Having Trouble Landing a Job? Why Not Take an Acting Class!

 

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take an acting class? For some of us, it’s our worst nightmare, standing up in front of a room full of strangers and dramatically reciting a page from a Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’. For others, you’ve always fantasised about what it would be like to walk the red carpet.

For the rest of us, the thought has never really crossed our mind. I don’t want to be the next Chris Hemsworth or Margot Robbie, so why would I take an acting class?

Contrary to popular belief, acting classes aren’t just for the next Hollywood wannabes, they are also designed to build confidence, increase self-awareness and help you learn how to project and articulate yourself with purpose. You may not be the next Hollywood superstar, but have you ever considered how an acting class could help you land your dream job or internship?

 

We sat down with Damien Fotiou, Australian Actor and Director of Brave Studios, one of Melbourne’s leading acting schools, to discuss how taking an acting class could help you ace that job interview and land your dream job or internship.

 

Q: Damien, describe the type of work you do at Brave Studios

Well, we’ve been around for about 8 years now! We started by offering beginners classes, and over the years we’ve expanded, and we now offer training for beginners, all the way up to training for the professional industry, including audition training, casting workshops, voice and movement classes and improvisation techniques.

 

Q: What does a typical beginners acting class involve? 

We usually start off by doing vocal exercises and physical warm-ups. We focus on getting in touch with breathing and being able to control it, as well as understanding voice and getting out of your head and in touch with your body. We also focus a lot on script analysis. Students analyse a particular scene and think about why they are there, what it is that they want and what their purpose is.

 

Q: What are the benefits of taking an acting class? 

Taking an acting class can help you develop a greater sense of self awareness and self-belief and stronger sense of confidence. In the real world, we tend to put up facades and defence mechanisms in order to be perceived by others in a particular way. In an acting class, we focus on stripping that façade, so that you can really connect with yourself and unlock your truth. Students learn to understand the impact of the words they say and the actions they take and become more empathetic towards others. They learn to understand their voice, project and articulate their words, and generate a sense of confidence and leadership when they walk into a room.

 

Q: How can these skills translate into a job interview scenario?

I think those who have taken an acting class have the ability to speak truthfully and honestly and have a greater sense of confidence than others in an interview situation. They aren’t afraid to ask for clarification if something is unclear, whilst others would just nod and say “yes, I understand” when really, they’re just too scared they will be judged if they ask for clarification.

People respond well to someone who is confident and believes in themselves, that’s probably the most endearing quality a person can give off in a job interview, self-belief and self-assuredness – not cockiness or arrogance, but a sense of being conformable in their own skin. The vocal and physical skills we teach students helps them to be present in an interview, and be able to express and articulate themselves with confidence, as well as portray confidence through their body language. Learning improvisation skills also helps people to think on the spot and be able to respond with an impressive answer when a curve ball question is thrown at them.

 

Q: Are there any exercises people can do in their own time, to prepare for a job interview or work presentation?

Definitely! It’s very much like going for an audition for an actor. You need to know your material back to front. Do your research on the company, and know why you want to work for them and what it is you can bring to their team. The best advice I can give is to be friends with your nerves, accept the fact that you’re going to be nervous and work with your nerves instead of trying to fight them and letting them get the better of you. You can do this with breathing exercises to calm yourself. Control your breathing, take deeps breaths into your belly to relax. Breathe from your diaphragm – it will help you to focus and be present.

 

Q: Who would you recommend an acting class to?

Everyone! Acting classes aren’t just for actors! Anyone who wants to improve their confidence, presentation skills or learn improvisational vocal and body language techniques should take an acting class, as well as anyone who just wants to escape the real world and have some fun! It’s always fun to challenge yourself by doing something different! I’ve seen many students come into my class who have been shy and apprehensive to speak or engage with others, and by the end of the program, they’re the loudest person in the class!

Acting is great because you can put yourself in different circumstances and learn to improvise and think on the spot. You learn to work with others and become comfortable in a team environment.

 

Feel like getting your acting on? Get in touch with the team at Brave Studios here and book in for a class!