John Stevens of Talent INC Canada Claims Acting Classes Help Bullied Kids Gain The Confidence Needed To Deal With Aggressors
The owners of Talent INC Canada have been coaching both kids and teens in the arts for over 10 years. John Stevens and his partner Doug Sloan are now on a mission to empower the youth they work with. “The arts offer such a unique opportunity for young people to express themselves in a fun and safe environment,” says Stevens.
John explained further, "I think that acting, and more specifically the welcoming atmosphere at Talent INC Canada, allows for freedom of expression in a non-threatening environment. That is the first step to boosting the confidence of these kids and it is therapeutic. From there they deal with the feelings and intentions behind words and phrases of an aggressor through role play and can 'practice' rebuttals and tactics for putting these bullies in their place,"
Stevens feels that the most effective way to unlock a bullied child’s potential is through acting classes. Because acting essentially incorporates feelings and intentions of words and phrases, it creates an atmosphere where kids can engage in open conversations about how they feel when they are bullied. By engaging in these conversations and role playing, the kids start to comprehend what these bully characters are lacking emotionally and they can experience this through scene work.
Doug Sloan shares many success stories of students who have overcome bullying by building their confidence through acting, singing, dancing, and modeling. “These kids blossom through the training process. Next thing they know they have booked roles in feature films and TV. That creates confidence that aggressors find threatening.”
“It’s rewarding to know that the work we do is having a long term effect on these incredible young people. We have watched our students grow up with better public speaking skills, manners, and interview skills. It’s the best thing I have seen to develop confidence and overcome bullying,” Stevens goes on to say.
Now that the students at Talent INC Canada have learned how to communicate with their bullies, they have reported that a lot of their bullies have moved on to other targets. By having this education, the students are helping themselves, and they are more confident. With this confidence, they are able to share their knowledge with other kids who are being bullied. “The fact that these kids are not only navigating through their own issues but are also reaching out to others experiencing bullying speaks volumes,” explains Stevens.
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