Ever notice that those of your friends and acquaintances who dabbled in school theater or even performing in community theater as kids are more likely to be successful, liberated and communicate easily with other people? There’s a reason for that. Acting classes have a significant impact on a person’s personality and self-confidence. Not everyone needs to become a professional actor, but certainly everyone will need these skills in everyday life. Let’s find out how acting skills help in different areas of life – career, everyday situations, relationships with loved ones.
Being Fear of Nothing
Our fears are often obstacles to our success-sometimes they are based on insecurity, sometimes they are the fruit of childhood traumas. One way or another, they get in the way of our adult life – we are afraid to speak in public, to ask for a promotion, to successfully play at a live dealer casino, to stand up for our opinion before the boss, or to allow other people, from the bank clerk to the doctor, to be rude to us as if this attitude is the norm. Fear is the culprit. It must be overcome.
Acting classes, even at a small theater studio, can help you learn to cope with insecurity – every appearance will be not only an exit to the stage but also out of your comfort zone.
Managing Your Emotions
Controlling emotions is a difficult skill, especially for expressive people, but it can also be trained. Actors, to play their roles perfectly, learn to portray the emotions of their characters, taking a back seat to their own.
This skill helps you be collected in life – not let your anger go when it isn’t necessary, not be afraid to express joy or love, to cry in those situations when it’s necessary to preserve your mental health.
Finding the Creator in You
Unleashing your creative potential is an important part of any person’s life. Creativity isn’t just drawing, singing, dancing. It’s a creativity skill.
People with developed creativity are often more successful in their careers – they come up with unconventional solutions and demonstrate a creative approach to tasks. This helps make discoveries, make breakthroughs in career, arrange life efficiently, and find a way out of any situation due to flexibility of mind.
Acting helps develop these skills in a natural way – the brain searches for appropriate solutions for each role, “swings” in the process of playing, and adjusts to creativity.
Learning to Listen
Being able to speak correctly and competently is an advantage in life. It helps a lot both in work (you can move up the career ladder and become a manager, learn to present your own ideas in a cool way, finalize the results of projects, etc.) and in everyday life.
But an equally important skill that develops through the practice of acting is the ability to listen.
People who can listen to the interlocutor, sometimes even less than those who can only speak. The symbiosis of these two qualities helps to achieve success in any situation where the human factor is important because listening and responding competently is half the way to a positive solution of the problem.
When acting, the actor must empathize with his character, otherwise he won’t be able to convey the emotions and feelings of the character accurately and the acting will be fake. Therefore, the ability to empathize is another useful skill to develop in acting classes.
Empathy helps a lot in life – to be more human, to better understand the people around you, to interact with subordinates, bosses and just colleagues. The ability to empathize helps become a good parent, friend, and partner.
Only you choose to engage in acting or not. Always listen to your heart. But if the idea of making acting your hobby seems useless – we have given at least 5 good reasons not to think so. The skills developed in the process of studying acting are sure to be useful to everyone in life.