So I realize that my post last week was a bit long winded, so Imma keep it short and sweet today. We’re still a little bit away from doing actual school work, but we have been in the theatre for a few days cleaning and setting up for the convocation, its a very big deal around here. I’m not saying thats a good thing, it really should be an easy “mike, light, and go,” but these guys always want to make it a bigger deal than it is, and it ends up as quite the hassle.For example I spent an hour today explaining to a guy that I could switch the projector between laptops and you wouldn’t be able to tell because the projector has a shutter button.
Happy hump day, Adair
Anyway here are some fun labels (we think were written by a guy who left the department four years ago) that we found while cleaning our e-shop:
At Rhode Island College, tech majors are required to take a zero-credit “course” on resumes/portfolios *every single semester*. We usually meet twice: once to discuss the process in general and see our professors’ examples, and once at the end of the semester to review our own. SO speaking from about SIX semesters of advice, there are no hard-and-fast rules on resumes. Is it an accurate depiction of you, in the best light possible? Is it easy to understand? Then you’re good.
I still have some high-school experience on my resume, and I’m a senior. If you feel like your resume is too short without it, go ahead and keep it on there. As long as it contains experience relevant to what you want to use your resume to apply for, it can stay. Do you have any professors who are professionals in the business who can look it over for you? That’s probably a good place to start, honestly, provided there is somebody around you trust with that.
FROM ANOTHER STAND POINT:
Here at WMU, it is mostly frowned upon to have high school work on your resume, unless it is really FUCKING AWESOME. It just seems kind of fall-backish, and doesn’t really showcase your work that includes your new (college) education involved. Ya know?
One of my advisors told me that once you graduate from college, the high school credits should be gone! It will look sparse, but it’s going to be because you’re a newbie!
(Yes, I’m totally referencing Matilda!)
So a few nights ago, I sat down and decided to do a job search…just to see what kinds of jobs are available after I graduate. I just started thinking about the whole “growing up” thing: graduating, getting a job, paying back loans. Am I nervous? You bet. I really want to be able to move out of my parent’s house when I graduate and start my life. But, there’s always this little thought in the back of my head that tells me I won’t. Maybe and hopefully this thought will go away when I actually start school next week.
Ideally, I would like to be a Shakespeare educator that also specializes in Immersive theatre (What I wouldn’t give to have own theatre company). I’m still trying to figure out if I want to go the whole way and get a PhD in theatre but that’s another four years of my life in school! I really don’t want to wait that long to start up my life but most colleges will only hire professors with PhDs. Why is this so hard? I guess the whole thing with a career in the theatre is that you have to be persistent and willing to work hard. People give theatre majors a lot of crap but they don’t seem to realize just how hard we really do work to get what we want.
ps I saw an amazing production of King Lear on Saturday and it was brilliant. They incorporated Frank Sinatra songs as apart of his madness. If you’re in Chicago, go see it.
pss I’m leaving in four days. My next blog will be from England!
So we read a Streetcar Named Desire for my English class this week. I’ve never watched or read it (GASP I know that’s bad BUT I HAVE NOW) and as far as the actual reading of it, I really really enjoyed it. It was a lot more emotionally provocative than I expected, for whatever reason. This got me thinking about the general experience of a theatre kid in non-theatre classes, and especially when theatre intersects with that, i.e. assigned plays for English class.
We know that, generally speaking, college is a time to pursue exactly what interests you, and I’m going to assume if you’re reading this blog that interest is theatre. That means taking classes devoted solely to theatre in pursuit of a major or minor in the theatrical area of your choice. However, for most of us undergrads, there is also the dreaded GENERAL EDUCATION curriculum. (And, I suppose, this can also apply to high school students who are already involved in theatre and taking gen ed high school classes during the day.) There’s something I really love about reading plays in general educations classes. That’s because in the past I’ve been one of the only, if not THE only, theatrical person in the room. That means I’ve spent way more time analyzing the frickle frackle out of scripts than everybody else in the room except maybe the professor.
Now, it is a little selfish of me to like feeling like the smartest person in the room?
Not if it’s true.
I joke, of course! But there’s something comforting about being assigned a play to read for a non-theatre English class and knowing that I’m going to have a handle on the material 100% and not be hindered at all by the format of it. My least favorite thing in the world is a classroom conversation about something I don’t understand, so knowing that I’m ON TOP of the reading material is great, and when the material is a play, than it’s almost a sure bet. I used to jump at the chance for “acting” assignments, but in college there’s a lot less “reading aloud” business happening. I did get to read some stage directions today, like a good little stage manager. I didn’t actually brag that I understood the play so well because I’m a theatre person, but I did feel way more involved in the conversation than I have so far this semester.
FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO CARE, HEATHERS PRODUCER J. TODD HARRIS REVEALED THAT THE PLANS FOR THE SHOW INCLUDE:
YOU CAN READ THE ARTICLE HERE AND ALSO I AM CRYING AND MAYBE DEAD. LET’S PRAY THAT ONE OR BOTH OF THOSE THINGS BECOMES REAL.
THERE IS A GOD.
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