You want to pursue musical theater, and you've picked a great time because there seems to be a resurgence of interest in this type of art, but you have to know how to get into this world. The following are a few tips to help you get through the door.

Take Lessons

The first thing you have to do is take your dance skills to the next level. Taking a few classes in your local dance studio is okay, but what you need is professional instruction from folks who know Broadway and know how to get you there. You'll want to find a good Broadway school and enlist. This doesn't mean you have to be in New York. Some of these schools offer instruction online, so all you need is reliable internet, a good camera, and your will. Read a few reviews before deciding which dance studio to join.

Record and Record

You need to record yourself as much as possible. You could use your phone, but it's best to use a camera that captures your performance well so that you can study it. This means you want a high-quality camera. The best way to learn is to see yourself so that you can pinpoint your weaknesses. Show these videos to professional dancers or your instructors as well to see if they can spot weaknesses you need to work on.

Have a Strong Portfolio

You must have a good portfolio of your work. For a long time, this meant having a resume of your past performances along with professionally captured images or videos. Things have gone a little beyond that in today's day and age. Yes, you still need a resume, pictures, and images, but you also need a healthy online presence. This goes beyond having social media accounts. You should also have a website showcasing your strongest performances that you can share with others during auditions.

Go to Auditions

Auditions are important if you want to get into musical theater. You are certainly going to face a lot of rejections, especially as you're starting, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't try. Any audition can be good, especially if your resume needs a little padding, so it's okay to try to join a musical production in your community, but try to branch out as much as possible. Branching out is not as difficult as it once was. There are big productions accepting auditions from folks on the internet, but you'll want to make sure your auditions videos are impeccable.

Expand Skills

Having more than one skill is vital when you're attempting to join this world. If dance is your forte, it's great to perfect this skill, but it's important to start adding other skills. You want to work on your voice, and you'll want to work on your acting abilities. You don't have to be perfect in these other art forms, but you should at least be decent because they'll make you more desirable whenever you go out for auditions. Don't start to lie though. Only say that you've got these skills when you feel you have a good grasp on them.

Mental Strength

The rejections, the pressure of each musical theater production, and life can all take a toll on you. As you're trying to enter the theater industry, you want to figure out a way to strengthen your mind to take all of this. A lot of folks don't prepare for this life and end up suffering mental breakdowns after hitting so many obstacles. There are several things you can try, from guided meditation to keeping a journal where you can write down your feelings to cope better. You could also find things that make you happy and do them often, especially after suffering a rejection to give your mind a chance to feel at peace. Be sure to spend time with family and friends as well.

You are reaching for a career in musical theater, which is brave, but you must want this. You may have some failures, but your heart will keep you going. Someone should discover your talent and passion at some point.

Author's Bio: 

Katie earned a BA in English from WWU and loves to write. She also adores hiking in redwood forests and photography. She feels happiest around a campfire surrounded by friends and family.