When the curtain goes up, the play begins. All the world is a stage, and we are merely actors. How wonderful are the lives of the actors on the stage! They only have one take in front of the live audience. The costume, the makeup, everything comes to life when they perform.
You may have a passion for the theater and want to be an actor one day. Or you may want to direct a play and be the greatest director of recent times. Broadway is your dream. You want to be nominated for a Tony award. All these can turn into reality only if you believe. Your belief has the power to change your reality. Continue reading this article to learn useful tips to make your vision of theater come alive.
Watch More Plays: Plays are meant to be performed and seen. Great writers like Shakespeare, Marlow, and Ibsen wrote plays not to be read in the classrooms. But they are meant for the eyes of the audience in a theater. If you want to be a playwright or an actor, you must watch plays; there is no other way. To be a writer, you need to read more books; similarly, to be an actor, you need to watch great performances, up close and personal.
- Watching the actors perform will give you an idea of how a play is performed, how the actors enter the stage, how the stage is decorated and how transformation happens.
- You will also learn more about the lighting, stage direction, and costume when watching the play. You may be interested more in the costume department and take up fashion designing as your profession.
Learn The Craft: First, you must be sure about your passion. Once you are sure you want to dedicate your life to the theater, you can step forward accordingly. One may look for a college of liberal arts to pursue their love for literature. You can check out the courses available to select the one suited for your specific needs. While you study art and literature, you will get to know the famous works of dramatists from all around the globe. When you get a professional degree, your work will be more refined, and you will gain respect in the community.
- You may hire a personal coach to help you train better for the theater. If you want to be an actor, enroll yourself in acting classes. The trainers will help you learn how to show emotion and use your voice.
- Look for acting groups that will hire volunteer actors. Provide time for the craft, and don’t expect immediate monetary gains.
Make Connections: Everything depends on who you know. Therefore, connect with people to get the best possible roles, assemble a fantastic team and learn the craft from each other. When you go to a play, wait around and tell the actors how well they performed. If possible, befriend people from the theater community. They are the ones who will introduce you to the directors and the stage managers, and more. When you study theater in college, form a little group of friends and go see the theater together. These connections are valuable and should be cherished forever.