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Four Essential Skills to Learn before Joining Theatre

The journey of an artist

Since performing arts is about embracing the theatricality and resonating with the audiences, here are the skills one needs to hone to make an indelible mark

The Ability to Network and Market your Skills

Well, to flourish in any profession, an individual must be cognizant of the art of selling their skills to bag secure work and sustained popularity in the realm. Theatre is no different! One way to master these skills is by joining a community of accomplished artists belonging to various fields to gain the confidence, interpersonal skills and social standing to bag prestigious works or at least to know the windows of opportunities.

Some glorious opportunities might come across your way by the veracity of connections and being at the right place at the right time!

Learning to Be Resilient and Dedicated

To overcome rejections and failures, a certain amount of self-discipline and stamina is desired in every artist. The willpower to conquer it all sustains one through thick and thin. If you are keen on joining theatre, you would require the tenacity to be on the edge and go with the flow. Trusting the current to land you somewhere secure without giving up on the way is the first step towards gaining recognition for talents.

Artists also require the physical stamina to survive prolonged long hours and deliver the best! Cultivating growth mindset, putting constant effort, appreciating and taking criticism from others and finding inspiration even in times of exasperation could certainly assure a degree of this grit.

Developing an Analytical Mind for Introspection and Self-Reflection 

Every time you sign up for a new role or want to examine the merit of a novel character, you will need to deeply scrutinise and critically reflect on the myriad aspects of your performance.

An analytical mental framework can be developed by playing brain teasers or delving into the seemingly obvious truths, practising problem-solving skills and inculcating inquisitiveness. Professional workshops, media and academic publications are other resources to seek help from.

Gaining the Capacity to Teamwork and Flourish

A production is hardly about a solo performer, and even then you would need to collaborate with the professionals behind set design and other crucial elements.

Every production is a result of teamwork and contribution so much that in the end, it becomes a gossamer’s of individual talent and dedication. Even a faint trace of disharmony and mismanagement can reflect badly on the entire production house and individual performers.

Puja Sinha

Coffee addict. Daydreamer. Hitchcock Fan. A post-grad in English Literature, Puja is a forever enthusiast of traversing long distances by rail. Her verticals of choice are entertainment, art & society. She can be found lazing in the garden when not fidgeting over deadlines.
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