I don't want to jump into any career changes too soon. I genuinely love my current job. But, I like to think about the future and how I might grow and become better.
I was looking into teacher certificate programs last week. Despite already having a BFA, an MLitt, and an MFA--it will take me two years to become a certified teacher. I like teaching, but it seems like the field is saturated and I'm just not sure. I love teaching college--but so do a lot of other people. It's very difficult making a consistent living as an adjunct, and they want PhD people. I have thought about getting my doctorate--but in what? I don't enjoy theory enough to get it in English and theatre is a hands on practice. The MFA is the best terminal degree for theatre--and I have that already.
A friend of mine is in Law School and it could be that I miss school, but I keep thinking about it. It feels like Law combines my love of the theatrical, with my love for business, and my love for language. I decided to see if I really have an aptitude for it.
I started taking random LSAT practice tests online last night. I missed the first question. But ever since that first question, I've gotten every other question right. I really think I could do this. Some weird combination of script analysis, teaching Ethics for three years, and studying rhetoric has created in me a mind that just might rock the LSAT. And if I rock the LSAT--I will get into Law School.
I saw a feminist meme last night on Facebook that talked about the money that women make compared to the money men make--and of course there was a picture of a woman lawyer. A brand spanking new lawyer makes quite a bit more money than a teacher--and it's only one more year of school. So, I'm leaning.
I still love doing theatre, but lately I feel like doing theatre is a little out of my control. I've been performing and studying theatre constantly since I was 13 years old. At some point, you really want to believe that the unpredictability will go away--but it's only gotten worse. I would still love to perform, but I need to step back for a bit and check out other avenues.
I'm 36 now. I have a good 50 years left on this planet. I am opening myself up to all the options available to me.
Today I am grateful for the years to come.