A letter writer is trying to choose between medicine and acting.

It’s a win-win, says our elder.

Dear EWC

Hello everyone! Currently I am seventeen years old (I will be eighteen next month) and I have always wanted to become an actress. I love performing, filming, memorizing lines etc., and to become an actress has been my dream since I was eight. As of right now, I am enrolled in school full time and I have the plans to go to medical and become a doctor. However, acting has always been my real dream and it’s what I’m passionate about. Recently I have been thinking about auditioning in South Korea to act and if I pass the auditions I will have to become a trainee, which can last for two or more years. I know I could be risking a lot doing this but want to at least try to achieve my dreams. I don’t want to live the rest of my life wondering “what if.” My family knows about my love for acting and how serious I am about it. What should I do?? Thanks in advance 🙂

Peace-of-mind replies

Wow—two really different career options for you. That is exciting! In my mind, if you have the financial means to go to South Korea, go for it. Med school will always be there and as you get older you might find yourself wanting to pursue that after all. Current research says that in today’s world, people have as many as five careers throughout their lifetime. Very different from years ago when we decided what we wanted to be when we grew up and then stayed with it until we retired or died. So for you, there really is no reason not to try the acting career. You don’t ever want to have a case of the “what if’s,” if you can help it!
Good luck! I’ll watch for you on screen one day! 🙂

Letter #: 406810
Category: Career

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