People have many judgements on Drama students and also many conceptions. The amount of times I’ve been asked…
1. Are you doing this to be famous?
2. You’ll probably end up being a Z List Presenter
3. Why don’t you take something a bit more….academic?
4. Do you just act like a tree all day and dance around?
5. You must be so dramatic!
6. I bet musicals speak to you on an emotional level
So I’m here to lay everything on the table and answer all of these frequently asked questions.
Are you doing this to be famous?
No, I’m not taking Drama to become famous. Anyone who does won’t enjoy the course, these days you can become famous by the click of a button or a video. Of course, most of us want to be rich and famous, who doesn’t! Even people who take physics have sung in their rooms with a hairbrush! I took drama in order to get a career in the job field I’m passionate about just like anyone else. Be that in the background working in the offices or on stage performing to thousands. It’s apart of the job. So, no I’m not doing this to become famous. I’m doing this because I’m passionate. _________________________________________________________________
You’ll probably end up being a Z List Presenter
Referring back to the previous question. This job field has many aspects. If you think of the amount of people in the world who are doing a Drama degree, even in the UK alone along with Drama schools, that’s a lot. Not all of them are going to make it to the silver screens, some might take presenting, some might become technicians, some might become stage managers, writer, directors, producers, arts administrator. You can’t paint everyone with the same brush. _________________________________________________________________
Why don’t you take something a bit more….academic?
This is the question that angers me the most. We don’t walk into the room and start reciting Shakespeare. In our course we must look at politics, history, our social culture, modern affairs and much more. Why? Because the more we understand the world around us, the better quality performances we can produce to give out a message. Right now I am learning about Renaissance England, I’m looking at the artwork, the way of life. I’m studying popular culture by looking at our current modern affairs and turning it into a powerful message. It’s more than walking onto a stage and saying some lines. I’ve learned more about history, politics, society, and the meaning in culture in the last two years than I ever did in five years of school. _________________________________________________________________
Do you just act like a tree all day and dance around?
This is more of a stereotype. Thankfully, I don’t stand around pretending to be a tree. I’m grateful I get to explore characters that were created by the world best writers. You also get to develop a greater understand of human emotions and characteristics when it come to trying to act a character. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
You must be so dramatic!
Not everyone who takes a drama course has great confidence, I remember people taking some of my drama classes just to improve on their confidence. I have been acting since I was 10 years old and I was 18 when I finally came out of my shell. I think there’s only a handful of people in my life who think I’m dramatic, but I find some people who aren’t doing drama dramatic. _________________________________________________________________
I bet musicals speak to you on an emotional level
I love musicals as much as the next person but, Elphaba isn’t really my role model. Yes, I sing musical songs when I’m around my house because I enjoy the music just like some people rap. To be honest, I’ve never been to a musical since I’ve lived here and that’s 2 years!!
Let me know of any stereotypes you all have come across in your life