RedBirds2011 wrote:Analogy to moving to la to be actor: even with how bad the legal economy is, it is nowhere even close to the failure rate of aspiring actors. Come on. What's that success rate? Like less than 1 percent!?
If you define "success" as "biglaw," some of the lowest ranked law schools probably have the same "success" rate as people trying to land legit acting gigs in LA.
Pardon me while I jump up on this soapbox:
Anyone who compares finding work as a lawyer to finding work as an actor really has no clue as to what they are talking about.
I have worked as an actor in LA for over a decade. For many years, all I needed was acting to pay the bills. When the economy hit the shits, work dried up here faster than anywhere. They make half of the projects that they used to with the same sized talent pool to draw on. This is why every new show is loaded with stars and recognizable faces. People need to pay their bills, so everyone gets moved down the totem pole.
The real work of an actor is just finding work. The grind of auditioning will wear you down. The problem is, if you are fortunate enough to find a gig, once you finish that gig you are unemployed again. If you want to compare statistics, compare finding a career in acting to landing a new law job every month. At least when you land a law job, you actually have that stable job from which to build a career. Acting is never like that, not even for established stars. One bad string of career choices and you are back scrapping for work at the bottom again.
And please spare me any sort of nasty "maybe you personally aren't that good" replies. I am still landing work. But with two kids, not knowing when the next job is coming in is no way to live. Hence the path into law.
Apologies if this came off as snarky.