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The Performance Kit

Perfect if you're studying: Drama, Dance, Music, Theatre

We’ve put together the perfect starter kit for all the performing arts students starting university this year. We also sit down with freelance presenter, Helen, as she talks us through her best tips and tricks to schooling your degree.

Here's what you need...

Apple MacBook Air

Stylish and powerful, the MacBook Air is perfect for any performing arts students. At just 1.29kg, you won’t have a bad back when you get to your audition! And when you’re watching your favourite musicals, they’ll look amazing on the Retina display.

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Wireless Speaker

A wireless speaker is a perfect addition for any student, especially for those with music and dance modules. Whether you’re in the studio or at home, a wireless speaker will let you rehearse on the go. And this model has a 12-hour battery life, so it won’t cut out halfway through your routine.

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Once you’ve seen the volume of theatre scripts, you might want to consider getting a Kindle! It means you won’t have to worry about keeping track of lots of papers, as you can store all your books on one smart device.

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If you want to watch a performance back without annoying your flatmates, you’ll need a decent set of headphones. This pair will come in handy for looking over your lines on-the-go, as they’ve got a long 9-hour battery life.

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The last thing you want is a security threat when you’ve got deadlines to hit. McAfee is super-efficient anti-virus software that offers total protection for PCs, Macs, Smartphones and Tablets. No matter what you’re studying, it’s important to keep your tech safe and secure from viruses.

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Meet Helen, Freelance Presenter

My name is Helen Longman and I’m a freelance presenter. I’ve worked for companies such as AO.com, Studio, Oxyfire media and I currently work for 49s.co.uk.

I studied performing arts at Salford University and graduated with a 2:1 BA HONS degree in 2007. My favourite modules were the ones in radio and presenting. These made me realise that presenting was the profession I wanted to pursue after graduation.

Helen's Tips...

Embrace the freedom. The freelance world can be tricky after university, as you’re not sure where you are one month to the next, but that’s also the exciting part!

Know that you can’t win them all. Rejection is part of the process of being an actor or presenter, so build up a thick skin. For every job you don’t get, there’s another with your name on it!

Start building contacts. You’ll eventually need an agent to represent you and having a foot in the door with reputable names will serve you well.

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