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Author: Amy Goldin

Amy Goldin is an independent performing arts college counselor at COPA, Inc.: College Options in the Performing Arts. Her background includes teaching, performing, composing, directing, and conducting. Amy holds degrees from NYU and Queens College/CUNY, the UCLA Certificate in College Admission Counseling, and memberships in NAfME, NYSSMA, NACAC, NYSACAC, and HECA. Amy co-leads the NACAC Performing Arts Special Interest Group and regularly hosts workshops in Careers and the Arts.

Posted May 10, 2018, 3:52 p.m. by Amy Goldin | View Comments
Woman walking several dogs on a leash in a beach town.

Doughnut shop cashier, waitress, ice cream scooper, calligrapher, messenger, carpenter. What do these have in common? They’re all jobs that were held by world-famous performers before they became world famous. Jobs they held to pay for rent, food and life’s other expenses while trying to get the jobs they really wanted. Jobs with hours that gave them the freedom to attend a daily stream of auditions, callbacks, classes and lessons, while waiting to hear those precious words: “You got the part!” Those are probably the words you’re hoping to hear too, preferably over and over again. You’ve trained and auditioned ...