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Gap years

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by sneak, Jul 23, 2003.

  1. sneak

    sneak Guest

    im coming to the age where i want to start thinking about taking a gap year before heading to university. right now i have 2 pretty rough ideas:

    1) concentrate on my djing. try to get as many gigs as possible, work my way up as it were. if this proves successfull im wondering if it could lead to a career in this sector of the media industry (hopefully what ill be doing at uni).

    2) work and travel in australia / usa. not much info on this one, but i think it sounds exciting.

    are there people here who have taken gap years? what did you do? any advice / comments would be appreciated.
  2. yoink

    yoink Elite Member

    Joined: May 27, 2002 Messages: 3,428 Likes Received: 0
    I did not take a break, just went right to it, number one sounds cool, that saying youll probably be pretty popular in college with those skills, everyone I know here that does that are huge commodities for parties, clubs etc....always working your skills on something you love and are good at is an excellent thing to do and continue
    Travelling is always fun and proves to be a nice break for some people, it just really depends on if you mind not going right away, then whether or not you wanna work on dj'ing or just be chilleando.
    maybe half and half, spend some time away, then come back work on some gigs and hit school.
    goodluck either way. Ive known plenty of kids that took a year off before school, it all works out.
  3. --zeSto--

    --zeSto-- Veteran Member

    Joined: Jul 12, 2000 Messages: 6,979 Likes Received: 2
    yeah right.... sneak popular in college?

    just playing ya! ;)

    I took about 3/4 of a year off in between highschool
    and college. I left highschool in January after exams
    and started the film school in September. That was plenty
    of time off to really feel like I had moved forward. One thing
    I'd reccomend though is you must make a point of being broke.
    It's a bad thing to start making real money too soon if you
    actually plan on going back to college. A friend of mine left
    highschool at the same time and he got a factory job right away.
    Well then with the slave wage he moved out, bought a car and
    incured a heap of debt. It took him about 5 years to get his shit
    straight and finally head off to college. The money is really tempting
    but you should focus on goingback to school.

    It's good to keep spinning tracks but dont count on that as a future.
    The dj's I know who are local cats but actually make money do
    so though production and touring. All of which would be helped by an
    education to keep you finances and business in check. I'm not saying
    stop the focus on your skills, but do be honest with the employment
    potential. Make sure you pick up a trade (music production and engineering?)
    as a fall back.

    Good luck sneakers!
  4. sneak

    sneak Guest

    you make me sound like a chocolate bar or something!

    thanks for the advice so far yoink and kilo. i havent worked out exactly what i want to do when im older, but i want to do it in the media industry which is pretty much certain.

    with the djing, i know ill probably never make "it" in any crazy extreme way, i just love doing it and it would be safe to make a little pocket money through out uni by spinning.

    i hear you about being broke...i know that feeling now! haha
  5. Jackson

    Jackson Veteran Member

    Joined: May 21, 2002 Messages: 7,345 Likes Received: 122
    I aint gonna bother, i am straight off to uni in Sept/Oct
  6. --zeSto--

    --zeSto-- Veteran Member

    Joined: Jul 12, 2000 Messages: 6,979 Likes Received: 2
    I first thought this thread would be about
    when you get old enough to wear clothing from the 'Gap'.

    Damn sneakers... that's for making me feel old.
  7. sneak

    sneak Guest

    jackson, why did you choose to go straight?
    oh yeh, not long till your results come out...
  8. mr.yuck

    mr.yuck Veteran Member

    Joined: May 12, 2000 Messages: 6,952 Likes Received: 6
    i thought taking a gap year would be an excellent way for me to grow as a person.
    My gap year has turned into 4 gap years full of being arrested and more
    stress than anyone needs to deal with in a lifetime. Do college and get it out of the way. You'll have plenty of time to travel later in life.
  9. crave

    crave Veteran Member

    Joined: Jan 20, 2002 Messages: 6,728 Likes Received: 10
    the gap year sounds great in theory but when it comes right down to it, the possibility of the gap year turning in to gap years is much more likely to happen. i'd suggest knocking school out first. my 2 cents..

  10. nG

    nG Member

    Joined: Sep 29, 2002 Messages: 995 Likes Received: 0
    me too. i'm 20 now, and i feel like i've got the rest of my life afterwards for travelling and stuff. like a couple of people have just said, theres a possibilty of a gap year turning into gap years, and i think i'd probably never get another chance to be as focused as i am now on working hard at uni. i feel like its now-or-never...
  11. crave

    crave Veteran Member

    Joined: Jan 20, 2002 Messages: 6,728 Likes Received: 10
    a man with a plan!!
  12. Dr. Dazzle

    Dr. Dazzle Veteran Member

    Joined: Nov 19, 2001 Messages: 8,147 Likes Received: 3
    I went straight out of highschool. I would recommend it because then it's done and over with. I have friends that are starting this year, it's going to be another 3 years at least before they can do anything.

    Now that I'm done I have to earn some money and then sail away into the sunset.....
  13. Pinup

    Pinup Senior Member

    Joined: Mar 13, 2003 Messages: 2,208 Likes Received: 0
    dont take a gap year, the shit is poison.

    and honestly, will university really prevent you from djing ? as if, if you had time off, you would spent every day mixing.... i think you would very soon get bored if you did nothing but that everyday. go to uni, and keep mixing for pleasure and get your mind off things, and you will get better without needing a gap year, trust me.

    a friendĀ“s advice;)
  14. --zeSto--

    --zeSto-- Veteran Member

    Joined: Jul 12, 2000 Messages: 6,979 Likes Received: 2
    yeah... get college done while you can.

    You dont want to be the 'old guy' in your classes.
    I'm not sure why but it just seems like the girls are younger than
    the guys in college. Maybe they fast track and work harder?
    Either way... you do not want to be the old guy.
  15. vinyl junkie

    vinyl junkie Elite Member

    Joined: Jan 17, 2002 Messages: 4,725 Likes Received: 0
    i was gonna spend a year after high school just taking art and music classes so it would be like a break but i'd be able to get right back into he swing of real school the next year... even that turned into almost 2 years... i doubt i'd be back in school now if i'd taken a real break...

    *edit* the first year of college is fucking pie anyway...