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  PERFORMING ARTS Getting a Job Unit 3 Performing Arts Business Christian Lugtu  Image from:   The Curious Incident o the Do in the Niht-time   PERFORMING  Actors are people who portray characters through voice, movement, and emotion to an audience whether it is on stage, film, television or radio. It is essential that an actor is able to interpret the creator’s idea of the character as well as the show itself. Many actors will also need to be creative when ask to create one’s character or improvise. Depending on the type of work, an actor is able to work in various locations nationally and abroad and can usually last from as little as days to several months. Many people assume that acting takes very little work, but almost all actors or those wanting to become, have looked to Education and Training as a requirement for any who wish to get into the industry. However some have disagreed with this saying that the three year education course for many actors is a waste of time and money. Paul Roseby, NYT artistic director, says : “Drama schools are incredibly expensive and the majority of actors don’t need three years’ training. They need various modular courses every so often to go to. But they don’t need three years. You don’t need to learn how to act; you need to learn how to sell yourself. You can either act or you can’t.”  All actors are at a constant Progression continually learning new acting techniques and key skills which they can add to their CV. This can be from physical theatre to stage combat and they will often be taught this through a certain course or training. This can be done with teachers or those working professionally in the industry. An actor’s Working life is a continuous struggle and many actors will usually have a second job or work part time to pay for the bills. Actors will often walk into an audition, get rejected and will rarely get the job or role they wish. Some may drop their pursuit as an actor and take on a different job in the industry such as production or admin work. However those that are passionate about acting will persevere and will keep trying until they get a job. Once they have been casted, the actor will work hard to perform at the standard of the director. The time spent on work depends on the job; those working in films work an average of 3 to 6 months during production whereas those on stage can last for years depending on the show. Robert Angell on his career path as an actor: My mum and dad thought I was an idiot, but they softened a bit as my career developed. When you see what's happened to a lot of bankers recently, it doesn't look such a silly career choice now .”    Image: Ben Affleck acting and directing Argo An actor’s Wage  will depend on the type of work he or she is in. Equity is the trade union for professional actors and other performers who discuss the minimum wage of the members that have signed with them. The minimum wage will include factors such as the type of job, the location and how long they will be in the production. Equity will also provide information and advice on the type of career the actor has chosen and what progression they can take to further the career. Actors have a wide variety of Job opportunities from stage to onscreen. Some acting jobs can demand for a specific skill or feature from an actor which would make them more or less likely to get the job. An actor’s job can also branch off to many other jobs in the performing arts industry and can sometimes be seen as a good career move by others. This way they can work on different jobs while also using skills they have learnt as an actor to help them with varied jobs. Many famous actors today are taking a change in career from acting to directing. “ I like acting for myself as a director. I act and I know I’ll have a chance to have some say in what’s gets used and I’ll be able to give myself enough takes and be on the same page as myself about how the scene should play. I try to create an environment of total relaxation for the other actors. You can do anything you want. You can walk off-camera. You can have Tou rette’s syndrome. It doesn’t matter. Anything might be good, and I also afford myself that same luxury” says Ben Affleck, on directing  Argo .  Image: Dance leaders from Billy Elliot speaking to NU students PRODU TION Dance Captains are members of a theatre, dance, or other performing company who maintains the standards of all choreography and/or musical staging of a production. The dance captain will work with other artistic staff to maintain their idea of how the production is staged and choreographed. They will review all choreography and will be charge for all performers, understudies and swing’s spacing and dance on stage. Any disagreements and issues with the performers on the choreography will be down to the Dance captain’s deci sion. They must also ensure that all performers are well prepared for the next number.   A Dance captain’s Education and Training is similar to that of a normal dancer and one or two who have been casted in the production will usually be assigned as the dance captain for that production. However there are ways to make the casting director favour one as a dance captain. They will usually ask for a person who has a stronger dance background or experience in productions. Training to become workshop leaders or experience in leadership is desirable for any who wish to be dance captains. Morgan Marcell says: “ I was in Los Angeles, training as a dancer, and they had auditions for In the Heights , which was coming to the L.A. area. I danced for Andy Blankenbuehler, the choreographer, and they brought me to New York for callbacks and I ended up becoming the dance captain for the first national tour. So I ended up learning the show inside and out anyway because my job was to put in new principals and any new cast members. Andy has trusted me with the choreography he designed, so any time there is a regional production, they ask me to teach the srcinal choreography. ”  Few dancers will get the chance to become dance captains, but for those that do, they have a stronger chance of Progressing onto working closely with choreographers or becoming a choreographer themselves. Many famous choreographers such as Jose Limon had done exactly this, working with Doris Humphrey in his early years. With dance becoming more popularised the variety of progression as a dance captain are endless. Those who work with tours and concerts will also get the chance move often in different places maintaining both the performer and their back up dancers on a routine. Dance captains can either have a pressured or relaxed Work life depending on a few factors. If the dance captain is also a dancer in the production or has to maintain a large number of people the dance captain will work more often, however if they are not in the production their main j ob is to hold the standards of a show’s choreography and spacing. Similar to that of any performer, a dance captain will tend to have a second job
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