- Hey, I just met you...
- and this is crazy
- but, some years ago—never mind how long precisely—having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. It is a way I have of driving off the spleen and regulating the circulation. Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off—then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.
- ...so call me Ishmael.
- Fine Arts
- Drama and Theater Arts
- Film, Video, and Photographic Arts
- Commercial Art and Graphic Design
- Philosophy and Religious Studies
- English Literature and Language
- Anthropology and Archeology
- Hospitality Management
- Political Science and Government
OH. Congratufuckilations, Daily Beast. I like your website and all, but did you realize that Yahoo already wrote an article like this one months ago? Now I’m going to focus on your #2 slot, Drama and Theater Arts since I can relate to that one the most.
You said the data was based on something purely statistical, using these potential qualifications: Recent graduate employment, experienced graduate employment, recent graduate earnings, experienced graduate earnings, projected growth in total number of jobs 2010-2020
Now at first, I thought some assumptions had to be made. You’re assuming that all “drama and theater arts” degrees in every university in this country are the same— same career plans, same specifications, same training. Within the theatre realm alone you have stage management, stage technicians, scene designers, lighting designers, sound designers, costume designers, costume technicians, master electricians, arts administration, arts development, performing arts marketing, new media design, directing, children’s directing, choreography, fight choreography, movement instructors, voice technique instructors, acting coaches. I’m only scratching the surface.
Notice I didn’t say “actor”. This isn’t because I hate actors or because I find them less important. I just noticed that you covered them already on our degree’s slide on your article. “Related Occupation: Actor”. Because that is the only damn job you can receive from a theatre degree.
Secondly, I don’t know what you’re trying to accomplish here. I don’t understand why these articles exist. What is your target audience? Because really, what you’re targeting are insecure parents that want to prove to their kids why it’s not okay to follow their dreams.
Let’s talk about how illegitimate money is to arts degree. People are involved in the arts to satisfy a fulfilling emotion that they received since their first experience. Money is used for sustainability of the arts(well, to most anyway). Money is a main concern for us as people. We just want to be able to do what we love doing while being able to survive. If you’re telling someone to not fulfill a state of bliss because they’re isn’t enough monetary value in it…that’s just sad.
Speaking of sadness, aren’t we becoming sadder as a nation? Aren’t national depression rates at an all time high? Could that be a part of people deciding to not follow happiness and follow the lowest unemployment rate instead? Could that be a part of arts and humanities budgets having to be cut drastically each year, so people cannot escape with what we do? Could it be because journalistic resources are telling 17 and 18 year olds what they should or should not study?
Yes. Yes. Also, yes. A nation can’t function solely on people who studied dentistry. I don’t know what they’re trying to prove here. It’s as if they’ve completely embraced the idea that money makes someone happy. I don’t want to be an accountant, if that’s okay with you, thankyouplease.