Setting the stage for the future

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 23 November, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 23 November, 2010, 12:00am

I believe I am a creative person and can express myself well in front of an audience. I want to be the centre of attention and for people to appreciate my talent.

Joining the entertainment industry could be an ideal career path for me. I'm considering taking up a summer job as a part-time actress. I think it's a cool idea. As an actress, I can wear trendy clothes and hone my skills in front of the camera.

Besides, I can make a lot of money without putting in too much time on the job. It's like killing two birds with one stone - I can enjoy myself while doing a job that pays very well.

Ma Ka-wai, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Ka-wai. Getting into show business is a very desirable career path, and millions of young people dream of seeing their name up in lights, their face on the big screen in countries around the world. Shows like American Idol help some of those aspiring stars climb the first step on the ladder to international acclaim, fame and fortune.

But a life in the limelight - or trying to get there - is not an easy one. Becoming a star is not just a matter of looking good and going to parties. To be successful takes a lot of hard work and commitment.

Becoming an actor can also mean giving up some of the things you believe in. You may have to agree to portray a character that is nothing like you, or do things you don't think are right.

Of course, if you do succeed in the industry, showbiz can be a fulfilling career. The creative arts are a essential part of modern life. Your idea of trying to get some experience during the summer is an excellent one - hopefully you will gain an unbiased perspective.

And if you decide not to go into the industry as a professional, remember there are many community arts projects you can take part in.

Karly, Deputy Editor