The Theater

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Do you want to know all about theaters and become an inevitable part of it? Go on to read more.

 

theater

 

Derived from the Greek word theomai, “theater” refers to the performance of a play on stage in front of a live audience. Assuming you’re a fresh drama graduate, it’s safe to say you know everything about theaters and you’re here to be praised. But in reality, the scenario is completely different. Why aren’t you getting the high-paying lead roles when you can act well? Why aren’t you getting even a single role after giving so many auditions? All these questions are quite obvious, but there’re some unconventional things that you’d need to consider too. Here are a few such things that perhaps no one actually told you in college.

 

Don’t give up your regular job

Essentially, you don’t need to give up your day job for the sake of acting. Theaters won’t make you financially stable overnight. Since you would be facing turbulent times at the beginning, it’s necessary to maintain a part-time source of income. You can surely become a full-time theater professional, but that time would come later on in your life.

 

Everyone gets the same attention

You may have received a standing ovation in your college play, but that doesn’t set you apart in professional theater life. You’ll be sharing the audition room with people who may have never earned a degree in drama or have never gone to any acting classes and still have enviable advocates. What’s more? They’re there for the same role that you’re auditioning for. When it comes to sharing parts of a theater stage, everyone is at the same place, riding the same boat.

 

What makes you stand apart?

Similar to trying to make your footprint in any saturated—or oversaturated—field, you have to have a unique selling point (USP) to create that impact in the world of theater. Work on the things like what helps you connect with the audience the most, what critics have particularly talked about you in your college days, etc. Identify it, spin it right, and you’ll be breaking through soon.

 

Master the room

You may’ve earned lots of critical acclaim in your school, but that doesn’t guarantee you’ll be doing fine when auditioning. You have to learn the art of auditioning and master it. You have to get casting directors to believe you. Mastering the things like what embraces your personality, how to understand the tone, etc., can make opening your gateway to a role a little easier.

 

Apart from these, work on improving your physical comfort level and speaking abilities in front of others, and you should be doing fine.

Good luck!

 

Are you trying to get your feet wet in theaters? Feel free to ask for more advice in the comments section below. You can reach me through my other channels on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

 

Reference

Newton, Matt. 2014. “6 Things They Don’t Tell You in Theater School.” Backstage, February 19. Accessed December 17, 2017. https://www.backstage.com/advice-for-actors/backstage-experts/6-things-they-dont-tell-you-theater-school/.

Kelly, Alexander. 2013. “15 Tips on Setting a Theater Company.” The Guardian, August 28. Accessed December 17, 2017. https://www.theguardian.com/culture-professionals-network/culture-professionals-blog/2013/aug/28/expert-tips-setting-up-theatre-company.

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