Becoming a professional performer is such an exciting and fulfilling career. I have many friends that went to school for musical theater and have been performing on stage ever since! I think it is important that you do your research and ask yourself some of the following questions:
- Do I want to study musical theater or acting/drama?
- If I study musical theater, will I want to pursue the vocal aspect or dancing aspect of that career?
- What schools have great musical theater/acting programs that I can afford?
If you have decided to go to school and study musical theater or acting, it is important that you build your acting resume! Participate in the school drama productions and musical productions. Audition for everything and keep building that resume. Make sure you have a professional headshot when you go to these auditions. Also, it is important that you audition for local/regional theaters around you also.
While in school studying to be a performer, many of my friends auditioned for Summer Stock shows in other states, which prepare a performer for the vigorous and challenging career. You can be cast in up to three shows and rehearse for all of them at the same time and perform them back to back. It is a good learning experience.
I hope this insight helps you! Good luck with your acting!
Daniel recommends the following next steps:
- Research musical theater programs at affordable colleges
- Search for open auditions at local theaters
- Create a resume with all of my past theater experience and get a professional headshot