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Noted: How Going To Live Theater Makes You Professional At Work from LifeHack

May 30th, 2014

How Going To Live Theater Makes You Professional At Work from LifeHack

With my theater background, and the fact that I write this career column, the title of this article immediately attracted my attention. It echoes some of my own thoughts very closely and reinforces what I have been telling my son recently about the importance of theater in his life and career. 

Theater

If you and I were friends and I said to you, “Let’s go see a play,” your first reaction would probably be, “Bwahaha! Man, you’re a crackup!”

I get it. In the digital era, with movies on our phones and DVRs and Netflix, few of us can be bothered even to watch a TV show when the network wants us to. So the idea of driving to a theater, waiting in our seats until the curtain goes up… just to watch live actors standing in front of a hand-built set? No thanks.

But that’s too bad. Because as I learned attending maybe 100 such little plays in Los Angeles in my early 20s, going to these performances can teach you a great deal about how to be a professional. Here are a few of the lessons I’ve learned.

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