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    that is the main question tbh, i have professional acting experience from being in the west end as a child but the a levels i took are completely different to what i would really want to be doing.

    I took further maths, physics, art and classics. My dad thinks a degree or such in Acting would be a waste and I'll end up poor therefore he wants me to do Civil Engineering because he says theres a shortage of female civil engineers and I'll have a higher prospect of having a career.

    The thing is do I really want a career I dont care about and spend my life regretting everything like I do now as I've had so many oppotunities to further my acting career but have either been stopped or turned them down.

    So yeah, your help please
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    Go for it! If you're passionate about it then you should always do what you enjoy. Then if it doesnt go as planned you always have your A-levels to back you up.
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    Could you do a combination degree of Drama and something else?
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    (Original post by h82think)
    Could you do a combination degree of Drama and something else?
    not really because where i really want to go is central or rada and they're specialist theatre schools so only have degrees in acting.

    i would love to be able to go and do a academic degree then go to theatre school but i'm way to poor for that so its really one or the other.
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    I don't think engineers are chosen based on their gender, and if they were it would be discrimination! You have to be good at it, and if you don't enjoy it, you won't be.

    Are you looking at drama schools or doing a degree in Drama? You could maybe do a degree in English or History and then move on to drama school.
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    Do what YOU want to do, seriously.
    If drama/acting is your passion, go for it.
    Whatever you do, or whatever your decision, don't dwell on it.
    It's not a good feeling.. :emo:
    So, go for it!
    Best of luck!
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    (Original post by mariejulian)
    that is the main question tbh, i have professional acting experience from being in the west end as a child but the a levels i took are completely different to what i would really want to be doing.

    I took further maths, physics, art and classics. My dad thinks a degree or such in Acting would be a waste and I'll end up poor therefore he wants me to do Civil Engineering because he says theres a shortage of female civil engineers and I'll have a higher prospect of having a career.

    The thing is do I really want a career I dont care about and spend my life regretting everything like I do now as I've had so many oppotunities to further my acting career but have either been stopped or turned them down.

    So yeah, your help please
    The chances of getting into drama school at the age of 18 are minimal! As someone who knows quite a lot about your exact situation I know most of the schools -unless you are brilliant- will tell you to go away and come back when you're 21 and have some real life experience! My advice: make a bargain with your parents. You go to uni and study engineering and once you graduate they have to pay for Drama School! Make sure you secretly apply to a uni with a really strong drama society so you have plenty of experience to put on your Drama School app. That way if acting doesn't work out then you have a degree and career prospects and if in a couple of years you decide you no longer want to act (trust me I know people who have been acting since they were 6, are extremely talented, came to uni, met with some agents and realised it wasn't for them - it's a tough world and career) then you won't regret not doing a degree for the rest of your life ! Good luck x
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    (Original post by QBC123)
    The chances of getting into drama school at the age of 18 are minimal! As someone who knows quite a lot about your exact situation I know most of the schools -unless you are brilliant- will tell you to go away and come back when you're 21 and have some real life experience! My advice: make a bargain with your parents. You go to uni and study engineering and once you graduate they have to pay for Drama School! Make sure you secretly apply to a uni with a really strong drama society so you have plenty of experience to put on your Drama School app. That way if acting doesn't work out then you have a degree and career prospects and if in a couple of years you decide you no longer want to act (trust me I know people who have been acting since they were 6, are extremely talented, came to uni, met with some agents and realised it wasn't for them - it's a tough world and career) then you won't regret not doing a degree for the rest of your life ! Good luck x
    thanks for the advice but they wont pay for drama school, we have little funds as it is plus i have two younger sisters who will also be pushed into university. the government dont fund second degrees do they? ha i wish. my parents dont even agree with gap years, i got offered a modelling and acting contract in hong kong after i finish sixth form where i could live with my aunt who is the one who offered me it (i'm half chinese so hongkong isnt completely random lol) and they said no, like it makes a difference, i'll have to pay higher tuition fees anyway.
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    If you think so then yeah. I go to a performing arts school and more than half the people there are all applying to drama schools like central, Rada, Guildhall, Mountview all that jazz. But I personally wouldn't go to drama school because Ive lost all interest. But it is up to you at the end of the day
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    (Original post by Benammieh)
    If you think so then yeah. I go to a performing arts school and more than half the people there are all applying to drama schools like central, Rada, Guildhall, Mountview all that jazz. But I personally wouldn't go to drama school because Ive lost all interest. But it is up to you at the end of the day
    thats kind of one of the reasons i didnt take drama at school, i know how much school can suck the passion for something out of you haha
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    (Original post by mariejulian)
    thats kind of one of the reasons i didnt take drama at school, i know how much school can suck the passion for something out of you haha
    The good thing about Drama is that it doesn't get repetitive you will always learn something new that's what I like, I just despise acting and even though i get high grades for it I prefer writing and stuff.
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    Maybe talk to francescarella.
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    (Original post by mariejulian)
    that is the main question tbh, i have professional acting experience from being in the west end as a child but the a levels i took are completely different to what i would really want to be doing.

    I took further maths, physics, art and classics. My dad thinks a degree or such in Acting would be a waste and I'll end up poor therefore he wants me to do Civil Engineering because he says theres a shortage of female civil engineers and I'll have a higher prospect of having a career.

    The thing is do I really want a career I dont care about and spend my life regretting everything like I do now as I've had so many oppotunities to further my acting career but have either been stopped or turned them down.

    So yeah, your help please
    If you are actually good enough to get into somewhere like Central, RADA etc then it should prove to your parents that you at least have the potential for a successful acting career (which I take it is the issue) Many of the decent drama schools aren't on UCAS, you apply directly - rada, lamda, bristol old vic, guildhall, oxford school of drama etc, so to placate your parents you could apply for those as well as something else on UCAS and if you get a place then you have proved acting is what you should be doing. (Having said this many people have to apply for several years to get a place but you could always 'take a gap year' -giving yourself 2 years to get a place)

    On a personal level, do not let yourself be pushed into something you don't want to do- it sounds like you know that you would regret this. If you won't be happy doing anything else then there is your answer!
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    You could go to Cambridge, get into acting via the Footlights
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    (Original post by Planar)
    You could go to Cambridge, get into acting via the Footlights
    whats footlights? and ha cambridge is a tough call.
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    If you'd be miserable otherwise, why not try a foundation course? I'm doing one atm & I love it
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    (Original post by mariejulian)
    whats footlights? and ha cambridge is a tough call.
    "Let me google that for you..."
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    U need a backup profession/job so that when ur acting career declines (let's hope it won't happen or at least not within a short period of time) u can advance with something else and still make money.
 
 
 
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