Is acting too problematic of a career for an ENTP?

Is acting too problematic of a career for an ENTP?

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    Is acting too problematic of a career for an ENTP?

    For most of my life, I've been a strong ENFP, but now that I've grown and changed, my introverted thinking has come closer and more frequently to the surface. I'm about to go to college soon and I need to make some concrete decisions about my major. I wanted to be an actress when I was a kid, and wonder if I should still pursue that. The last play I was in was in middle school, but the life of an actress still appeals to me. The independence, creativity, and inspiration through interaction with other creative people are definite bonuses, but I struggle with the drama. I don't like to be dramatic and theatricality was something I considered a strength in the past, but now has become something I loathe and avoid participating in. I want to be in film and I want to be an actress, but I detest the uber-dramatic stereotype that is associated with it, which makes me wonder whether it's right for me. If I become an actress, I hope to bring reality and depth to characters rather than drama. A skill of mine is understanding people and being open-minded about them. My analysis has brought me to three possibilities- either that's an indicator of my potential to be outstanding in the field, or it's an indicator that I should stay away from the field, or it's an indicator that there are factors about acting that sound right for me, but I'm missing the key ingredient and a similar but different field would be ideal.
    Although I couldn't do my personality justice in a paragraph or in a simple ENxP, I'm desperate for an outsider's perspective!

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    You could perhaps delve into being a cinematographer or a director. Then, one day,you can choose a character of your choice if you want to act. Some directors have made a cameo appearance in their own film before.

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    I don't see why a Ne-dom can't make a brilliant actor. Use that skill of seeing things from various perspectives!

    The acting world is big, I'm sure you can find your niche where you act how you want.

    I literally just had this conversation this morning with my other half ENTP to quit everything and become an actor.
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    ENTP - The Visionaries

    I'm an ENTP, and I'm an actor. I would say that acting is a terrible profession for ANYONE to pursue for a variety of reasons, regardless of your type. You should only become an actor (or any kind of artist) if you have no other choice. I am here in Hollywood because I was utterly compelled to do this. I had no real choice in the matter. If you are not burdened with this journey, find another path.
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    My mom is an ENTP lawyer (though a relatively ambiverted one) and she would describe to me how she created a persona for herself to make courtroom arguments. That sort of activity is very similar to what actors do. While it comes down to the individual and it might be different in your case, I think acting in general is a fine career choice for an ENTP. The ability to understand people and be open-minded is really valuable for entering different roles.
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    Personality type hasn't nothing to do with career choices. It just suggests possible preferences. There are probably ENTJ nurses and INTP sellers in this world.
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    I'd say follow your passion, but also be realistic about what you're going to need to do i.e. before you get an acting role, or while auditioning, you'll have to work part-time jobs elsewhere which may not be enjoyable and you may be rejected many times before you have any successes. It's a very difficult field, but if you really want to do it, then I don't see why not.
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    Bill Maher, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jeremy Clarkson, Robert Downey Jr..... Is there a pattern between these ENTP's? They have a very thick thick skin. It's like they come from abuse. Maybe you can't see it, I dunno. I just think ENTP's are usually too sensitive to criticism to take the kind of rejection you will be subjected to if you want to be an actor.
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    Tom Hanks is also a ENTP, I believe.
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    Only you can answer if it's too problematic for you.
    Nothing to do with 'type.'
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