Should I give up on my dream?


Joined because I would like advice. I’m wondering if I should give up on my dream. I apologize in advance for not having a quick yes-or-no question.

I’ve wanted to be an actress since at least second grade. I actively tried to pursue it in middle school, but as much as my mom was okay with my dream, she never followed through with taking my to auditions/agencies/open casting calls. In high school, I resigned to the fact that I’d have to wait until I moved out.

I wasn’t able to move out right away and I wasn’t happy enough with my appearance to pursue acting again. A month after graduating, I had to look for a job or find another place to live. I found a dead-end job that I thought I wouldn’t work at very long. It’s been almost two years now.

I’ve been thinking I either need to /actually/ lose weight so I can act in a few months or I need to pursue another career. I like the idea of working in an office, but that has a lot to do with media (Skins Fire, Suits…) and I’m not sure if I would actually like it. It would, however, make me feel more efficient.

All of the office jobs I’m interested in require a Bachelor’s degree. Anyway, I was wondering if I should go to college after all before it’s too late. The same thing could apply to acting, seeing as it’s a lot harder to find steady work as an actor if you don’t start young. It’s already going to be hard since I didn’t work as a kid, but I’m afraid if I decide I still want to act after I get my degree and find a job, it will be far too late as that will be at least four years later. I don’t know how well I could juggle online schooling and acting and I’m not sure that I want to. I feel like it has to be one or the other. Acting occasionally/on the side would be hard to do as it’d make it harder to find work.

Category: Tags: asked February 23, 2015

3 Answers

I think you should follow your dream! School can usually wait (my mom just got new degree and she is over 40). You should do things that make you happy!
Not following your dreams would be a huge mistake. Sure, things might not work out, but to live your life without even giving your dream a chance would be a modern day tragedy. It's easy to go back to school whenever you want, but if you feel this dream of yours is slipping away and has a time limit, which it very well may, then latch onto it with an Iron grip and squeeze every drop of juice out of the fruit of opportunity that you can. Even if it doesn't work out, at least you tried, and you can live the rest of your life content, knowing that you didn't just give up. You miss 100% of the shots you don't take anyway, so there's nothing to lose by actually taking that shot. I wish you the best of luck!
Do what you want, nothing can take away your dream. Remember happiness is a choice. Be positive :)