How Acting Can Change the World

Scholarship Entrant: Troy Joseph from Killeen, Texas
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Troy Joseph: 302

Acting. If I could successfully earn a living doing anything, it would be acting, as well as teaching performing arts. I truly believe acting can change the world. I’ve worked on many shows doing stage managing, operating lights, or producing sounds. Just being involved in performing arts, you meet and work very closely with a wide variety of people. For changing the world, this is extremely important as you gain exposure to such diversity and come together to create a single masterpiece. As for acting itself, acting requires researching your character. More specifically, actors have to become that character— see and react to the world through the character’s eyes. I’ve played roles ranging from a 1920’s rancher with a mentally disabled best friend to a black army general. By immersing yourself into these characters you get a sense of who they are and the struggles they go through. This is detrimental to changing the world, because if all humans could put themselves in each other shoes, they would see that everybody isn’t so bad.
To make this dream a reality, I would go to an acting school, such as the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, and work as an actor. Through acting I could inspire other young actors as well as portray characters in works. Then, I could go into teaching drama, and raise a diverse group of students into the acting world, exploring different cultures and types of people.

Vote for Troy Joseph: 302

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