There’s No Business Like Show Business: Learning the Biz

  • September 13, 2014
Auditioning is a major part of the business for actors.

Auditioning is a major part of the business for actors.

Theatre is a business and if you’re interested in making it to the next level, that is becoming a working professional, you’ll have to understand how the business works. For those working in the theatre, it is an ongoing challenge to get to the point where they are employed in an ongoing manner. In the old days, you learned the business as you went along, engaged in the trial and error approach. Today, there are innumerable opportunities to learn from the professionals who are currently creating or performing in shows in the professional theatre.

Is It All Talent?

Professionalism is a must.

Professionalism is a must.

Does it take “talent” and only talent to make it in the theatre? Many people believe that talent is the most important attribute they can possess. Especially when it comes to working in the arts. However, although talent is helpful, it is not the be all and end all to success. If it were, then people would succeed on mere talent alone. And this just doesn’t happen.

In the professional theatre, people look for those who work hard, can work well with others, are dedicated to growth, and who show up on time and keep the drama on the stage. Why is this the case? It comes back to the fact that theatre is a business, and the elements named above are what business people look for in employees and others with whom they will work.

Training Beyond Talent

Training is essential.

Training is essential.

Talent as a concept is an elusive attribute. Someone may excel at some specific activity or be gifted in a certain area, however, that does not mean that they cannot benefit from skill and technique development, exposure to new methods and methodologies, and activities that expand their knowledge of the subject matter. Talent is one of many raw ingredients that go into the making of a professional. Other much more necessary elements include a strong work ethic, a thirst and love of knowledge, an understanding of psychology, literature, technology, and other academic areas, and the development of skills and techniques. Also, first-rate professionals are motivated to succeed and are ready to accept the risk of failure.

Taking Control of Your Future

Can you work well with others?

Can you work well with others?

If you want to have a career in the theatre, one way that you can take control of your future is by engaging in further training, learning, and development opportunities with professionals such as those offered by Stage Door Connections. All Tickets Inc., which is working collaboratively with Stage Door Connections in providing opportunities for groups to enjoy quality engaged learning through various theatre and career oriented active encounters, is dedicated to helping to educate the next generation of theatre professionals, as well as those who will grow to love going to the theatre.

For more information in active group learning experiences contact All Tickets Inc. at 1-800-922-0716. We can connect your group with NYC-based seminars run by the professionals working with Stage Door Connections. Knowledge is key to understanding each aspect of the theatre and becoming an active professional in the business.

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