Educate yourself about your craft

18 May

Ummm let’s see you want to be a baseball player. Then name a few professional baseball players.

You want to be an actor or an actress, name a few past actors, name some movies that have made a mark on the industry that you want to be in.

You want to be a professional dancer. Name a few choreographers in the industry, and not the ones in your neighbourhood, name a few professional and underground dancers.

 Don’t know…then the perfect time to start knowing is now.

 Education is never a bad thing…and it’s not just for school.

It’s easy to just want to do the things we love to do and not study them. But really how far is that going to get you…think about it. There’s a world that’s bigger than your neighbourhood, and your country, open your mind and find out what’s out there, I don’t think you have to know everyone who has been in your field or know of every significant point.

But I honestly think being educated about your craft makes you much more aware. We now have You Tube, Google, My Space, Twitter, Face book and many more, with so many social sites to visit and search engines, finding out about someone is becoming increasingly easy. Not all information is easy to find. I know for me when I’m researching a particular choreography or dancer I usually find out about all that they have done, and who they have done it with…its hard to get the information about there early beginnings. How they started, there trials, the first paid and non paid gigs they got. I don’t research this to be nosy, I research this so that I could learn about the dance industry, how it was then and how it is now, and I apply some of the techniques and skills that they suggest. Sometimes the information is almost never there so I ask questions some people answer and some don’t…the point is learn about your craft, study those who have come before you, when you respect the hard work and dedication many have put into the craft that you have chosen, it opens you up, your not just someone wanting to do be part of something your now making the conscious effort to know and to understand your industry.  Many people have paved the way so that we are able to do what we do, it doesn’t hurt to find out who they are, and what the challenges are that they have faced, how they overcame them…study the tools that they used…study them, just by watching them.

At the same time you don’t have to if you don’t want to…but it makes a difference when you do. It says that you respect your craft, you respect those who have contributed to making the craft what it is…and it shows that you’re passionate about what you do and that you’re a student for life.

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