Understanding performance skills and the different elements required to put on a production can help you progress in a wide variety of sectors. Here are just a few to get you started:
If you’re brimming with confidence and can tell a story using your voice and your body, you may want to pursue acting on the stage, radio or on-screen. Your focus could be musical theatre, dramatic productions, dancing, cabaret and more.
As the saying ‘lights, camera, action!’ goes, lights and sound are essential to a good performance. It takes a great deal of skill to properly illuminate a stage and create effects that will complement a performer’s live show.
You’ll need to be able to see the big picture as a Director – multi-tasking and managing a large group of people and elements. Ultimately, you’re responsible for the final show and bringing it all to life.
TV and Radio Broadcasters can benefit from experience in performance skills. How they use their voice and body language to deliver information is essential to their job role.
From costume design production, props, research, set design and much more, a performance couldn’t run without people working back stage to make it possible.
Alongside lighting and sound production, a team of Camera Operators keep things "picture perfect". You could enter this team as a Junior Camera Assistant, learning the ropes from senior members of the team up to the Director of Photography.
If you choose to study performance skills, there are a number of routes you can take to further your career such as:
• Further study at university or college A degree in performing arts or musical theatre isn’t essential, but it can give you a taste of what it’s like to audition for roles, work in areas you may not expect and learn from the experiences of others.
• Apprenticeships Exploring apprenticeships in directing, sound, lighting and others are a great way to learn on the job whilst also earning money. This usually consists of a set programme of learning with a qualification at the end.
• Amateur dramatics and extra work Getting involved in a drama club, even if you don’t want to perform, is a great way to learn about the industry. Keep an eye on media listings for open call auditions for film and TV extras. Make sure that you research the reputation of the company and take someone with you if you’re unsure or nervous.
We understand the amount of information out there can be daunting. To help, we’ve included a small collection of useful websites for you to visit:
The National Careers Service website offers an overview of many different careers. It’s a great starting point to help you take your first step towards planning your career. www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk
All About Careers includes really useful information about specific career opportunities. You can also take a career ‘test’ which will give you ideas about industries you might want to explore further based on your answers. www.allaboutcareers.com
The National Apprenticeship Service offers information about what apprenticeships are and how they work. It’s particularly useful as a general introduction and to help you and your parents understand the opportunities an apprenticeship offers. www.getingofar.gov.uk
Not Going to Uni is a website that aims to offer a full range of options and choices if you feel that university is not the route for you. www.notgoingtouni.co.uk
Which University? is a website that can help you decide what to study, where to study and how to get there. www.university.which.co.uk
REED Salary Checker can help if you’re curious about what your earning potential could be in your chosen career. www.reed.co.uk/average-salary