There are three main types of drama: Theatre, Television, and Radio. Whilst performing in these forms of drama is very different, the basic skills required are the same; confidence, good reading & writing, ability to speak in public, good listening, and expression of mood to name but a few.
These skills are crucial for an Actor to possess, and the skills are transferable in life. This blog will explore how skills developed through Drama can hugely benefit you in life… so let us begin:
1) WE LEARN TO BECOME GREAT LISTENERS
On stage we must listen to the dialogue and sounds happening around us to hear our line cue, or to react to a poignant line. The listening skills developed through drama also makes us great friends. We are happy to stay quiet and listen to you, so you can vent. Now more than ever we must listen to one another. Many around us struggle with mental health, so we must look to our friends and ask if they are ok, we must then give them the chance to tell us how they are feeling. Having a great listener to talk to is never a bad thing.
2) WE ARE GREAT AT IMPROVISING
Improvisation is making things up on the spot. As actors we learn to do this in case we or one of the cast members maybe forget a line of the script and we must help to continue the story line. This skill of making things up quickly, and yet ensuring it makes sense, make us great in Job Interviews. Answering questions without hesitation yet still making sense, may just give you the edge in getting the job you desire.
3) WE ARE CONFIDENT AT PUBLIC SPEAKING
Actors learn to become confident, even if we secretly are not very confident at all. We learn to become the character – if the character is shy then so are we, if the character is confident then we must be. This ability to control nerves and act confidently is so tough for many performers, but once achieved it makes us great at many things such as presentations, team meetings, interviewing/being interviewed, and delivering speeches.
4) WE HAVE CREATIVE MINDS
Most Drama students make great employees because our creatively tuned mind can come up with better thought out ideas, and smart yet logical suggestions for improvements. What's more, as someone who is a creative thinker, we could be more influential over our peers and be able to inspire those around us during staff meetings.
5) WE NEVER GIVE UP, WE NEVER LOSE HOPE
As performers, we are used to having knock backs - not being successful in auditions, yet we still have the determination and resilience to pick ourselves back up and look forward. We do not let the past affect us, we learn from it and develop as actors. We pick up new skills which give us the edge in the next audition. With our persistence we are likely to end up with the role we desire. During this Coronavirus pandemic, having hope is tough and yet essential. We must ride the emotional rollercoaster and come out on top.
I could honestly write a ’50 reasons why Drama can help in everyday life’, but that is for another time…
I founded Thespian Arts to encourage others to benefit from the arts, not just as a stepping stone towards a career in the Performance Industry but to develop the crucial skills which can help you in your everyday life. I just wish more people understood that we do not learn the arts for just entertainment, we do it because the skills we learn are huge contributors to our hopeful successes in life.
I stand with the opinion that the best employees, the best friends, are those with experience in the arts.
Owen Allen, Chief Executive & Founder of Thespian Arts Theatre C.I.C