Ryan Zatcoff, TMU contributor and senior at Hofstra University
Last weekend marked the end of the Hofstra University production of RENT. At first I thought that doing the publicity for this production would be simple, but I couldn't have been more wrong. The production was a huge success, and the cast and crew did a wonderful job. The work that the PR crew and I put into this show was strenuous, but all of the hard work certainly paid off! One of the most important messages from RENT that stays with me is "no day but today." One question that I'm asked often, is whether or not I regret not being a theater major? I can truthfully say that I have zero regret about this decision.
Although I am only in my early twenties, I have had to make some difficult decisions. Some decisions might have been the wrong ones; however, in no way do I regret making the decision. Deciding on a major was a huge choice I had to make, and I have no regrets with the choice I made.
I knew that when I chose to be a marketing major I was going to be making some sacrifices, but what I've gained is beyond what I could have ever imagined. If I weren't a marketing major, I would probably not have had many of the incredible experiences I've had in college. Yes, by not being a theater major, I have lost the chance to take classes to improve performance skills; however, I am able to still be involved. Do I miss performing on a regular basis? Sure. But do I regret it? I don't. I have met the majority of my friends through the Drama Department, even though I'm not a performance major. I've also been able to perform, direct, and publicize for the theater department, all without majoring in performance.
I completely support all of my friends who are theater majors and wish them all the success in the world. In no way do I think being a performance major is a bad thing! If you can't imagine yourself doing anything other than performing, then I encourage you to live your dream. It just wasn't the path I wanted to take. Everyone has to make a hard decision at some point in his/her life, and being a marketing major has been amazing. Not only has it opened many doors for me that would probably still be closed if I were a performance major, but I've also been able to explore another passion of mine.
If you are living with any form of regret, I suggest making a change! After seeing RENT, I remembered that it's important to live life to the fullest. If you want to be a performance major, go for it! Performing is an incredible gift, and I don't know a single actor that takes it for granted. If you realize that performing isn't the path for you, don't worry! Explore your options, and you are sure to find something that excites you.
Quote of the Week:
"Forget regret, or life is yours to miss."
Jonathan Larson, Rent