With over 1 billion active global users as of late 2021, it’s impossible to overlook how big TikTok has grown in just a handful of years. The reasons for the platform’s immense popularity are myriad – from the dopamine-inducing thrill of browsing its 15-second videos, to the fun of joining in on popular user trends and challenges.
Compared to other social media platforms, one unique driver of TikTok’s success is its ability to drive new trends in culture, music, and the performing arts. By encouraging and providing tools for users to create their own unique video content, TikTok has left an indelible impact on the arts scene as a way to both discover and display new and unique talents across the world.
Find out how TikTok can help your artistically talented child showcase their talents and skills to a global audience.
Broadening Exposure to Performing Arts from Around the World
TikTok has changed the way we can discover, interact, and draw new inspiration from performance artists worldwide.
Many professional music, dance, and acting schools and organisations post snippets of performances to the platform, including the American Ballet Theatre, the Society of London Theatre (West End Shows), and the Royal Opera House (UK). This has made it easier to watch internationally renowned performers from the comfort of home, and get inspiration for your own artistic endeavours too.
Whether your child is interested in taking singing classes, vocal training classes, drama classes, or musical theatre lessons, getting connected with these global artistic powerhouses is a great way to encourage their interest. Behind-the-scenes videos posted by these organisations also showcase the reality of being a professional artiste – an important side of the job that’s important for aspiring performers to take note of.
Providing a Global Stage for Young and Promising Talents
More importantly, TikTok has levelled the playing field for young and aspiring artistes who want to showcase their talents.
Compared to platforms like YouTube with a lengthy record-edit-upload process, TikTok has given artistically-inclined children and youth a space where they can try their hand at creating, producing, and promoting their work from the comfort of their smartphone. Visual filters, audio tracks, and video effects features also enhance existing videos, allowing users to upload unique and attention-grabbing creations with ease.
If your child is interested in showing off what they’ve learnt during their performing arts or drama classes, TikTok can be an easy way to help build up their portfolio. They might even have a chance of getting spotted by a talent recruiter or agent!
After all, many indie artists including GAYLE, Jack Harlow, and Loren Gray have seen their careers soar after going viral on the platform. Even big-time chart-toppers like Lil Nas X and Olivia Rodrigo have TikTok to thank for boosting their breakthrough singles and giving them a push to mainstream success.
However it is important to remember that TikTok is a social media platform that is accessible by anyone, so ensuring your child’s safety is paramount. TikTok’s Guardian’s Guide and Youth Portal provide helpful resources on how to help your child navigate the platform from the content they create to the messages or comments they are able to receive. Parents and guardians should also support TikTok usage with conversations about internet safety, trust, and digital footprints so that your child can stay safe.
Discover your Child’s Passion for the Arts
If your child loves singing or dancing to the latest TikTok tunes, it might be a sign that they have hidden talents waiting to emerge. Here at MindChamps Académie of Stars, we believe in the power of the performing arts to help boost your child’s confidence, nurture their innate skills and talents, and celebrate their unique personality. Who knows: your child might be the next triple threat TikTok superstar!
Book a visit to our centre to find out more about our performing arts classes and programmes.