The question on the table is whether we should downplay our theater experience when interviewing for non-industry jobs.
One of the commenters referred to this article, written by actor and drama professor Louis E. Catron (1932-2010), pictured at right. It outlines 25 Special Advantages that Theater Majors can bring to a job. And I think that in many ways he’s hit the bullseye, especially when referring to those positions that are less knowledge based (medicine, law, dance, opera) and those which are trait-based (i.e. the employer’s looking for someone with a variety of desirable characteristics).
While the list is obviously geared towards students, I find several good parallels.
My question for you – do you tell people about your arts background, or do you let it emerge? Do you find it an asset or a liability?