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Life Skills You Can Earn through Drama Courses

Enrolling in drama courses is a great way to learn acting and get exposure to practical experiences like reading and auditioning. But throughout the lessons, you can also find life skills that can help you navigate through the world. If you’re still considering on taking up a course, check out the following list of things you’ll learn to help you make the decision.

Communication Skills

By practicing voice projection and physical expressions, students in drama courses can develop their verbal and oral communication skills and learn the best ways to convey their ideas.

“Many actors are naturally introverted, which people are often surprised to hear,” said Glen Hamilton, head of acting at the Academy of Film, Theatre and Television. “In such cases, these people have deep and rich inner lives and imaginations but prior to their training, find it hard to express these parts of themselves. Acting gives them the confidence to be heard and to say what they feel, share their thoughts.”

 

Storytelling

Drama courses put students in a setting where stage acting meets screenplays, directing and cinematography. All of these put an emphasis on storytelling, which is an especially valuable and transferable skill in today’s attention economy. A good story is something everyone can appreciate, and learning the many different components can help you master the art of stringing one.

 

Understanding of Human Nature

Through character study and immersion, you can learn a lot more about what drives human behaviour: needs, wants and fears. With this, it will be easier to understand and empathise with other people, a skill that will be useful for all areas in life.

 

Improvisation

While acting definitely requires preparation and memorising, the best actors are the ones who can improvise in character. Writer and actor Dominic Zhai likened acting to combat sports. “Like Tyson said, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face”,” said Zhai.

“To be a good at improvisation, you need to be fully in tune with the other person. Professionals and experts in any field do virtually all the preparation beforehand, so when it is time to perform, they can just relax, focus, and live moment to moment.”

Improvising in acting helps you stay prepared yet flexible in dealing with unexpected situations, which is always useful in your day-to-day world.

Ways to Challenge Yourself as An Artist

As an artist, it is common to feel stuck in a rut or creatively stunted. When this happens, it is a good idea to open yourself up to new challenges that will make you learn and discover important knowledge – not only on the arts itself, but also yourself as an artist. Here are a few ways to nurture, develop and expand your artistic instincts.

Enrol in a Course

There is always something new to learn. Try something outside your general field – so if you’re an illustrator, do some vocal or drama courses. Chances are, you will learn something new and inspiring to bring back to your regular work.

Limit Stimulations

Kind of the opposite from the previous tip, but still works just as fine. In a world where Internet reigns and every kind of content can be found with a tap of finger, it is very easy to become overstimulated. Try to cut down on unnecessary content and focus on your work. To make it easier, you can also opt to produce works based on just one theme for a certain period of time. For example, writing flash fictions exclusively for a week or using just one colour family for your design.

Do a Public Challenge

Ever heard of NaNoWriMo? It is short for National Novel Writing Month, which is an Internet-based creative writing project held every November. Online challenges like this not only help you stay accountable, but the community behind them will also keep you motivated, with other artists to share your experiences with. This also brings us to the next tip…

Meet Your People

Wherever possible, meet up with people of similar profession and/or passion to you – not just to gain the newest updates in the industry, but also to expand your network and find opportunities for collaboration and gigs! Getting to know other people’s projects can also give you the inspiration you need to get started on your own.

Enter Contests

Getting a passion project done and being in the running for monetary prize – why not? It indeed can be daunting to participate in a competition, but you can always learn something new by exposing your work to a fresh pair of eyes.