How to use this blog

Here are some of my assumptions about you:

  1. You are in high school.
  2. You have had some theatre experience and it was fun and you want more.
  3. You have realized that beyond being fun and being with your friends, you want―no you need― to do something in the theatre.
  4. Or, you’re not that sure about theatre as a career and want to find out more so you can figure it out.
  5. You have some inkling that high school doesn’t go on forever and that to have a career in anything, there are some things you need to do, and plan and prepare for, that a fairy godmother or father isn’t going to sprinkle fairy dust on you and whisk you away to stardom.
  6. You’re not trying to find mental health through the theatre.
  7. You read.

From my point of view, what I want to do is:

  1. Talk about what kinds of jobs and careers you might have in the theatre
  2. Supplement what you are learning in class or in a drama club about theatre. I don’t want to take over your theatre education.
  3. Give you practical steps to take to achieve your goals, even if it turns out that it won’t be in theatre.
  4. Wax philosophical about how wonderful theatre is,
  5. Give you working lists of all sorts from what to read over the summer to where your nearest professional regional theatre is.  Resources you can use every day to find things out for yourself.
  6. Leave the doors open for your own discoveries. Maybe nudge you through those doors.
  7. Become part of your support system.

To use the blog

  1. Read the posts randomly, whatever interests you.
  2. Read – every one of you – all the stuff about Preparing for a Career in Theatre. Most of it applies to any career.
  3. Read a few topics that you don’t think you’re interested in. For example, if you want to act, read a post on stage managing. You need to know all about the theatre, not just your area of interest. Theatre is a team effort and you need to know what everyone’s unique contribution to it is.
  4. Let your parents see it if they want. Let your teachers see it, also. Remember, I am supplementing your classroom experience, not replacing it. If I stray from what you are being taught, let me know so I can rethink things.
  5. Use the comments freely. I’d love to hear from you. Heck, if you want, maybe you can even become a guest blogger. (m.turner@theatre-follies.com)

Other points to consider about the blog

  1. I’m going to write randomly about topics that interest me about the theatre. Many of them will have threads. The blog machinery calls them “categories.” I will eventually provide a list of the blog posts that fit together (under a category) and tell you in what order you should read them. This becomes important if you need to follow steps, like in learning about setting goals and objectives.
  2. My niece, Sara, who is now in college and working toward a theatre degree, is a guest blogger who is contributing from her perspective and how she copes with the many challenges that come up and the things she discovers. She is not the focused, cut-throat robot that will do anything to get ahead in the theatre. No, she’s way more fun and grounded than that. She knows that she wants the theatre more than anything and will do a lot (not everything) to get there. She is not the perfect drama student (she is not that robot) but she will have a career in the theatre if she stays the course and gets the training and liberal arts education that she has embarked on.
  3. What I mean by “having a career in theatre” is different for everyone and during the course of these blog posts, I’ll try to point out the different ways that can happen. Heck, I’d be happy if at some point you decide on something else, but learned here how to achieve your new goals and ambitions. The point is, you need a plan of action and you need to take the steps it takes.
  4. What I hope won’t happen is that you isolate yourselves in some theatre bubble and do nothing but eat, drink, sleep theatre. I hope you won’t put yourselves in some Theatre Camp that whips you into theatrical shape 24/7. I would hope that you have fun, make mistakes, have successes, learn how to cope with disappointment and achievement, that you find out about what ever interests you, that you see education not as a training ground for a job but a way to learn and add to all that’s good about what it’s like to be human. That you have a well-rounded, rich, thoughtful, mindful, outward-looking like and that you make other’s lives as rich as your own. But I digress.

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