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.
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.
A mate from Uni persuaded me to do this last year when he had to do a short radio documentary/interview thing about someone for an assignment. I was in the early stages of the project and agreed to help him out by writing my song for that day in a radio recording studio (I asked the two interviewers to leave while that was happening, obviously. And I was lucky that it was a quick one which took about 45 minutes that day). It was a reasonably excruciating experience, but the guys doing the project were friends and so I was half-guilted and half-willing to help them out (mostly willing), and I had to write my song anyway at some point that day, and it was a good experience to do it in a different setting and to try out writing under a little more pressure than normal.
I just stumbled across it when having a look at his website and I thought I’d listen to it again (because apparently I’m way more narcissistic than I think I am), and it was weird and interesting (to me, anyway) to listen back to the me who was only 52 days into the project. It also seems to have been during the period when I sang in a slightly posher accent than my actual accent, which I still don’t understand and wasn’t consciously aware of. Anyway, it’s here if that was something of interest to you.
I’m going to be in California around the time of VidCon and so I’m thinking I might go. I haven’t bought my ticket yet because I’d like to know I’ve got a room (or at least a chance at finding a room). Sooooo if anyone needs someone to help fill up a room or knows someone who needs someone to help fill up a room, let me know, yeah?
Here is a list of the sort of people I don’t want to share a room with:
- People who mix up saying ‘Hello’ with kicking people in the shins.
- People who communicate solely through megaphones
- The lady with the world record for the longest fingernails