Performing Arts Careers
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, musicians, filmmakers, and more.
It can be a powerful experience to perform for an audience. And when you hear applause at the end of a performance, that means you did your best and the audience appreciated it. Whether you're a dancer, a musician, or an actor (or aspiring to be one!), you know you're doing something right when you have someone's attention. This video takes a closer look at some of the best things about performing for others.
Use the resources here to learn more about what it's like on both sides of a performance — for the artist and the audience.
Fun Page Activity: What if you won the lottery? What if you woke up as a dog? Give the performing arts a try with this fun acting activity that you can do with friends.
Independent Learning Discussion Guide: Watch the “Performing Arts Careers” video, then use this guide to learn what a career in the performing arts might be like for you and your audience. This all-purpose guide can also be used by educators, parents, and mentors to jumpstart a lively discussion that connects the role models’ experiences to students’ own, both on the stage and in the audience.
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.