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I came on here yesterday asking for advice (see this thread) and after some serious thought and a long talk with my brother, I've decided (well, 90% sure) to not go to university. My mum is kind of fine with this as I'm 15 and to go now would be a big deal in terms of socialising and stuff.
I said instead that I really want to pursue my acting career, by doing extra work, local plays, posting monologues online - whatever it takes to get my foot in some kind of door. I am really passionate about this and have been from a young age, and I know I want to act for the rest of my life.
My mum is very unhappy about this. She said I have far too many opportunities right now to waste my time with acting, and said that actors very rarely get anywhere and instead just end up in a minimum wage job in a crappy apartment doing acting on the side. I don't think this is fair at all as I'm an excellent actor and I'm such a hard worker (which she knows) so I'm going to be successful...or at least, that's the dream.
But at the same time I can see what she means...am I wasting my time wanting to pursue a career in acting when I could be doing another four A-Levels before I turn 18?
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Maybe do you're A-Levels first? Your choice though.
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you need to believe in yourself. Are you capable of becoming a "Hollywood A-lister"? Or at least a star on British TV? Work on that. If the best you can do is a theatre role or mere voice acting then yeah arm yourself with other qualifications like your mum said
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I just think that life's too short to give up on your dreams. Just do what you love

And if you believe that you'll be successful, then you definitely will be! :yep:
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You have to do what makes you happy. I wouldn't go to uni for the sake of it.

You're only 15. There's nothing to stop you doing some acting and then going to uni later in life if it doesn't go to plan.
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Can you meet your mom halfway by aiming for a performing arts degree specialising in drama? She is trying to look out for you by advising you lay a firm foundation of alternative options should your dreams not work out. She is fulfilling her role as a parent. Ultimately it is up to you, but she is giving you sound advice.
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Maybe do you're A-Levels first? Your choice though.
By June I'll be done with my A-Levels; by the time I get the results I won't even be 16 yet. I could do another two years and get four more A-Levels, but I just feel like it'd be a waste of my time and I'd be doing them for the sake of it.
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Can you meet your mom halfway by aiming for a performing arts degree specialising in drama? She is trying to look out for you by advising you lay a firm foundation of alternative options should your dreams not work out. She is fulfilling her role as a parent. Ultimately it is up to you, but she is giving you sound advice.
See, I know I'm being naïve when I say this, but I don't really want alternative options. I'm not the sort of person to assume that things are going to go wrong as I sort of use it as an excuse to not work as hard. Having said that, I know that she's giving sound advice because it's based on personal experience (she wanted to be a singer; it didn't work out).
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how the hell did you get bumped up 2 years though :O :O :O
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See, I know I'm being naïve when I say this, but I don't really want alternative options. I'm not the sort of person to assume that things are going to go wrong as I sort of use it as an excuse to not work as hard. Having said that, I know that she's giving sound advice because it's based on personal experience (she wanted to be a singer; it didn't work out).
you could use YouTube to your advantage - get together with some people and start some production and start acting and putting up like a series on YouTube or audition for channels that have already started that kinda thing like BlackBoxTV and that could be your 'backup' but it would still be fun and you can still put out and do what you wanna do with no restrictions :3
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how the hell did you get bumped up 2 years though :O :O :O
I was homeschooled by my mum until I was 12, and she didn't really do it in 'year groups'. When I went into mainstream school at 12, assessments told me I was working two years ahead of my age. I think what my mum did was blended most of the years 6, 7 and 8 curriculums together, which was easily achievable at a 1:1 level. So it's more a case of the way I was taught than my academic ability.
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you could use YouTube to your advantage - get together with some people and start some production and start acting and putting up like a series on YouTube or audition for channels that have already started that kinda thing like BlackBoxTV and that could be your 'backup' but it would still be fun and you can still put out and do what you wanna do with no restrictions :3
I was planning on uploading monologues to YT but auditioning for channels isn't something I'd considered - thanks!
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(Original post by redbluedex)
I was homeschooled by my mum until I was 12, and she didn't really do it in 'year groups'. When I went into mainstream school at 12, assessments told me I was working two years ahead of my age. I think what my mum did was blended most of the years 6, 7 and 8 curriculums together, which was easily achievable at a 1:1 level. So it's more a case of the way I was taught than my academic ability.
Ohh right that makes sense... i'm gonna homeschool my kids :O that's awesome though!
Did you get **** for it in mainstream school? Or did you go to a private/grammar school where everyone was super intelligent anyway :^
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I was planning on uploading monologues to YT but auditioning for channels isn't something I'd considered - thanks!
Np i'll subscribe good luck!!!
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My suggestion is to complete your high school education at least. I'm sure you are a talented actor, but aren't there tons of eager talented actors/actresses these days? It takes more than just talent these days, connections is also a big thing, and I feel that having a back-up plan doesn't hurt. My only question is how much experience do you already have? If you're just starting to get your foot in the door, as you say, then please get a high school degree. x
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If you got your A levels next year, there's no need to do another 4.

Also, if you feel like you don't want to go to uni that's great. You can always go to uni later on if you want to or never go. Uni doesn't suit everyone either. No need to rush into going to uni.
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Ohh right that makes sense... i'm gonna homeschool my kids :O that's awesome though!
Did you get **** for it in mainstream school? Or did you go to a private/grammar school where everyone was super intelligent anyway :^
I did get **** for it, yeah. But it worked in my favour - I just studied instead of making friends and at the end of the two years I got better GCSEs than all of them It's fine now, though. I don't get teased any more, but I only have a handful of friends (more like friendly acquaintances tbh).
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My suggestion is to complete your high school education at least. I'm sure you are a talented actor, but aren't there tons of eager talented actors/actresses these days? It takes more than just talent these days, connections is also a big thing, and I feel that having a back-up plan doesn't hurt. My only question is how much experience do you already have? If you're just starting to get your foot in the door, as you say, then please get a high school degree. x
I have great GCSEs and AS Levels; hopefully by this time next year I'll have great full A-Levels too. I'm predicted As and A*s, anyway. I have no plans to drop out this year But I have very little acting experience to date...I did a few things when I was a kid (literally just adverts and extra work) but I had to pretty much abandon it for the last ten years because of starting school.
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I have great GCSEs and AS Levels; hopefully by this time next year I'll have great full A-Levels too. I'm predicted As and A*s, anyway. I have no plans to drop out this year But I have very little acting experience to date...I did a few things when I was a kid (literally just adverts and extra work) but I had to pretty much abandon it for the last ten years because of starting school.
I see. My advice still stands, to complete your high school education It's great that you're predicted to do very well, and it would be nothing but beneficial to have those achievements in your repertoire.
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By June I'll be done with my A-Levels; by the time I get the results I won't even be 16 yet. I could do another two years and get four more A-Levels
Wow. Genius ! I started my A Levels aged 16 and finished them when I was 18.
And of course, credit goes to your mum too. Much effort on her own part, so well done to you both.
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