I’m a freshman in high school right now and I’ve never really known what to do with my life. I’ve switched “What I want to be when I grow up” hundreds of times and my parents are always getting on me for never having any idea what I want to do.
I realized, after working on a play last year at my local middle school, that I have always been in love with theater, movies and the entertainment industry. Suddenly, everything clicked.
I didn’t mention this to my parents. For some reason my dad printed off this sheet with a massive list of jobs on it and told me to circle what I was interested in. There weren’t many options for entertainment, so I just circled Movie Director and Author and put a question mark by Lawyer because I felt like I needed to mark something else. My parents were so happy about Lawyer that they completely ignored the other two. I gently reminded them and they shrugged it off.
It was shot down pretty fast.
I live in small-town Indiana. No opportunities for entertainment. I mentioned to my parents in a car ride that I definitely wanted to go out-of-state for college and they refused to talk to me for an hour and a half because I was “being rude and disrespecting our state.” I said it very politely, I promise, and it definitely didn’t warrant that kind of reaction. Both of my parents went to in-state colleges and have never lived anywhere but Indiana. While living here I’ve seen so many people get stuck in ruts and never get out of the state. I’m genuinely terrified that it will happen to me.
A few months ago, I hears about this girl from my school that ended up going to NYU for college. A few weeks ago, I researched it and fell in love with the Tisch School of the Arts TV and Film program in NYU.It’s everything I want in a college and I’ve always had a fascination with NYC, even though I’ve never been.
Tisch is my dream school. I have good grades (4.05 GPA) and do a lot of extracurriculars.
I just need to tell my parents without a fight
Thanks for the replies!
I would like to add one detail:
In Computer Apps, we were researching future careers and my teacher said that I need to get out if I want ANY job opportunities. There are zero to no opportunities for big entertainment work in a town of about 16,000 people in rural Indiana.
Thank you, to the person who left the huge comment. I need someone to speak to me rationally, and without bias.