What advice would you give to young and upcoming theatre performers who are trying to break into the industry?<br><br>Nadim&nbsp;Naaman:&nbsp;I think I would give three pieces of advice to those who wish to become performers.<br><br>1. Take your time. In this day and age, with reality TV castings and talent shows in particular, people often feel they are ready for everything. In truth, you can’t beat education, training and life-experience to ensure longevity in the industry. This is relevant as a singer, because just a few years of singing with a poor technique might cut your career short, no matter how brilliant the sound may be today, but this is more relevant as an actor. No matter how talented you might be, there is no substitute for life and life-experience in terms of helping you convey emotions of a character and words. Even the difference between an 18 year old and a 21 year old is vast, in terms of what they have been through in life, and how this can help them convince an audience they are believable within a role.<br><br>2. This one is hard, but try your hardest to develop a thick skin. Ours is a business where everyone has an opinion, and getting a job or a decent review generally boils down to one person’s point of view. Your playing age, your height, your size, the size of someone they’ve already cast… these are all things that are as important when auditioning for a role as your ability. Similarly, if someone writes a bad review of your show or specifically your performance, remember it is one person’s opinion. Often, the most successful shows are the ones slated by the press, and the ones that get five stars close a few months later. If you receive a knock, allow yourself a day or two to get it out of your system, but then move on. Onwards and upwards.<br><br>3. Have something else in your life. Use your skills to develop an enterprise that is not related to performing – in my case it’s teaching, for others it may be baking, massage/physiotherapy, personal training, temping, modelling, journalism… By having a secondary outlet, you ensure that you can keep yourself busy during the months between shows, and crucially, earn yourself a comfortable living. Doctors don’t go home and discuss surgery at the dinner table, so remember that switching off from performing and theatre is essential too. Allowing yourself a break from it all means going into work more invigorated and fresh. No matter how much you love it all, if its your profession it must be treated as a profession – it’s not healthy for anyone to live and breathe their profession 24 hours a day. I never tire of hearing soundtracks that I love, but if I’ve just done a two show day, I’ll probably not listen to a musical on the way home!