Explore a career in Drama

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Drama

  • What's the deal?
  • Is it for you?
  • What can I be?
What's the deal?

>  The theatre sector remains a vibrant part of arts culture in the UK. Most towns and every city can boast a local theatre or arts centre which engages with a wide cross section of the community, from young people to retired.

>  Shows can vary from the big national touring productions to small community plays and musicals. This means there are plenty of opportunities to get involved if you have the passion.

>  Actors and dancers can also get lucrative work in TV, film, video and advertising.

Is it for you?

>  You will need to love acting, dance and the theatre and have the passion to put yourself forward. The acting, dance and theatre world is highly competitive and you will need to learn how to successfully sell yourself if you are to make it a career.

>  It perhaps goes without saying that theatre employment is not a 9am-5pm career. Most roles will require you to work late into the evening and over weekends. Is this something which will suit you and your family/relationships?

>  If you are an actor or dancer you are likely to be self-employed. Being self employed means you will need to deal with business matters. You may also need to look to a variety of income streams to support yourself, such as teaching. Is this something which would suit you?

>  Most actors and dancers try and get an agent to find work for them. However, getting an agent can be very difficult as the business is very competitive. You will need to think of ways to make you stand out from the crowd so that an agent will want to represent you.

>  Salaries can vary enormously from low paid starter jobs/roles and self-employment through to top jobs at large theatres and star acting/dance roles. If you get into films, the sky’s the limit!

>  In most roles teamwork skills are essential. It is also important that you are able to communicate effectively with everyone from cast to directors to technical staff.

What can I be?

>  Actor: you are a performer acting in a variety of roles and in different scenarios, from theatre shows to video, film and adverts. As well as creating great drama, you will also need to build your artist image, brand and develop your contacts. Unless you are an actor with an agent, you will need to undertake your own promotion, so a good head for business is really useful. This is a really exciting and creative role, but there is a massive amount of competition meaning it can be very difficult to get established and make money.

>  Dancer: you are a dancer performing in a variety of roles and in different scenarios, from dance shows and musicals to video, film and adverts. As well as creating great moves, you will also need to build your artist image, brand and develop your contacts. Unless you are a dancer with an agent, you will need to undertake your own promotion, so a good head for business is really useful. This is a really exciting and creative role, but there is a massive amount of competition meaning it can be very difficult to get established and make money.

>  Performing Arts/Theatre Teacher: one way in which many actors, dancers and theatre workers supplement their income is via freelance teaching and tuition. There are always going to be those who want to learn how to act, dance and get into the theatre or films. You will need to have excellent communication skills, be well organised and have lots of patience.

 

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Acting Level 3
Gain the skills to act on stage and screen
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