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Channing Tatum Felt Like a Failure After Dropping Out of College

Channing Tatum Felt Like a Failure After Dropping Out of College

Channing Tatum gets serious with fellow actors Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ethan Hawke, Michael Keaton, and Timothy Spall for THR‘s new 2014 Actor Roundtable issue.

The 34-year-old actor opened up about his experience getting into acting and why it made sense for him.

“The pressure of what school is projected as, when you’re growing up — that going to college is the answer, and to me it wasn’t,” Channing said. “I went and I didn’t get it. And I failed at it miserably. And I felt like a failure for it. And so I went and tried to find another door.”

Michael chimed in, “That’s not a failure at all. To me, that’s a victory. He said, ‘I’m going to do what’s me.’”

Also pictured below: Channing leaves a dance studio on Thursday (December 4) in Los Angeles.

FYI: Channing is wearing a Tommy Bahama cardigan and a 7 For All Mankind denim shirt in the candids.

35+ pictures inside of Channing Tatum, Eddie Redmayne, and others in the mag…

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    While I completely understand and identify with Channing I have to say with all due respect unless someone has an innate brilliance, and can get into a non-acting job early on, these days, one must have a degree as a bench marker alone as many have that and more. So, at the end of the day, he’s in the right business to be a ‘dropout’.

    That said, there are as many, if not more, who are his (acting) business with degrees. I think what degrees help in area where language skills come in handy, where as those without them more often than not shun that challenge such as press junkets.

  • mandyz

    Sorry but I’ll have to disagree with that. One “must” have a degree? If you are passionate about a major that you’re able to get an education out of then go to college by all means. But many college students feel disillusioned when they end up going into the major that they thought was what they wanted to do but realize that passion wasn’t there at the end. If one “must” have a degree, then high schools need to change their curriculums by adding career oriented classes for high school students so they won’t be misled and go into the wrong major which MANY young adults are going through right now, hence them dropping out and feeling like they failed society by not getting all 4+ years in college. Love Michael Keaton’s interjection.

  • Soniaintown

    I struggled badly in the first 2 years of my college as well. I still regret not courageous enough to switch to night school while working during the day time to cultivate some marketable skills and work experiences. I couldn’t really turn to my parents to talk about those, they are so trapped with the norm and so shocked that I couldn’t adjust to the college life as I had been nothing but a straight A student, worry free daughter for them. I finally completed one not exactly totally useless degree and moved on. That was tough and I still revisit those ‘what if’s from time to time and wish to gather some precious lessons for the younger generation.

  • Legendary Trolly

    I became assistant manager at a target and I have no kids Im in my mid 20s. Im loaded with bread. I think college is way overrated and will have you in debt. I have a cousin who has a bachelor’s degree, and is an architect. he is currently unemployed because he is overqualified and lives with his mother.

  • Sprite

    When you have a trade you can always fall back on the trade later. Nurses can work in different areas in a hospital to gain better wages and qualifications.

  • ds

    college is overrated indeed.

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