First off I want to say working in the performing arts is such an amazing experience. I’ve been choreographing for 10 years now and I have been teaching for 7 years. I would suggest you ask yourself what area in the performing arts would you like to focus? I started teaching in a dance studio after being recruited from an audition I did. I had no experience with teaching but I did choreograph for my dance team I founded in high school along with other events. It was a very different experience working in a studio by myself but I adapted well and learned so much. There are many places to start off in the performing arts. Ask yourself what would you like to focus on? If you are into theatre, you could intern for a company or even try to start at a theatre where plays are performed. You could be an usher for a performing arts center where productions are held. You could stop by theatres and ask if they are looking for tech help with lighting or sound. I would suggest you allow yourself to be adventurous and explore. Visit theatres, visit studios and ask if you can peak in or watch and take notes. Don’t be afraid to volunteer and reach out to high school theatre and dance programs. The best way to go about it is find the need. I am now the owner of my own creative arts studio and I started off with just a passion for the arts just like you. There is hope, all you need is the drive and passion
Deborah recommends the following next steps:
- I want to challenge you to reach out to different venues and seek volunteer work in your area. Also try building a performing arts resume ( if you don’t already have one)
- After your resume is complete, try using job websites like indeed.com or glassdoor.com to search for performing arts jobs in your area. If there are none done be discouraged. It’s all about being creative and networking. Allow yourself to step outside of the box.