So, I recently graduated college. With an so called “useless” degree.
Yup, I’m freaking film major.
Now, film degrees get a bad rap.
“It’s a dumb degree.”
“What job are you gonna get with that?”
People say these things all the time. And I’m surprised people don’t see the connection — that it baffles me. How can you not see it? It’s right in your face!
Benefit Number One
Anyway, first and foremost, if you’re in film, writing, psychology, philosophy, public speaker, actor or humanities lover (like me!) — you’re an communicator.
Putting Pen to Paper is your strength.
Dealing with or influencing people is your strength.
Public Speaking is your strength.
Soft skills are your strength.
And these are the skills you need to obtain any job you want.
What’s the first thing you need to do to get a job?
Write a resume and interview.
Writing and public speaking.
This is the edge you have over other people. You’re an master at these 2 things.
Tech geeks have engineering.
Finance gurus have numbers.
Designers have pencils.
You have communication skills — use them — any and everywhere.
Story time — I remember I took a public speaking class two years ago where we did one speech per class. 10 in total for the whole semester. This was my favorite class, btw.
I aced this class with flying colors. Every speech I hit it out the park.
BOOM – BOOM – BOOM!
And you know who struggled?
The Tech and Finance folks (no disrespect to them).
They were scared. And barely made it through the speeches.
They weren’t built like me — whose had over 10 years of customer service exp, whose been blogging since 2016, whose been acting for more than 4 years).
These are strengths you hone when you’re a film major.
Benefit Number Two
The most important people in the world, specially in Hollywood, politics, and business are communicators.
Donald Trump goes viral on Twitter – everyday. 140 characters of writing!
Aalexandria Ocasio-Cortez goes viral as well. She’s heating up.
Denzel Washington, Steve Harvey, Tom Cruise, Kevin Hart, Will Smith — you name it, any A list Actor is a super good communicator.
In business, salespeople and marketers drive the growth of the company. Without sales, the company dies, period. Steve Jobs was probably the most influential people in business in the last two decades and he was a gifted marketer and storyteller.
All these people can communicate extremely, extremely well.
The top people with the most $$$ and influence are the best communicators, period.
Benefit Number Three
Studying acting really helped my mental health.
Before I took improv classes, I was pretty shy (not introverted) but I couldn’t communicate my thoughts and feelings as well as I wanted.
Then, I solved my problem — I found something I was extremely passionate about — improv comedy. I was to communicate clearly and think clearly. To any one.
Which – I think – is extremely underrated today — where we’re living an a fast paced world. And the best, clearest thinkers would be able to stand out from the bunch.
I personally journal my thoughts every day. I even do a video journal as well. And it makes me feel awesome. And I don’t think I would get that feeling if I wasn’t a communicator.
Okay – that’s enough writing for me.
Thanks for reading,
P.S. You can follow on Twitter because you love communicating too!