5 ways the Performing Arts can fuel personal and professional success

5 ways the Performing Arts can fuel personal and professional success

Recently, I was lucky enough to attend “In the Spotlight” – an all singing, dancing and acting showcase run by the Applause Musical Theatre Academy, and its founder Ingrid Bass.

The show, and its predominantly school-aged ensemble, truly exceeded all my expectations. Not only with their talent, but in the way they interacted with each other, supported each other, and pushed themselves in ways that most adults wouldn’t dare.

While watching all of this, I couldn’t help but reflect on the transformative impact such experiences have on young minds, and how this benefits them far beyond the stage. In this blog, I’ll talk about 5 ways that the Performing Arts facilitate personal and professional development.

1. The art of communication

I can tell you first hand that performance has made me a better communicator, and that’s been invaluable in my move to small business owner.

Since the art form is a study of human behaviour, people with experience in the field can become very good at reading social cues. They also learn to absorb and interpret information from their environment, listen (I mean truly listen, because most people don’t!), and express their own ideas, perspectives, and feelings.

Such skills can be a game changer in any career that involves working with people, so it’s no surprise that so many leaders, entrepreneurs, and CEOs have invested heavily in Performing Arts training.

2. Confidence

There are many sources of confidence when you’re immersing yourself in the world of performance. Children can gain gratification from positive feedback, and learn to accept constructive criticism without becoming defensive or embarrassed.

But the real bread and butter in my opinion is confidence that is built when you face hardship and doubt, and overcome them. We are not just talking here about being able to overcome fears while preforming, but also about having the confidence and skills to “think on your feet” and solve problems. Not only is this an essential aspect of growth, but it can really help with one’s approach to academia and learning in general.

3. Finding your voice

The Performing Arts, like any art form, allow a unique expression that is distinctive to you. When a person practises expressing themselves in front of a group openly and without fear, they’re taking big steps towards becoming talented public speakers and negotiators. This is extremely beneficial during school speeches, or even just during regular classes where students often have to speak up, answering or asking questions. Beyond school, it gives them a valuable advantage in university and in a wide range of career paths.

4. Team player skills

In group settings there’s less of a focus on winning or losing, and more on working together towards a shared goal. Successful organisations depend on it.

The Performing Arts are really all about the others around you. It helps strengthen skills that enable human connection. It teaches students to work as part of a team and trust others around them. It also encourages them to contribute to each other’s individual journeys.

When performing, students learn to give and take “offers” from each other – a very useful tool to have in your back pocket when negotiating and problem-solving!

5. Perseverance

This is the quality that I value above all the others and we saved it for last! Perseverance is essential in the performing arts (and thank goodness for that) because it can really give you a thick skin for when life throws curve balls. You can’t get through school or life without perseverance. What better way to instill such stamina than through performance while surrounded by supportive peers and instructors?

I hope students can gain as much from theatre and performance as I have. It has really shaped, pushed, challenged, tested and served me in my personal and professional life in many ways.

Applause Musical Theatre Academy offers weekly musical theatre classes for students of all skill levels from Kindergarten to Year 12 in St Ives, Roseville, Chatswood and Killarney Heights. They also hold music and movement classes for babies and toddlers in Willoughby and Gordon. Additionally the academy runs school holiday crash courses, and birthday parties. For more information, visit them at www.applausemta.com.au, or follow them at www.facebook.com/ApplauseMusicalTheatreAcademy.
Recently, I was lucky enough to attend “In the Spotlight” – an all singing, dancing and acting showcase run by the Applause Musical Theatre Academy, and its founder Ingrid Bass.

The show, and its predominantly school-aged ensemble, truly exceeded all my expectations. Not only with their talent, but in the way they interacted with each other, supported each other, and pushed themselves in ways that most adults wouldn’t dare.

While watching all of this, I couldn’t help but reflect on the transformative impact such experiences have on young minds, and how this benefits them far beyond the stage. In this blog, I’ll talk about 5 ways that the Performing Arts facilitate personal and professional development.

1. The art of communication

I can tell you first hand that performance has made me a better communicator, and that’s been invaluable in my move to small business owner.

Since the art form is a study of human behaviour, people with experience in the field can become very good at reading social cues. They also learn to absorb and interpret information from their environment, listen (I mean truly listen, because most people don’t!), and express their own ideas, perspectives, and feelings.

Such skills can be a game changer in any career that involves working with people, so it’s no surprise that so many leaders, entrepreneurs, and CEOs have invested heavily in Performing Arts training.

2. Confidence

There are many sources of confidence when you’re immersing yourself in the world of performance. Children can gain gratification from positive feedback, and learn to accept constructive criticism without becoming defensive or embarrassed.

But the real bread and butter in my opinion is confidence that is built when you face hardship and doubt, and overcome them. We are not just talking here about being able to overcome fears while preforming, but also about having the confidence and skills to “think on your feet” and solve problems. Not only is this an essential aspect of growth, but it can really help with one’s approach to academia and learning in general.

3. Finding your voice

The Performing Arts, like any art form, allow a unique expression that is distinctive to you. When a person practises expressing themselves in front of a group openly and without fear, they’re taking big steps towards becoming talented public speakers and negotiators. This is extremely beneficial during school speeches, or even just during regular classes where students often have to speak up, answering or asking questions. Beyond school, it gives them a valuable advantage in university and in a wide range of career paths.

4. Team player skills

In group settings there’s less of a focus on winning or losing, and more on working together towards a shared goal. Successful organisations depend on it.

The Performing Arts are really all about the others around you. It helps strengthen skills that enable human connection. It teaches students to work as part of a team and trust others around them. It also encourages them to contribute to each other’s individual journeys.

When performing, students learn to give and take “offers” from each other – a very useful tool to have in your back pocket when negotiating and problem-solving!

5. Perseverance

This is the quality that I value above all the others and we saved it for last! Perseverance is essential in the performing arts (and thank goodness for that) because it can really give you a thick skin for when life throws curve balls. You can’t get through school or life without perseverance. What better way to instill such stamina than through performance while surrounded by supportive peers and instructors?

I hope students can gain as much from theatre and performance as I have. It has really shaped, pushed, challenged, tested and served me in my personal and professional life in many ways.

Applause Musical Theatre Academy offers weekly musical theatre classes for students of all skill levels from Kindergarten to Year 12 in St Ives, Roseville, Chatswood and Killarney Heights. They also hold music and movement classes for babies and toddlers in Willoughby and Gordon. Additionally the academy runs school holiday crash courses, and birthday parties. For more information, visit them at www.applausemta.com.au, or follow them at www.facebook.com/ApplauseMusicalTheatreAcademy.