Theatre school was great. It is great. But it can omit some of the more fundamental and important career lessons. School is, after all, a bubble. It’s not a natural professional environment.
So, with what little wisdom I have regarding a career as an actor, here’s a list of some things I wish somebody had told me in theatre school. Some of these lessons, I had to learn the hard way. Others simply would have saved me a bit of time.
- “Stealing the show” is not a compliment. The ensemble is more important than your “moments”.
- You’d be surprised how few people are willing to pay for theatre tickets when they aren’t your friends and family and have no personal connection to you whatsoever.
- No, you can’t actually play forty and fifty-year-olds in your twenties. At least, no one will pay you to do it.
- By the same token, there are very few…
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