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    I'm eighteen years old and still in my first year of university. At the moment I'm living in a quiet suburban town about an hour out of Vancouver. My first goal is to move to a different university in the city, and eventually to New York. However, I'm still young and indecisive. I'm working towards getting a BA, but I've yet to decide what I want to specialize in, although I was thinking a major in psychology with a minor in theatre (I love the arts, one of my main draws to the Big Apple). So, I have some questions.

    1) What sort of careers should I be looking for? Would school guidance counsellor or theatre teacher be a viable choice?

    2) What about health insurance? I don't know all the details about what people think down there, but I'm loving my "free" health care, and the thought of living in the US without insurance is a bit frightening, especially with the medical expenses (has anyone else seen the documentary Sicko? Scary stuff!)

    3) What would the price be for renting a small one bedroom apartment? Which borough/neighbourhood would be ideal for someplace cheap, yet safe? How would I go about finding roommates (if I don't have any friends on the same path as me by then)?

    Any and all advice is greatly appreciated! I know I'm starting pretty early, but I figure the earlier the better. I've been to New York once and it was love at first sight. I know it can be a rough place, and it will be a test of character, but I think it will be well worth it. As mentioned before, I'm a huge fan of the arts. I've seen several professional musicals (Broadway, Broadway Across America, Broadway Across Canada, etc) and I've always dreamed of being on Broadway. However, I know that that's a pretty far-fetched goal, so I figured it would be best to just get to New York first and get a stable job/career before pursuing anything concerning acting.

    Thanks again,
    Leanne

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    Can't really give you much advice on careers, since I'm not familiar with that area. I have a friend who works with casting for Broadway, and she absolutely hates it though, for whatever that is worth

    As for health insurance, typically paid by employer if you're a full time employee, or you get on a student program if you go to university. As for privately paid, it can be expensive, but it's so individualized it's really hard to give you a ballpark. Personally, being European, my choice of healthcare has been based on the possibility of going "back home" if I should come into need of expensive healthcare, as we also have free healthcare. Not sure if that'd be an option for you, though.

    As for rent; if you want to live a lone you should probably expect $1000/month as a minimum, if you want to live on Manhattan, even more. As for getting a roommate, craigslist seems to be the most popular option, but I suppose also one of the more riskier. Try to network a bit with people in the theater business, and you might find a better match for a roommate that way.

    As for far-fetched goal; only you can decide if it's worth it or not. Is it a difficult business to break into? Without doubt. And you won't get rich from doing it (unless you're that 0.001%), but heck, if you got a dream, you gotta follow it, right?

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