A career in the arts is ideal if you enjoy expressing yourself in a creative manner – be it through drama or dance. It promises all that you imagined – the glamour, fame and fortune. But there is so much more to this industry than just…. performing. There are an estimated 2,040,000 creative jobs in the UK and surprisingly, 75% of them are outside London. The industry is developing new jobs faster than any other sector, according to the Creative Industries Council.
The skills gained from a course in performing arts are highly adaptable – they can be applied to almost any career. Here, we take a look at just some of the ways our performing arts courses can shine a spotlight on your future.
Performing arts is a great way to showcase your talent and creativity, especially if academic subjects aren’t for you. Success in any industry requires the ability to think out of the box, show flexibility and be adaptable to any situation.
Your creativity is unique to you, so you’ll have lots of opportunities to share and develop those great ideas, which can really help you stand out of the crowd.
With technology taking over, it has left few opportunities for us to develop our inter-personal skills. We can make doctors appointments, order takeaways and arrange taxi’s all without speaking to anyone. This had led to rise in young people struggling to cope in unexpected meeting situations.
A course in performing arts can help build those crucial skills in communication and self-confidence that are an important life skill- but also vital to any career. It could help you overcome stage fright, give you the boost to go for an audition, or even give you the confidence you need to deliver a presentation.
Leadership is often about motivating and inspiring others to contribute to the overall success of a project or task. It can be difficult when you’ve hit obstacles or are struggling to get through, but performing arts can help you identify your strengths and weaknesses so you have the skills you need to become a strong leader.
It’s impossible to become successful in any industry without being a team player. As an actor, you’ll often be working with people from all different backgrounds and places. It’s a great opportunity to share life experiences and develop a much greater understanding of the world.
Pursuing a career in performing arts often involves using the same skills as an entrepreneur. As actors are often self-employed, they juggle many roles, be it, marketing, advertising, finances, business and more. It can seem a lot, but a performing arts course can help provide the tools to be able to market yourself successfully.
Whilst a performing arts course will enable you to explore your creativity, it can can also help you take centre stage in whatever career you choose to pursue. At Walsall College, you’ll have the opportunity to work with professional directors, choreographers and musical directors from around the world – all from our onsite theatre and multiple dance studios.
Apply now to secure your place for September. See our performing arts courses.