25 A Would-be Actor

Tom was telling his parents how pleased he was by a newspaper review of a play in which he appeared. The play had been a local amateur production, but the newspaper critic had hailed Tom as a very promising young actor. Tom had always loved acting, and here was proof. He thought that he could carve out a career for himself on the stage. It was his opinion that the review might open up several opportunities. His parents disagreed with him, and were concerned that their son was leading up to telling them that he wanted to leave university right away and be an actor. In fact, they were right about this. When Tom did mention it, they both tried to argue him out of it. “You’re doing very well at university, and acting is a very insecure career,” said Tom’s father. You would have to allow for long periods without work, and you need to have a means of making a living. I assume you don’t want to wind up on unemployment benefit. Tom replied, “People always trot out the same old arguments against acting. I’m going to opt out of university and become an actor. That’s my decision, and I’m standing by it!” Tom’s parents were not all that worried by this outburst, partly because they had read the review in the other local newspaper. It described both the play and Tom’s role as very poor and amateurish. Tom said no more about a stage career.

 

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25 A Would-be Actor

Tom was telling his parents how pleased he was by a newspaper review of a play in which he appeared. The play had been a local amateur production, but the newspaper critic had ……    Tom ..    a very promising young actor. Tom had always loved acting, and here was proof. He thought that he could …..    …    a career for himself on the stage. It was his opinion that the review might ….    .. several opportunities. His parents ………    ….   him, and were concerned that their son was …….   ..   ..   telling them that he wanted to leave university right away and be an actor. In fact, they were right about this. When Tom did mention it, they both tried to …..    him …    ..   it. “You’re doing very well at university, and acting is a very insecure career,” said Tom’s father. You would have to …..    …   long periods without work, and you need to have a means of making a living. I assume you don’t want to ….    ..   on unemployment benefit. Tom replied, “People always ….    …   the same old arguments against acting. I’m going to …    …   ..   university and become an actor. That’s my decision, and I’m standing by it!” Tom’s parents were not all that worried by this outburst, partly because they had read the review in the other local newspaper. It described both the play and Tom’s role as very poor and amateurish. Tom said no more about a stage career.

Conversation Questions

 

Who is being hailed as the best actor in the world?

What would you need to do to carve out a successful career in your father´s profession?

What possibilities can studying history open up?

Tal about two people you know who always disagree with each other? Why?

How would a person lead up to asking someone out?

How could you argue someone out of dropping out of acting school?

What kind of things would you have to allow for if you want to reach the pinnacle of success in your field?

How did the world wind up in the last financial crisis?

What kind of things wind you up?

What kind of statements that politicians trot out are you sick and tired of?

Which subjects would you opt out of if you could go back to high school?

 

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