I’m sure there are a few of you (mostly non-musical theatre type people) who don’t “get” what my blog’s title is. In case you have no idea, it is based off of a song from a very funny musical called Avenue Q, which is a great parody of Sesame Street and of life in general. In case you never heard the song “What Do You Do With a B.A. in English?,” I have a video (well, just the music) here:
The second half of the track is another great song, but “B.A.” ends around 1:10.
I decided on the title because, like the character Princeton, it can be very hard getting a career after spending four years studying (but hardly ever practicing) theatre. I still have another year to go to graduate, but I feel in just a few months I will be singing this song. What do you do with a B.A. in theatre? That is why I started my blog. I only have a thin idea, so I hope you will all join me my magical journey through adulthood.
I feel that whenever I am talking to someone I just met we get into the conversation of what school I’m going to and what I’m studying. The conversation nearly always goes like this:
Person: So what are you studying?
Me: Theatre studies.
Person: Ohhhhh [awkward pause followed by weird smile] Soooo….. what do you want to do with that?
Person: Oh, ok! So you are moving to New York to become a Broadway actress, right?
Just because I don’t feel like dealing with anymore awkward conversations, here is what I tell everyone. As stated in the previous post, I have two potential career that I do want to go into. First, and more realistically, I hope to go into theatre production and development. I want to be the person who hires the creative team and really figures out what the production is going to be. It’s both being creative and business minded.
However, my current dream job would be to be a TV writer and developer. I especially love shows like The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report. I would love to write for s a sketch comedy show similar to them, like Saturday Night Live. I would also love to work for a animate comedy or a sitcom.
So keep following this blog to see what happens. I am applying for every internship I can, hoping to work my way to the top. And I’ll bring you along for the ride if something exciting happens. Until then, share this with your friends (especially if they happen to work in the entertainment industry)!