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Theatre -Wed October 12, 3:30-4:00PM

Theatre Careers

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Go to this website to view what it takes, where you can work, various jobs and strategies to find work.

GENERAL STRATEGIES TO FINDING A CAREER IN PERFORMING ARTS
• Complete an internship or an apprenticeship with a local theater. Participate in summer stock.
• Network: Talk with people working in the field to find out about jobs and opportunities.
• Read newspapers and periodicals related to the theater to keep up with new developments. Read the "trades"--magazines and newspapers that report events in the entertainment industry. Read the "Theater" section of daily newspapers to find out about upcoming productions.
Get your foot in the door and get involved with productions in any way you can. Be prepared to do various tasks assigned by stage managers or producers.
Join professional groups as an opportunity to make contacts.
Volunteer with fundraising efforts for the arts.
Be aware of scams. Check out the legitimacy of agencies and companies before paying any fees.
Be prepared to move to a metropolitan area where more opportunities exist.
• A career in the arts takes patience, dedication, and luck!
Have a back-up plan. Be aware that the unemployment rate for actors hovers around 85%. Develop skills that qualify you for other jobs while you wait for opportunities in acting. Consider pairing theater with another career interest or major to open up more job opportunities.
• Theater helps students develop verbal and written communication, public speaking, and teamwork skills. These transferable skills are valued by many types of
employers.
• There are many ways to be involved in the theater while pursuing other career options.


Importance of Internships

70% of students who do an internship are asked to work for that employer!-NACE

Click here for importance of internship article from BYU

Click here to view internship resources for performing art

Wolftrap Internships

Fields- Audio Engineering, Community Program & Education, Costumes, Dramaturgy, Electrics, Production Management, Properties, Scene Shop, Scenic Art, and Stage Management. Related areas may include Arts Administration, Audience Services, Box Office, Business, Development, Marketing & Communication, Management, and Volunteer Services.

Mentors:
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-Chamberlain, Josh- 06/2004 0 Self-Employed Editor/Producer/Director
-Keddell, Katie -05/2006 - Jewish Community Center of Greater Administrative Assistant
-Vitrano, Jessica -05/2005-Seton Keough High School Theatre Director, English Teacher, Lacrosse Coach
-Wertz, Joanne -05/1983-Fairfax County Public Schools Director of Musical Theater program


Involvement in all aspects of major (like joining clubs) to build skills that all employers covet.

Click here for power point with 25 advantages theatre majors  have over other majors.

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While you may think that choosing the “right” major is key to getting a good job, your long-term professional success will depend far more on acquiring the right skills for a rapidly changing workplace.

-The ability to work well in teams—especially with people different from yourself

-An understanding of science and technology and how these subjects are used in real-world settings

-The ability to write and speak well

-The ability to think clearly about complex problems

-The ability to analyze a problem to develop workable solutions

-An understanding of global context in which work is now done

-The ability to be creative and innovative in solving problems

-The ability to apply knowledge and skills in new settings

-The ability to understand numbers and statistics

-A strong sense of ethics and integrity

Source: "How Should Colleges Prepare Students to Succeed in Today's Global Economy?" (Results of a national poll by Peter D. Hart Research Associates, 2010).

What skills do employers look for according to NACE??


Job Sites in Theatre


Resumes:

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Sample Resume

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