Ten Other Careers Your Theatre Degree is Perfect For
Written by Andy Haynes
July 19, 2017
“You’ll never make any money!” It’s a phrase that’s been uttered by millions of parents when their sons or daughters tell them they want to get a degree in theatre. The money isn’t why we do it, of course. (We do it because we love it!) But, even if theatre doesn’t work out, the skills you’ll learn pursuing it can prepare you for a wide range of jobs!
Sales requires one thing above all else: confidence. And nothing instills more confidence than a cheering crowd after a successful performance on stage!
How do you connect with an audience? How do you make them feel a certain way? Theater can teach you those skills and in marketing you’ll use them every single day!
To be a great writer, you have to be constantly reading. Over the course of your studies, you’ll read hundreds of plays by some of the world’s greatest playwrights. You’ll learn what makes their writing compelling and how to apply it to your own work.
Many a performer has gone on to teach after leaving the profession. There will always be someone new wanting to learn what you know!
5. Public Relations
Ability to engage with total strangers: Check. Passion for communicating messages: Check. Knowing how people will react to what you say and do: Check! Yeah, you’re ready for a career in public relations.
As an actor you’ll learn to find the truth in the world, because, to paraphrase Hamlet, your acting should “hold a mirror up to nature.” Finding the truth and showing the world is basically the entire job description of a journalist!
To accurately a portray a character, you’ll need to actively research the time in which they live. This includes learning customs, culture, fashion, politics and much more about a specific era. Basically, the job description of a historian.
While it will require a little more schooling, your ability to speak publicly with passion, memorize large amounts of information, and your lack of stage fright put you well on your way to success as a lawyer.
Don’t forget the skills you learn in technical theater! Learning how to build a set is great stepping stone into full scale construction.
10. But seriously, there are hundreds of jobs just within the theatrical world itself!
Don’t forget that even within the world of theatre there are plenty of other jobs you may not have even considered. Actor, director, producer, playwright, tech, agent, administrator, designer, stage manager… The list goes on and on!
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