12 Business Lessons I Learned From Being A Theater Kid

12 Business Lessons I Learned From Being A Theater Kid

Even though I'm not going to pursue acting as a career, I know I will use these skills for the rest of my life.


I was in the drama department at my high school for seven years, committing most of my time to plays, musicals, chorus, improv team, and everything in between. Throughout these experiences, I not only honed my acting and musical talents but also learned many practical concepts that have been instrumental in preparing me for college and the business world.

1. Fail gloriously, never timidly.

Whatever you do, do it confidently and don't be afraid to fail; most of the time people won't even notice if you mess up with confidence. No one is successful at everything they do, and owning your mistakes is a respectable quality. This goes the other way around as well; instead of judging others when they mess up, work together to make things better!

2. Less is more.

Both in the world of comedy and in day to day life, something more subtle can have a greater impact than something more dramatic. Speaking few but carefully chosen words can even make someone foolish seem wiser to those around them.

3. Early is on time, on time is late.

It is not enough to simply be "on time." Planning to arrive early is the only way to consistently prepare for the infinite variables and unexpected events liable to occur between two destinations, and it also gives you time to compose yourself and appear put together before any event.

4. Check it at the door.

In order to maintain professionalism, it is important to keep your personal and professional life separate, "checking your attitude at the door." This enables you to be more productive and keep focused on the task at hand.

5. Use your diaphragm.

When addressing a group of people, it is important to support your voice by breathing from your diaphragm, which allows you to sound powerful and be heard without having to scream.

6. Articulate and enunciate.

Another critical aspect of public speaking and conversing, in general, is adeptly using your articulators, the lips, the teeth, and the tip of the tongue, to express your ideas in a clear, intelligently sounding manner.

7. You may need to take the job that you don't really want.

You will likely have to take jobs that you don't necessarily love in order to get where you need to be. Working your way up the corporate latter or strategically positioning yourself during a merger can be useful stepping stones to get you to your dream job.

8. Help out whenever you can; it makes a difference.

People notice those who work hard, and it may be the difference which garners you a promotion instead of your other peers. And having a selfless, can-do attitude, in general, is a more fulfilling way of life, furthering not only the happiness of those around you but also yourself.

9. Be open to other's opinions.

Even if someone has an abrasive manner, do your best to strip away outside factors and humbly consider whether someone's points are logical, factual, and helpful. This concept applies to criticism as well; taking other's advice, regardless of the source if it is accurate, is a great way to further yourself as a person and worker.

10. Be prepared.

Sometimes the hardest part of getting something done is starting, but taking initiative to be well prepared can be a surprisingly rare quality and will help you stand out, positioning you better in the company as superiors take notice that you are able to take on more responsibility and may be ready for a higher role.

11. Put yourself into everything that you do.

A prerequisite for this one is to be confident in who you are so that you can then be fully invested in whatever you are doing. Be proud of your work, even if it doesn't seem important, and do a good job at everything you do, because your work is a reflection of who you are whether you intend it to be or not.

12. Present your best self even when you are not at work.

You never know when an opportunity or connection may present itself, and when it does you want to have your best foot forward. This doesn't mean wear a suit and tie to get the groceries, but don't go out without putting forth some effort into how you look. Also, be kind to everyone; someone seemingly unimportant may end up having influence over your life--you never know.

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Summer In College Is For More Than Just Working

No, you're never to hold to have fun in the summer.


There should never be an age where you stop having fun in the summer. The weather is nice, there are always things to do, and everyone is just naturally happier. So, regardless of whether you're 7 or 21, I'm talking to you.

During the year it can be hard to find a routine unless you are a very put together person. Sadly, I am not. Even when I tell myself I'm going to eat healthily, work out, and stop procrastinating, I usually don't follow through with that. At school, I find myself in somewhat of a constant catch-up mode. When I feel like I'm ahead on my homework or studying, that usually means I'm behind on being healthy in other aspects of my life. That is why I love summer. It's a chance to reset the clock for a second and catch your breath.

I get that having an internship or working is important for your post-graduation life, but having fun is important for your college years too. When you get a job in the real world, summer is going to look a lot different for you. That is why it's best to take advantage of the time now. This doesn't mean turning down that work experience, it means doing things other than just working.

