A higher (education) calling

Azmyl Yunor

If one has aspirations to follow in the footsteps of Cuban-Spanish actress Ana de Armas, one should not be in art school but out there auditioning. – EPA pic, October 1, 2021.

I OFTEN joke with colleagues that the first year of any diploma or degree programmes in the creative arts is a “rehab” year to rid the students of stereotypes, cliches, and ill-informed assumptions about not only the world and industries but also about the nature and purpose of higher education in the arts. 

In the broader popular imagination of the public, the ideas often associated with being a musician, actor, filmmaker, etc are equally ill-informed by stereotypes and cliches although by nature it is almost impossible to correct these unless they are curious and open-minded audiences.

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