In the ever-growing files of the “He Said What…?” cabinet, it may (or may not) come as a surprise to you that I graduated from Baylor University (Sic Em’ Bears!) with a degree in Acting.
From the time I was old enough to successfully sneak into R-rated films, I had grown to admire actors like Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Robert Deniro and Sally Field – not only because of their intensity, but also because of their ability to truly make a character ‘breathe’ a certain sense of vulnerability and coolness at the same time.
So, when the opportunity came around for me to take an ‘acting for non-majors’ class, I jumped on it. Not fully grasping what great and fun things awaited me, I told myself that I’d stay the course with my degree plan and use this class to have some fun. And I did pretty well with this ‘plan’…for half a semester.
Now, you may think that this acting degree may not have done much for what I’m doing these days with public relations and social media. But I say, “Nay Nay!” There are TONS of things I am using (every day) that I got from my Shakespearian Acting class, Meisner Technique sessions, Movement courses, etc. More often than not, these principles and techniques come to use without me actually thinking about it.
It is with this in mind that I will begin to elaborate a bit more on how my actor training has made me a stronger public relations professional…next week. In a series of four posts, I will argue that (among other things) wearing tights in a mask characterization class helped me in more ways than one – in public relations and social media.
Tights…masks…classical theatre (spelled ‘re’)…post modern performance…it’s on!
Til’ then, I ask you to search out and consider what odd/unusual training or job has come to help you in your current career? What have you learned in you last gig that has helped you better understand social media?