Becoming a Performer
Do You REALLY Love Performing?
When performers talk about how and why they "got started," they talk about many different ways and reasons. But one thing they all have in common is that they love they risky experience of putting themselves in front of an audience. Be very clear with yourself about what you want, and why you want it.
Training and Skill
Performing may involve talent, but, like any other profession, it also demands knowledge and skills. On average, performers have more education than the average worker. Options for training include colleges, universities, continuing education courses, theatre company training programs and comedy classes. No course or instructor can guarantee you success as a performer. Always protect yourself.
Practice and Experience
Performers perform. Most successful Canadian performers have seized many different opportunities to be on screen, on stage or on air, both to support themselves and to develop their skills. Community theatre, school productions and open-mic nights are just some of the ways performers can exercise their skills.
Professional performers generally access work opportunities through a contract with an agent. The agent helps to arrange opportunities for a performer to be considered. In exchange for his or her services, the performer pays the agent a percentage of his or her earnings.
Entering into a business relationship with an agent is an important decision for any performer, so get the facts and think carefully before you take this step.