Little did I know, years after graduating, I would come around to thinking my mother had been right. It has bugged me incredibly that, although I was accepted into a highly competitive national program & graduated top of my class, I still didn't have a University degree. For someone as good at academics as myself, it's been a sore spot that I "only" have a College Diploma...as silly as that sounds.
BUT NOW...Sheridan's MT Perf Program is a 4 year BFA degree program. And, even better, they are offering a 3 semester Bridging Program for us alumni that would like to go back and turn our college diplomas into Fine Arts Degrees. In a way, it's what I've been hoping for since 1998. But in the face of this new possibility comes the reality check: at the age of 36, do I want to spend $5000 to go back to school, just to attain a degree in a field where degrees mean absolutely nothing? Is it worth all the effort and money, just to check this pet peeve off of my bucket list? Especially considering I will most likely never utilize it, and it will most likely have no effect whatsoever on the amount of income I will make?
It seems impossible that having a BFA wouldn't, on some level, make my life easier, right? In anything I pursued, I would be able to say I was a University Graduate, and this would afford me a certain level of respect immediately, no? Plus, life happens on the journey toward a goal...so who knows what cool people I could meet, and opportunities could arise, were I to pursue this course of action. Maybe?
It also seems likely that, unless I decided to continue on and attain my teaching degree or go further and get my Masters in Directing, I would complete my BFA and simply go back to my life, doing the same kind of work for the same kind of pay. Still, though, I like the thought of those doors being open JUST IN CASE.
I dunno. What do you think? In a artistic, self-employed, creative field like mine, do you think having a BFA is really worth the time, effort and money?