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5 Ways an Acting Degree Can Help You Outside the Acting Industry

While our favorite film and television stars make it look easy, acting for film requires a variety of skills few ever come to master. It’s why an acting degree is so important at an early age— there’s no better way to start learning the ins and outs of the industry before diving in.

Whether you make a career out of acting or take another route later in life, here are several ways an acting degree or conservatory program prepares you for more than just acting.

  1. Confidence under pressure.

Most careers out there will put you in a high-pressure situation at some point. This can be an intimidating thought if you’ve always been a naturally shy person or simply don’t work well under stress. Becoming a good actor is impossible without developing self-awareness and confidence, since you’re tasked with embodying human emotion, character, and memorizing lines to deliver them later in front of either a live audience or film team. Acting skills can be used in all kinds of daily situations.

Experience performing everything from silly to emotional roles will leave you with a stronger sense of confidence that’s perfect for taking on auditions, interviews, meetings, and more.

  1. Teamwork.

If there’s one thing you can expect to do throughout your acting studies, it’s working with others. While individual skills and roles are important, how well a group connects to overcome hurdles often influences the impact of the performance. This is why actors are taught to become strong team players in order to collaborate better with others and build off each other’s strengths and weaknesses.

It goes without saying that almost every industry outside of acting is looking for people who can become an effective, positive contributor into their team.

  1. Public speaking.

They say almost three out of four people have some form of glossophobia — the fear of public speaking. However, being able to speak in front of people without stuttering or panicking is a valuable skill almost everywhere. Since acting is all about talking and performing in front of an audience, an acting degree is a great way to build skills that can directly translate to public speaking and help you overcome any anxiety about presenting yourself in a diverse variety of professional settings.

If you can learn to speak clearly in front of people, including delivering moving monologues, then giving a convincing speech or leading a meeting elsewhere will be no problem.

  1. Learn how to listen.

The ability to respond based off of what we hear, as opposed to how we feel or what we were thinking while others were speaking, is a skill worth improving. In acting classes you are taught to pay attention in order to perform on cue, improvise a line if someone messes up, etc. Acting is all about listening, timing, and responding to others, which means those who don’t listen will fail to deliver a moving, believable performance.

An acting degree or conservatory program will leave you with refined communication skills that are important for finding success in showbiz, other careers, and even in your relationship with friends and loved ones.

  1. Building strong friendships.

Speaking of relationships, a great way to form bonds with people is by working together on something you all share a passion for. Even if you don’t become bffs with everyone in your acting classes, you’ll gain respect for each other and connect while learning in a dynamic and intensive educational environment. But more often than not, a long-lasting relationship is formed between students who worked toward a fun, challenging goal together.

Learning to act puts you in touch with your own inner humanity, which helps you build empathy and form connections with other humans. Never a bad thing!

No matter where you find yourself in life, your level of happiness will probably be much higher if you learn to form friendships with other employees and bosses. Learning to build character relationships while playing roles with varying viewpoints can also help make you a more empathetic and understanding person. Ready to learn more about acting? Check out our acting degree and acting conservatory programs!

 

The Value of an Acting Degree: Preparing for the Modern World

Though the art of acting dates to the Ancient Greeks, Acting for Film is a far newer discipline and few schools provide specialized training that prioritizes acting for the camera. Renowned for its subtlety and power, screen acting requires a set of very fine tools that range from relaxation and breath work, to skills in public speaking, prioritizing information, collaborating with a team of artists, developing the body and voice as an instrument for communication, expansion of empathy, and precise text analysis.

Whether you hope to specialize in TV, film, stage or another discipline that requires public performance — from corporate speeches to sales — here are the key benefits you stand to get from attending the New York Film Academy’s acting programs for your acting degree or certificate.

1. The Art of Being You

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Actors in the 21st century are more than practitioners, they must represent a unique brand that knows what it has to offer and brings that to the table each and every time.

Identifying and growing the brand that represents your special set of strengths is the key to success in any industry and the personalized attention you receive in our programs for acting degrees or certificates can help you detect and foster techniques to help your public presence shine.

2. Global Networks

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NYFA draws artists from over 100 countries around the world representing a powerful diaspora of culture, identity, and experience. With campuses and faculty worldwide, our community is our power — and the relationships that form across cultures and disciplines at NYFA are rated a top experience for the students who attend our programs. Acting degree and certificate program students work closely with classmates and faculty and are given access to reach out to the school at large making our community one of the most prolific available to students interested in the art of screen acting.

3. New Technologies

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In a world where technology is advancing at a stunning rate, the landscape for film and television can change on a dime (Netflix at the Emmys!). NYFA explores new technologies and new forms of entertainment to keep pace with a changing market and keep our students up to date on new technologies through partnerships with our Filmmaking, Game Design, and Animation departments, exposing acting degree and certificate students to new markets and new methods.

4. Access to Working Professionals

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Faculty at NYFA represent professionals active in their industry and provide students with up to date information regarding changes in casting, audition technique, and new media. With a focus on experiential learning as the hallmark of our curriculum, NYFA provides systematic training that has real world application.  

How have your acting for film studies changed your outlook? How have your on-camera acting skills helped you? Are you proud of your NYFA acting degree or certificate? Let us know in the comments below!