by Matt Woolner
Question by Harlow: Is this is a good career plan? I really appreciate your advice.?
Lately I’ve been feeling very confused and overwhelmed with my future plans. I am Canadian and am currently in my third year of Drama & Communication Studies ( studying acting & film production) and was planning on doing a three year generals degree than moving out to Toronto for work. I’ve been thinking & thinking and am now considering doing the four year honours program. I will write out my plan, please give me your feedback. I don’t really have anyone to share this with & feel the need to blurt out my life plans, lol.
– Finish my four-year honours program, but live in Toronto during one whole semeter while taking online courses. (I want to live in Toronto that one semester to gain industry related experience, I am doing a film internship in the summer!)
-Apply for grad. School in California (USC, UCLA…etc) for Film & Television Production M.F.A
-Return back home for my second semester of my last year & graduate with a bachelor’s in Drama & Communication/Media/Film.
– Attend graduate school in the fall in LA
The reason why I want to go to grad school in so cal. is because I want to reside there & obtain a green card. By studying there, I get a work visa for 2 years and 6 months after I graduate. I hope to find a job during that period of time so that I do not have to come back to canada. Also with a master’s teaching is always an option (security). Basically I feel like doing my master’s in cal. is an excuse to be there. While I am there studying it will be easier to find a job. I can also be studying and pursing my career at the same time since I am in california where there are many production/acting opportunities. Mind you that I do not have any expenses at this point in my life. I am not paying for my current ungrad. degree & have a car. I have no debt. I will receive some financial support for my masters as well. I will have to pay for living expenses in Toronto & Cali. By the way, I have a roomate to share rent with in Toronto, so I’,m not so worried about that as I am cali. I have really great marks, and feild related experience. I am driven & passionate, and want this. Originally I wanted to do the three year undergrad because I understand that the entertainment industry is based on networking and talent…not education. By completing the four year program though, I can do a master’s and move to california. Do you think it’s a bad idea to do my master’s? Should I just finish the four year degree & move out to Cali.? I don’t think so because I will not find work there since I am not a legal citizen in the US. It’s hard enough to find film work there even if you are! By studying there, I feel like I’m there for a reason. I can study & look for work, and hopefully stay there. California is where I want to reside either way. I am not interested in Toronto or Vancouver.
Answer by Brenna
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