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When my daughter was five years old, all she ever wanted to do was sing, dance and act. She was my little Ariel and Melody, Mulan and Jasmine. I guess most little children love to role-play. Practically every little girl I know loves to play-act and wants Daniel Padilla to be her leading man (I frankly can’t understand why these little girls like him!).
A friend of mine went into panic mode when her daughter announced that she wanted to be in theater. She wanted to talk her out of it. Later, she realized that her daughter loves to really act. It was her passion, that “something” that made her eyes light up. She later enrolled in a summer theatre class similar to Walnut Creek children’s theatre. She is now in her twenties, and her transformation was amazing. Acting built her self-esteem and confidence and her mom swore her daughter has developed independence, responsibility and amazing listening skills.
As my friend’s daughter made the journey to becoming a theater actress, she learned that:
Being in theater builds self-confidence.
Before joining the theater, she was an introvert with issues like everyone is prettier and can act better and that she will mess things up. Being trained by mentors with qualities like that of Barrett Lindsay-Steiner made her come out of her shell and made her work hard to master her craft.
Being in theater made her learn to improvise and think on her feet.
Stage shows are always live. They are not taped like those television shows which means that things like forgetting your line, props that will malfunction and a missing costume can happen. Encountering these made her keep her cool, making her make the best of what she had. She learned to focus, making the audience believe that everything is fine.
Being in theater made her learn the value of hard work.
Working in theater does not mean you will have personal assistants to do your hair and face, fix a wardrobe malfunction or design props for the show. Helping in preparing to make the stage and the play perfect made her value cooperating and hard work in achieving anything she wants.