You’ve been acting since middle school. You’ve done every show possible at your high school, you’ve participated in community theater, you’ve even been the star of a few short films produced by friends and local filmmakers. With the courses you’ve taken, the books you’ve read, and the experience you’ve gained, you feel pretty prepared for a career in acting. So lately you’ve been wondering: “Just why should I go to college for acting?”
It is a fair question. In fact, you might even ask the broader question: why should I go to college for anything? You have access to pretty much any knowledge you could ever want via the internet, and there are too many YouTube tutorials out there to count. Even if there weren’t, acting is something you learn by doing, right? Why do you need to go to school?
Gain industry connections
All in all, the connections you make in college can’t be beat. Sure, you can network on your own, and you’ll make connections with every new job you get, but college makes it easy. You are put in front of all the right people; you just have to show them what you can do.
Get hands-on training from experienced professionals
Be a part of a disciplined training program
When you a go to college for acting, you still need to be determined and self-disciplined, but you will be a part of a program that is constantly pushing you forward. Your teachers will be instructing you on what to learn or practice next. You will be given homework assignments, projects, and opportunities to perform. If you decide that college isn’t for you, these are all things you will have to do on your own.
Earn your degree
Need a few more reasons?
College can help you in more ways than just the four listed above. If you are weighing your options, consider downloading our guide, Acting: From College to Career. It will fill you in on all of the things a great college acting program can do for you and provide you with insights into the acting profession. Just click below to get started.