Camera, lights, action: Performing arts dos and don'ts
Keen to take to the spotlight on stage or grace the nation’s TV screens? Jobs & Careers offer you the dos and don’ts of performing arts.
- Be aware that you may have to supplement your quest to work in performing arts with temporary employment in other areas.
- Create a portfolio of your work. When you go to an audition or an interview, your employer will almost certainly want to see what you have been involved in up until now.
- Network. In performing arts, it can often be about who you know, rather than what you know. Getting ear of an audition that is being advertised internally can be a brilliant way to get your foot in the door.
- Go to drama school. According to a report by Manpower Studies for the Arts Council of England, 86% of working performers have been professionally trained.
- Apply for grants to help you succeed in performing arts. The PRS for music foundation, for example, funds new music in the UK across a variety of genres.
- Expect to be flooded with work. Jobs in performing arts are notably few and far between, so you need to take work when you can.
- Neglect your craft. Whether you’re a musician or a dancer, it is important to continue practising, even if you are currently out of work.
- Forget to produce a professional-looking CV for casting and auditions fit with a recent picture and your skills. Becoming a member of the casting directory www.spotlight.com is a brilliant way to get spotted by professionals searching.
- Neglect opportunities for work experience or volunteering. These will help improve your CV and give you something to do in between looking for work!
- Become disinterested. If you fail to convey a positive and enthusiastic attitude to working in performing arts, then employers are unlikely to be positive about you…