First things first is finding a hobby you enjoy that you don't do at school. Pick it up for a little over the summer. Why not? For me, this is yoga. For whatever reason, I find myself too nervous to attend yoga classes at school. I have absolutely no reason to be anxious about doing something I like, but I am so I take the time to attend a few classes a week in the summer.

Secondly, try reading. Before you make that look of disgust on your face, think about the last time you read a book of your choosing. If it was recently, then kudos to you for managing your time well enough to do that. If you are not that person, then hello! I am talking to you. I am not a fan of reading because I usually associate it with homework. However, I find that when I have the time to browse the book section of a store for a few seconds, I find multiple books that jump out at me. During the summer I take the opportunity to read a little here and there. The nice part of leisure reading over school reading is that there's no deadline. You can read what you want when you want to.

Finally, learn something new. Again I usually associate learning with things that I am required to learn for my major. Learning something new that interests you is a different kind of rush. When I'm bored in class, I make bucket lists of little things I want to learn about. They can be big or small. One time I wanted to learn how to knit. Don't ask me why my 19-year-old self thought it would be sweet to sit on my porch in the summer knitting, but I did, and I'm kind of sad I didn't pursue that interest. When might I ever have time to learn how to knit again?

These might sound like quirky things to do, but you're young. Make a bucket list and try to cross one thing off each weekend. If you're like me, then you're a little scared of growing up. Scared you won't be able to accomplish all the things you want to. But, the fact of the matter is no one is going to make you accomplish them but you. So, take some initiative and do them. Summer is for more than just working; it's time to live a little and reset the clock.

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9 Movies And Shows To Watch If You Want To Start A Business

Not every success comes easy, some requires work, work, and more work.


1. "The Founder"

When it comes to creating an entirely new food industry model that would eventually reach billions worldwide, Ray Kroc is the man to model after. After coming across the Macdonalds brothers' restaurant, and seeing the never before "Fast Food Method" in play; Ray saw a vision that would change restaurants forever.

2. "There Will Be Blood"

Daniel Day-Lewis transforms himself in the turn of the 20th century oil tycoon Daniel Plainview.

3. "The Social Network"

Social media is no longer a place for uploading pictures and ranking your friends. Social media is now connected to billions of dollars and has a major hand in the news, entertainment, political elections, pretty much everything. And this social media revolution all started with Facebook. "The Social Network" tells the story of Mark Zuckerburg and how he began the development of something that would eventually become a household social tool.

4. "Moneyball"

The trait of seeing things differently seems to be an ongoing theme with these films. Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) merged business and sports, changing the face of baseball forever. As the general manager of the Oakland A's, Beane implemented analytics as a means to determine how talented players were. As a result, the A's won as many games in a single season as teams who were paying their players three times as much.

5. "The Big Short"

What do you do when you learn that the world financial markets are going to crash? In the case of certain stockbrokers in 2006, make loads of money by hustling the banking institutions - re: the housing market - that caused the crash in the first place. Since there is evidence that another crash is on the way, this film could prove to be very useful in the next few upcoming years. "The Big Short" stars Steve Carrell, Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, and Ryan Gosling.

6. "The Pursuit Of Happyness"

If you have studied business or own a business yourself, you know that there are ups and downs. The difference between a successful business and a failed business is how you deal with the downs. Do you fold under the pressure or rise to the occasion? Will Smith plays a struggling salesman and single father who manages to turn his life around.

7. "Narcos: Mexico"

There is nothing more difficult than creating something completely from scratch. It's even more difficult to convince partners to abide by one uniformed system. But Pablo Escobar, the biggest drug cartel leader of the 1980s, managed to do just that. Although I do not condone the manufacturing of drugs, I have to respect the ambition of his vision. All of the work put in, all of the adversity he and his team faced was overcome by their drive to succeed.

8. "Woodstock: 3 Days Of Peace And Music"

When your business venture becomes a financial disaster like the Woodstock festival became, what do you do? Sometimes, the experience that is created supersedes the money that was supposed to be made.

9. "Jobs"

Steve Jobs: at this point, nothing much more can really be said about him. His rises and falls are a representation of what happens to an individual who oversaw his vision until the end.

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