I want to be a commercial dancer. I want to dance on TV and in movies, and I want to perform behind Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, and Justin Bieber. Any advice for making it happen?
You go girl! We love a dancer who knows what she wants and is ready to take action toward making her dreams literally come true. The commercial dance industry is no joke. Here are four things to keep in mind if you want to go for glam.
1. Consider getting an agent. An agent is well-versed in the audition scene and will be able to represent you so you’re not the one constantly scouring auditions or trying to make sure you’re always at the right place at the right time. An agent will be able to find potential job opportunities for you, and will get you access to auditions. In other words, your agent is your representative, your business partner, your brand manager, and your best friend.
2. Take acting lessons. Even if you don’t plan to actually act or talk onscreen, acting lessons are invaluable for anyone doing any kind of camera-related work. Not only will you learn how different behaviors and actions are perceived on camera, you’ll also learn body language tricks, visual cues, and other techniques that’ll give you a leg up on the competition.
3. Never stop taking dance classes. Not only will staying in the studio keep your technique in top shape, it’ll also help you continue improving your skills when it comes to picking up choreography — which casting teams and directors will want you to be able to do fast on set. Plus, taking master classes = great networking. Chat up the teacher, assistants, and fellow dancers, and never be afraid to ask for advice or get your name out there (without being too pushy or self-promotional, of course).
4. Remember that it’s not always about the talent. You may walk into an audition and will blow everyone away with your ridiculous flexibility, sky-high jumps, and superstar persona. But if you’re a short blue-eyed-blonde and the team needs a tall tattooed girl with a crew-cut? You’re not going to get the job. And that’s not personal, nor is it a reflection of your talent and hard work. It just means you weren’t what that team needed on that day, for that job.
It’ll take hard work, hustle, and probably some rejection on the way. But if this is your dream, keep at it. Even the most successful dancers (and models and actors and businesspeople) deal with rejection time and time again. Have a thick skin, and go forth with confidence. (And don’t forget us when you’re famous!)