Drama – An Essential Tool For Your Child’s Future
As both a student and a parent, we see so much emphasis put on extra-curricular activities for children to build skills for later in life. We want our children to learn to work well in teams as well as alone, to be creative yet structured, tactical but spontaneous. So why are we constantly overlooking the arts? Why is Drama such an important extra-curricular activity for your child’s future?
Child and young adulthood is full of self-development and self-exploration. Particularly in the teenage years from many teens tend to shut off and can often experience a lot of self-doubt, lack of confidence and self-esteem, stage presence is one of the very few talents that can effectively combat this. Opening yourself up to performing in front of an audience of friends, family and other students will build confidence to help young adults not only navigate the challenges of tween and teenage years, but further on through life and into the workforce.
Teamwork makes the dream work! Whether rehearsing lines, character development, partaking in a production, actors will learn very quickly that they all must work together along with backstage and production crew to reach an end goal. No matter where they go in life, working efficiently in a team will be an integral part of their lives.
3. Cultural Diversity
The performing arts celebrates diversity more effectively than many other activities. Often it is challenging the norm is the engine that powers creativity. Productions help students to interact with other students from different backgrounds and performance that can tell stories from all around the world. Cultures and values differ from each region in the world and what better way to get to know each that to interact on a weekly or daily basis telling stories from each.
Have you ever wished you had learned how to make yourself heard better? Have you sat in a meeting and wondered how to present your viewpoint with more conviction and to be more concise? For a character to become realistic and believable, performers need to learn to project and annunciate, perfecting intonation, their diction and delivery. So, when the time comes for your child to start attending job interviews, this essential skill will feel completely natural. Success!
Nothing is worse than giving your absolute all for something and not succeeding to your end goal. But do we let ourselves get caught up on the things we didn’t get, or do we brush ourselves off and try again? Auditions are the same. We learn to brush ourselves off, nail our ensemble role being a great team player along the way, and then try again for the next lead role.
6. Self Discipline
People always point directly to a career in the defence force to instil some self-discipline. Theatre is not a walk in the park. If you want to instil the discipline of hard work and time management to your children, the arts is the best direction. You spend countless hours learning lines, perfecting character profiles, building sets and costumes, rehearsing after school and on the weekends, add in managing your social life also. And have you heard the expression “The Show Must Go On”? It doesn’t matter if you are feeling ill or not in the mood, there is a paying audience who deserves to see your best. Now there’s a recipe for a lifelong lesson in discipline!
7. Emotional Intelligence
Emotional intelligence is a key driver of both personal and professional success. Being an actor isn’t just about pretending to be someone else. It’s about understanding emotions so you can articulate these to the audience, as well as interact believably with your fellow performers. “Emotional intelligence is essentially the way you perceive, understand, express, and manage emotions. And it’s important because the more you understand these aspects of yourself, the better your mental health and social behaviour will be…improved emotional intelligence can be very useful in all sorts of circumstances – be it in work, at home, in school, or even when you’re just socialising with your friends.” The Conversation, April 2017 Professor Jose M. Mestre & Associate Professor Kimberly A Barchard.
Not much else will help you grow quicker than constructive criticism. Learning how to understand constructive criticism is a key after each rehearsal. Performers will almost always receive feedback from casting director to better themselves for next time. No excuses, just a “thank you” and an immense amount of self-improvement.
Too often in life we get stuck in our “safety net”, when many times our schools and employers are seeking out those who can and will take calculated risks. To be noticed for leading roles and appreciated by directors, performers always need to be prepared, to take instruction and act on it accordingly, but also know when the time is right to take a risk and do that extra little something that separates them from the crowd.
10. Fun, Fun, Fun!
You put in what you get out! If you have fun through the process leading towards a production and love what you’re doing the hard work and pay-off is immense! You’ll never experience the same day twice, you’ll develop relationships, friendships, and skills to last a lifetime. Onwards and upwards for creativity and the arts!