help but think what if I actually TRIED to actually achieve my DREAM.
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    Lisa Kudrow from Friends was doing a degree in like brain science or w.e then she did comedy nights and became an actress. You could be the new Lisa Kudrow.
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    Concentrate on acting if i were you
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    (Original post by Aarroonnn)
    Lisa Kudrow from Friends was doing a degree in like brain science or w.e then she did comedy nights and became an actress. You could be the new Lisa Kudrow.
    It was to do with headaches or something, carrying on her father's research
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    (Original post by Sani-Insanity)
    SO basically I want to become an actress. Pretty farfetched I know but I really want to be one. I love acting and it's always been a a passion of mine and I think I am good enough. BUT it's like the most unrealistic goal ever. All my A Level subjects are based on a career in medicine, but in the back of my mind I can't help but think what if I actually TRIED to actually achieve my DREAM.
    There's alot that can be done to achieve your dream. LOADS of musicians, actors, athletes etc.. have gone to university yet haven't followed up with their degree as a career. For instance, go to uni, join acting societies, meet people who may have contacts and possibly join an acting school on the side. Just because you do a degree doesn't mean your career is set in stone. And this would be a great way to go about it, as you'd have your degree plus - so something to fall back on, plus you'd give acting a go! The only thing is, if you're doing Medicine at uni, it may be difficult to juggle the two as it's obviously a very demanding degree.
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    What if I try and fail miserably.
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    sell all your medical books, spend your time studying drama and watching old movies and apply to an acting college in london.
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    I don't see any reason why you couldn't apply to drama school. I'm no expert on the acting industry, but it's extremely tough and a lot of actors are unemployed a lot of the time and having work in bars to try and make ends meet. You also have to have a very thick skin as you will be rejected by casting directors a lot. If you're prepared for all of that, then I say go for it.

    What made you choose science and maths A Levels?
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    (Original post by *Ivy*)
    I don't see any reason why you couldn't apply to drama school. I'm no expert on the acting industry, but it's extremely tough and a lot of actors are unemployed a lot of the time and having work in bars to try and make ends meet. You also have to have a very thick skin as you will be rejected by casting directors a lot. If you're prepared for all of that, then I say go for it.

    What made you choose science and maths A Levels?
    Medicine has always been my second choice. I think that it's a more realistic dream to have than acting.
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    Can you not keep studying at the moment, and maybe do some acting on the side/ later on when you know you're sure about what you want to do?

    At least do your A levels, then you have something to fall back on in case it doesn't work out - acting is a very hard and very cruel business to break into.
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    I'm not dumb enough to drop out of school. I agree that I should have something stable to fall back on.
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    I don't see why you cannot do a medicine degree and then do something outside of your degree/study like stand up comedy (courses cost like £200 where you'll get the opportunity to perform live at the end).

    Another example is coldplay went to UCL and gigged at ULU while they were students. You can still get an education and follow your dreams one is not mutually exclusive from the other. Nor is one dependent on the other.
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    (Original post by Sani-Insanity)
    What if I try and fail miserably.
    Then if you do it right you'll still have the degree you need to go forward in medicine?

    I agree on HumanNature1992 on this - study Medicine at a university* with a very good student drama scene and get involved in it as much as you can. This will give you ample opportunity to get experience of theatre and decide whether you really want to do it, whilst also working on your Medicine course. In your third year you're basically going to have to decide between the two though, as that will be time to apply for drama school and the next stage of the medical course.

    * I'd recommend Cambridge as being fantastic for this - but with the amount of time it's possible to spend doing shows there, and the ridiculous workload that medics face, you'll struggle to fit it all in! (Having said that, I know people who, with extremely tight time management, have managed this.)
 
 
 
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