Let's please make this poll only for people who have been out of college at least 5 years preferably more like 10. People who feel they have really found their place in the industry and their career. How important was your college degree? Did you get an MFA? BA? BFA? Did it help? Do you have a theater degree at all? What has been the most significant factor in you reaching your career goals and the position you are in now? Education? Hard work? Dumb luck? Please vote above and comment below. EDIT: I want to be clear that I am not by any means saying you should not go to college at all. I agree with Icewolf below about seeing many high school students who come in to college thinking they know it all when they really don't have a clue of how professional theater is run. College is VERY important to the vast majority of us. It just isn't a golden ticket to immediately paying off your $50,000-$100,000 in student loans immediately. You need to be realistic and get the education you can afford then work like crazy and don't worry about getting the bigger degree.