Today we take a look at the array of options available in pursuit of a dramatic career. There are few areas of study that provide a more holistic and transferable skill set than the performing arts.
Performing arts students develop:
· emotional intelligence
· communication skills
· creative thinking and problem-solving skills
· research, analytical and critical evaluation skills
· negotiating and presentation skills
· literacy skills
· planning and organisational skills
· teamwork and collaboration skills.
These are all skills that will benefit you in almost any career you choose, especially given the skills that will be required to thrive in the workplace of the future.
For some people however, studying performing arts is about more than developing a holistic skill set for the changing workplace. For those of us bitten by the performance bug, mastery of drama becomes a lifelong passion leading to a career in the performing arts.
At Perform Australia, an academy for performing arts across Brisbane and Canberra, we’re often asked about career opportunities in drama. We’ve provided responses below to some of the most frequently asked questions we get from students looking to turn their interest in drama into a career.
What careers are there in the performing arts?
Firstly, a caveat for anyone wanting a career in the performing arts, you’ll need to be prepared to be flexible. There’s often travel involved and it’s rarely a 9am to 5pm job, many great opportunities will involve evening and weekend work, particularly in theatre - or sometimes very early mornings, in film and television.
Performing arts covers a broad range of career opportunities in music, dance, visual and performing arts, theatre, broadcast (television and radio) and film industries. There are a variety of support, production and presentation roles and employment opportunities including:
· Actor / Actress
· Performing artist
· Creative and visual artists and designers
· Broadcast presenter
· Stage or studio manager
· Playwright or scriptwriter
· Sound and lighting support
· Costume designers and makeup artists
· Set designers
· Dramatherapy / Creative Arts therapy
· Community work
· Drama teacher
· Arts administrator
· Art consultant
· A range of roles within media, journalism or marketing.
Common employers include art organisations, media, local governments, educational institutions, entertainment companies, not-for-profits and community groups.
How do I build my experience?
If you want a career in the performing arts, you’ll need as much experience as possible in front of an audience or camera. So whether you’re starting out, or in between acting jobs, make sure you’re constantly looking to build your portfolio and experience.
A great way to do this is to network, get involved in the industry and talk to people. A lot of organic opportunities arise from meeting people and discussing ideas. You can also generate some of your own opportunities by:
· Contacting local community centres to see if you can support them
· Searching the internet for local community projects to be involved with
· Supporting not-for-profit organisations in the development and delivery of creative programs
While paid work is the ultimate goal, don’t hesitate to take up work experience or volunteer projects in the meantime as that will help you build your experience, contacts and portfolio.
If you have your own project that you’ve been wanting to bring to life, research grants and funding.
If you’ve already got a fair bit of experience, make sure you’re regularly attending auditions and taking any feedback on board. You might also think about hiring an agent or adding skills such as singing or dancing to your repertoire.
Do I need qualifications behind me?
Solid performance skills and techniques will give you a good foundation for a career in the performing arts. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need a university degree, but some formal training through acting classes at a drama academy will be very helpful.
Perform Australia is the first and only drama academy to offer 10915NAT Certificate IV in Acting and the 10295NAT Advanced Diploma of Performance. These qualifications are the perfect addition for anyone looking to polish the professionalism of their acting skills to build a career in the performing arts. Participants will learn:
· A variety of methods for character development
· Applying acting techniques to stage and screen
· Expanding your vocal capacity and skills
· Broadening your physical skills through movement techniques and nonverbal communication
· Audition techniques
· Industry and professional practice.
There's also opportunity to study musical theatre with Perform Australia. Find out more about our Certificate and Diploma.
To find out more about Perform Australia qualifications, visit our website at www.perform.edu.au. Our team of dedicated and experienced professionals are committed to nurturing the next generation of performing artists of all ages and stages.
These blog posts are written by Perform Australia staff.