Certainly I typed that post out of intense frustrastion, therefore my point wasn’t as well articulated as I would have liked.
You say you WORK HARD, though. If any of my students who said they wanted to be rappers, ACTUALLY wanted to work on their linguistic skills, actually work on the way language works, wanted to work on their writing skills, their diction, syntax, etc. I would LOVE for them to support their dreams.
The reason why people roll their eyes at people who say “I wanna be famous!” is because this generation has a very strong disconnect between what requires intense work, training, and skill. Being an actor requires skill. It is NO different than becoming another professional - you have to study, know acting theory, spend time getting auditions, etc. The people who literally think they can walk into an L.A. audition, get a part, and become majorly famous, nope. Doesn’t work that way. Unless you are one in 10,000,000. You’ve got to work. As someone who has a direct connection with kids currently in middle school - I can truly say, that for the majority of kids I interact with, that unless their attitude about education. hardwork, perseverance, and is dramatically shifted, there is no god damn way they will be famous.
My critique is not on the children - let me get that straight - my critique is on society. Society is the one that told these kids that 1) being famous is the answer. 2) Being famous is easy.
Instead of blaming the people who roll their eyes at you when you say you want to be an actor, how about we roll our eyes at this ideology of entitlement which has perpetuated among our generation - the ideology that says that learning is dumb, the clasroom is dumb, and just get famous because that is what you are owed.
If you want to be an actor, go for it. You are entitled to your hopes and dreams, and who am I to say you aren’t allowed them? You are not, however, entitled to your dreams coming true, particularly without education, work, talent, and skill, and that is where society has failed our kids.