Career in Radio Presenting… A Lesson Learnt
It is not every day that people in various forms of society make the right decisions on matters that pertain their lives. Sometimes we all fall victim of the wave and hype which grips our societies or we our actions and consequently our decisions can easily be influenced by other who we perceive knowledgeable than us such as our parents, mentors teachers etc.
I was a victim of such a situation. I started acting and participating in drama while still young and high was the place where I perfected my character. Most of those who saw me in stage usually praised me for my acting capabilities. They loved me; they loved what I did on stage. By the time I was done with high school, it was clear that I wanted to join a drama school where I would refine my skills before pursuing my career as an actor. By then, I had already participated in two local TV miniseries.
Most people in the society loved the character in me on the shows
However, when the time to go to college was due, my parent had something different in store for me. They felt that my good performance in academics was a sigh that I was destined for more. Actually they wanted me to do engineering. At first I vehemently resisted all their attempts to have me do engineering, but being the sweet parent they were and the good relationship that I had with them made me feel that they wanted the best for me as they claimed.
Bad decisions can be detrimental in your career and over all life
Later that year I was in college pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering. The professors of the college were lovely and friendly as so were my course mates. The course being a challenging one made me to put more efforts and concentration in order to get good grades. I studied hard to the point of suppressing my acting passion.
The results of my first year weren’t very impressive, so on my second years, I put more efforts. The results of that second year were even more dismal. I started to get a weird feeling that engineering was not my thing. Yet when I tried to scrutinize myself to understand what I could do better, I never came with something better.
During the summer holidays after my second year, my parent seemed upset by my performance. We discussed about it, and promised to put more efforts in my studies — that would include studying over the holidays.
A debate over the radio career made me realize that I was losing by not chasing my dreams
One day during the holidays, I tuned in the radio to kill my boredom. The station that I tuned had a guest who had come to discuss about career choices for the youth. Throughout the one hour show, I listened to the heated debate about the wrong choices that people in society make because they are influenced by external factors and in the end, they never make it in life as the fathomed.
The whole debate seemed to reflect my life and got me thinking about the education choices that I had made. It was clear that engineering was never my thing yet I accepted to be pressured by my parents into it. That evening I thought about the whole issue. I decided that I wasn’t going through with engineering no matter what. The radio talk had been an eye opener and it made me realize that it was prudent for me to pursue my ambitions by pursuing my acting career.
The following evening, I broke the news to my parent after dinner. Dad was furious but I maintained my ground. The decision that I made that night was the foundation that ensured the success that I enjoy to date in my acting career. The radio debate never went unheard.
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