What to do?
I was visiting with a musical theatre alumnus a few months ago, one who is now working in the industry as an agent’s assistant. He is seeing the musical theatre world from a wholly different angle.
I asked him what he knows now that he wishes he would have known three years ago.
- Do a student film. You will need to have a reel, and you need experience acting in front of the camera.
- Engage in other creative activities. Write. Read novels. Do improv. Take an art class. All of this will feed your own creativity on stage.
- Leave college with a video reel. You need quality excerpts of your on-stage work in college. Beg your department for a two different two-minute clips of your best work on stage.
I would add to this:
- See everything you can. Even community theatre can be instructive.
- Learn from the negative example. We can learn what not to do just as readily as we can learn what to do.
- Do experimental and devised theatre.
- Learn a song — and learn it well — in at least one foreign language.
- Take music theory courses seriously. Anyone who sings needs to comprehend and be able to apply the symbolic language of music.
And read and do this: http://www.theatrepeople.com.au/my-advice-to-my-younger-self/