To be honest, balancing both my modelling career and college is really difficult for me because both of them demand so much of my time and both of them are very important to me. I know some models are just doing school for the sake of it or even drop out to pursue their career and there’s nothing wrong with that but for me there’s not much more enjoyable than being with friends and expanding my knowledge. I take sociology, media studies and English literature and my subject tutors are telling me that I am capable of getting all A’s or higher; however, apparently this vision is waning with every lesson that I miss to do a modelling job.
Although my teachers are supportive I don’t think they fully understand what I’m trying to do with my life and to be honest neither do I. All I do know is that I’ve been handed an opportunity to go forth and travel and make something of myself so I don’t see why I shouldn’t take it.
Since I was young it has been seen as the norm to go through the schooling process, go to university, get a degree and a good job and live happily ever after with other routes of success seen as lucky chances or unobtainable feats. To do something different is portrayed as outlandish or not a feasible way of living despite some of the richest people not having completed education. Funny that isn’t it? In college they’re telling us to complete our UCAS, write our personal statement and select a course which will reflect our future career. There is so much emphasis placed on university being the only option for a successful and fulfilling life that people rush their choice and panic; how many 17/18 year olds really know what they want to do with the rest of their lives?
One of the tutors in the careers department of my college told my friend to reconsider taking a gap year to act because “what were the real chances of him making it as an actor” not knowing that he had already appeared on T.V shows such as The Bill and various theatre productions. She should’ve encouraged him to explore other options instead of condemning his vision as a false reality.
I know that University is perfect for some and the key to a lot of professions rely on having a degree but there’s so many things university can’t teach and experience you just can’t gain from a textbook based environment; sometimes you have to go out and find it yourself. I do plan to go to university at some point in my life but it will always be there. Once you’ve got you’re A-levels who’s to say that University has to be the next move? Its not for me anyway no matter how much I enjoy learning I just don’t want to look back on my life and think “what if?” because I know I’ll regret that feeling for the rest of my life.