Top tip 4: Remember the backstage boys (and girls)

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Top tip 4: Remember the backstage boys (and girls)

No matter what your art form is, make sure you know about all the people who work behind the scenes who are making your job easier. Even if your art form is considered a 'behind the scenes' art, there is probably still someone further behind the scenes than you who is helping to make your job easier. The point is, there are many people who have jobs that often go unrecognised and occasionally unappreciated, sometimes even by those they are helping.

Your Arts Award is a great way to find out about the other jobs in your arts sector and how they relate to what you do. Take the time to familiarise yourself with these roles, and if you are part of a company, get to know the people who take on these roles. They probably aren't the sort of people who want to go onstage and take a bow, but that doesn't mean that they aren't there. It is important that you show them respect, even if others don't.

The same goes for art forms that don't manifest themselves onstage. For example, if you write for your school or university magazine or newspaper, take the time to find out what it is that the editors and designers do to take your piece and place it in a publication.

Sometimes, the best way to appreciate what your relevant 'behind the scenes' people do is to put yourself in their shoes. Use your Arts Award to explore their jobs. Do their jobs yourself. Volunteer to be a crew member on a show that you didn't get a part in, choreograph a dance that you won't be able to perform, edit other articles instead of writing your own. It doesn't matter whether you spend a day or a month doing the behind the scenes work, it will change the way you think of those people, permanently.


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Jo Nead

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I am a Hertfordshire based RADA graduate working in Stage Management. I like to knit, cook and travel and I can always be found in or talking about a theatre!

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