Performing Arts Careers

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Performing Arts Careers (2:03)

“To be able to create a character and display that on stage is so rewarding. And to just dance in front of an audience and to hear their applause at the end is just magnificent because you know that you did your best. And they appreciated that.”

Video Transcript

Performing is magical. Performing is nerve wracking and exciting. It’s a safe space for me specifically as a performer and a creator. It’s a chance to communicate something really special.

To be able to create a character and display that on stage is so rewarding. And to just dance in front of an audience and to hear their applause at the end is just magnificent because you know that you did your best. And they appreciated that.

When the audience is giving you that positive energy, it’s just the best thing ever. You’re doing something right when you have people’s attention, and that positive feedback is exhilarating.

I love to help the audience to feel different emotions that they may not even know that they have. It helps me feel like I’m connecting with people by way of my music.

If you play an instrument well enough to be in a band or an orchestra, all the better, because then you learn how to be a part of something that’s greater than yourself.

The best thing about being a musician is just sharing your passion with so many people. And you can’t describe what a great feeling it is to get dressed up and go out on stage and see all the people out there in the audience that are getting ready to listen to you play.

The beauty of working in theater is we all come in a room together and we say, “What if? What if it were different? What if women ruled the world?”

There could be no finer endeavor than to make stories come alive for people that reminded them of their humanity and what they could be and what they could become.

As humans, we have our jobs and our work that we have to do. But at the end of the day, we’re still expressing and we still need to connect with each other and relate to each other through art.

Discussion Guide

Independent Learning Guide: This all-purpose guide can be used by educators, parents, and mentors to jumpstart a lively discussion about careers in the performing arts.

Classroom Lesson Plan

Do you love being on stage? Is making it in music, dance, or acting your dream? If you’ve performed for an audience, you know that it can be magical, nerve-wracking, and exciting — sometimes all at the same time! Find out what it’s like to have a career in the performing arts, from the role models in this video who work as dancers, actors, musicians, and more.

Classroom Lesson Plan: This step-by-step lesson plan is available to guide a more in-depth “before, during, and after” learning experience when viewing the video with students. This lesson plan is also suitable for use in after-school programs and other educational settings.

Empowerment Activities

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Fun Page Activity

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