Here’s the second installment of a series of blog posts from the journal I kept discerning grad school. When I was going through this process, I talked to my trusted friends and consulted a number of blogs of complete strangers just to gather as much information as possible. Are YOU thinking about a MFA in acting? Go to my Connect page and drop me a comment. I would love to talk to you. You can also follow this blog from that page.
Oct. 2, 2013
My friend Joy has been sitting on my shoulder for a year now. After West Side Story one night, she pulled me aside and–completely out of the blue–said, “You need to go get your MFA in acting.” It was a sincere comment, and I took it to heart almost immediately. Aside from being a trusted friend, I respect her and her work immensely. I didn’t take it lightly that she was giving me unsolicited advice and that she was telling me something I had been pondering for a while now. But could I do it?
This sounds a bit melodramatic, but that’s because it’s important to me to weigh my options and seek the opinions of those who I trust. I need as much help as possible to process all of this.
Sometimes it’s hard for me to say what I truly want, but I am realizing that an MFA is what I want. All the work I need to make that happen and the leap of faith that I will need to leave my current life is quite scary.
I am going to pursue this.
I had a great talk with Joy at last night’s Drowsy Chaperone rehearsal. I basically spilled my guts. I told her that I think it’s time, and that all arrows seem to be pointing towards this big life change. She responded: “I can tell!”
Comment from my 2014 self: Even though this was a short journal entry, it held three important ideas. First of all, I actually made a decision and then stated what I wanted. I didn’t know how it was going to happen, but it was worthwhile for me to state that I wanted something in my life to be different. It’s an important step to take if you actually want something in your life to be different. Secondly, I was already using words like “trust” and “faith.” Things have a way of working out for the best. Take heart in that. Lastly, talk to someone. Talk to anyone. Maybe what you want isn’t so earth-shattering. And maybe people are willing to help you achieve it.