So a few weeks ago (3 to be exact) I wrote a post about the benefits of having an education including drama, or any kind of performance subject for that matter, is vitally important for a young person’s development. I said in that post that it would take more than one particular article to explain all of things I believe are advantages. So this week I thought I’d start with confidence.
Confidence is a key characteristic in today’s current climate, and although a lot of the things that I talk about here are things you will see on every curriculum vitae, confidence is a big one. It is tough as a company that take workshops in schools, to see some young people reluctant to take part in the activities we give out. We could choose to let them sit out and not get involved, but they will go out of that lesson having seen the other students work together and leave their comfort zone whilst having fun. Our aim is to let all our participants leave on a level playing field.
The ability to be able to stand on stage and talk confidently in front of people is something that can set you apart from the rest of a group. The perfect place to practice doing just that, whether it be on your own or in a group, is the drama studio. It’s a safe environment where mistakes are encouraged and nothing is considered ‘wrong’. Any idea or opinion is embraced, this means that when it comes to the real world the fear of people’s reaction to a suggestion is dissolved.
Now I’m not saying that performing arts can dispel any fear you may have and that you’ll come out being the most outgoing person ever. That’s not the case, there are certain ways people can be confident that drama may not teach you, but when it comes to professional environments, meeting new people or trying to stand out in a crowded market, drama gives you the skills to be able to thrive in all of these situations.
I can speak from personal experience that I have felt the benefits with my confidence by taking drama in school. I feel that I am able to meet and get on with anyone I meet, and this was something I could never do as a 14-year-old trying to find my way in the world. Now speaking from personal experience taking workshops it is so rewarding to see the students who are at the periphery of the group take centre stage by the end and leave looking visibly brighter.
What do you get return? Well a bit more than you’d think.
Keep it clean, keep it comic.