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Virtually any TAFE course you study could potentially
prepare you for a showbiz gig
You don't have to get into NIDA to make it to Hollywood – there are
plenty of courses available at TAFE NSW that can prepare you
well for work in the theatre, television and film industries. Here are
just a few options you might want to consider.
A class act
TAFE offers everything from workshops that teach techniques for
calming audition nerves to courses that show you how to perform a
Shakespearean monologue in iambic pentameter. You might even be able
to find a class that will teach you how to train your dog to behave
while doing film and TV work.
More interested in being behind the camera? No problem – TAFE NSW
offers a selection of courses that explain everything from how to
operate a film camera to video editing using programs such as Final
Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro CC in the Diploma
of Screen and Media.
Hair and makeup
Hair and makeup artists might not have the profile of some others
working in showbiz, but good ones are highly valued. They often get to
travel the world as part of the entourage of big-name actors, as well
as work on the sets of Hollywood blockbusters.
The skills taught in TAFE's standard hairdressing and makeup courses
offer a solid foundation for work in the theatre, television and film
industries. It's also possible to undertake specialist courses to
acquire skills such as applying special effects makeup in the Diploma
of Screen and Media (Specialist Makeup Services).
A good soundtrack can make or break a film, TV show or play. TAFE has
a number of music courses that can provide you with a skill set that
includes music theory and a working knowledge of the software programs
typically used in composition.
These are just a handful of the
TAFE courses available that can prepare you for a career in the
entertainment industry. Everyone from bookkeepers and caterers to IT
experts and public relations professionals are needed to produce
plays, TV shows and films, so virtually any TAFE course you study
could potentially prepare you for a showbiz gig.