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December 15, 2011 8:13 AM Subscribe
[College/Career Filter] How do I guide my HS daughter in her ambitions towards Theater production?
posted by jamesalbert to education (14 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Hi all, after a few years of school plays working primarily behind the scenes, my daughter is leaning heavily towards pursuing a career in theater production. Listening to her talk about it, you can tell she’s really jazzed about the madness and mayhem of live production. She doesn't necessarily want to be on the stage or in front of the camera. It’s managing/coordinating the behind-the-scenes stuff that really gets her going.
I imagine career-wise this would also be in the same neighborhood as TV, radio, movie, documentary production which is also of great interest. Her second love is photography which also could benefit her ambitions.
The thing is, I have no clue what direction to guide her in. I'm in manufacturing/engineering, mom's a nurse. Her guidance counselor is also of limited use. She just turned 17 and is a HS Junior, so time’s a’ticking.
So the question is this: What would you call this kind of career path? What kind of a college education are we looking at here? What colleges are know for this type of career? What kind of education do the people that work in this field generally have? (daddy question: Is there any money in this?)
We are near NYC and routinely make trips there since the kids were babies (hence her interests in the arts - woohoo!). She is very comfortable with Manhattan.
Any guidance and/or thoughts would be greatly appreciated.