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Posted July 19, 2018, 9 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
The Theatre School at DePaul University: Garrett Young

Garrett Young is studying acting at The Theatre School at DePaul University. I chose DePaul for so many reasons, but I’ll list a few of them: Chicago is hands down the greatest city to study theater, the artistic community here is rich and vibrant; seeing professors and alumni work on phenomenal shows inspires me. The conservatory training here is intense. I wanted a school that was going to push me miles outside of my habitual sweet spots, and my teachers don’t let me get away with any bull. 100 percent of admitted Theatre School students receive a scholarship, and that ...

Posted July 18, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
University of Arizona College of Fine Arts: Delphine Chang

Delphine Chang is studying dance at the University of Arizona College of Fine Arts. How did you discover your passion for dance? Dance plays a significant role in many cultures. I was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, surrounded and inspired by the city’s magnetic energy and vibrant culture. I was mesmerized by the dancing in traditional festivals, which ultimately spurred my love for this art form. What’s your favorite part about performing? I love how a performance can mean something different to everyone. The presence of ambiguity in many creations is what excites and inspires me. That said, I have always ...

Posted July 16, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Casey Jones studies visual art and graphic design at Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Casey Jones studies visual art and graphic design at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. How did you know you wanted to be an artist? I knew from a young age that I was the happiest with a sketchbook and pencil in hand. Outside of class, I would always be drawing and painting, to the point of receiving paint kits and sketchbooks for holiday presents instead of toys or games. I knew I wanted to pursue art as a career when I was in my first year of college at a university, studying something far from creative. During class I ...

Posted July 15, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Willord Simmons is a student in music education at DePaul University School of Music.

Willord Simmons is a student in music education at DePaul University School of Music. What first got you interested in music? Classical music was an immediate attraction of mine from a very young age. You could often find me mindlessly plucking at the keys of a piano. My parents had no musical skills, but enrolled me in piano lessons and helped foster what desires I naturally expressed. As time passed, I joined my school’s choir and band programs. My time in these programs encouraged and developed my vision for a career in music education. What do you like best about ...

Posted June 23, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Violet Englebert is a student at the University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse

Violet Englebert is studying musical theater at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. What made you decide to study musical theater? When I was a senior in high school I did not think that I would ever end up a musical theater major. I loved singing and I had been in every production at my school since sixth grade, but when I thought about what my future was going to look like, no matter how much I loved theater and the arts it just didn’t seem like a viable option for me. What attracted you to the University of Wisconsin ...

Posted June 18, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Kyra is a student at Norwich University School of the Arts

Kyra Vergho is studying games art and design at Norwich University of the Arts. How did you discover your passion for games design? You know those kids you see in Facebook videos? The ones who’ve drawn on the walls and are smeared with paint and marker because they were left alone for 10 minutes? I was that kid. I ended up in every art class my parents could find, hoping to keep my scribbles on paper instead of on the curtains. I’d never really thought of art as a career though until I started high school at Orange County School ...

Posted June 18, 2018, 4 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Emily Woods is a student at SUNY Cortland.

Emily Woods is a student in musical theater at SUNY Cortland. How did you know you wanted to be in the theater? I discovered my passion for musical theater when I was about 12 years old in my first production of “Peter Pan.” It was a high school show, but I auditioned and was the youngest person cast! Ever since then, I've been hooked. I was in a bunch of productions in high school and in the community, and I knew I wanted to do this with my life. When I was auditioning for colleges, I found SUNY Cortland, which ...

Posted June 17, 2018, 6 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Michael Sullin is a student at The Catholic University of America

Michael Sullin is studying drama and theater education at The Catholic University of America. How did you discover your passion for directing and teaching? My mother was a teacher and I grew up acting in children’s theater – both lead me to my career path. I am currently a drama major (B.A.) with a focus on directing and M.A. in theater Education Accelerated Degree. While the directing and teaching programs are separate, to me they are one in the same. I think you have to be a teacher in order to direct and vice versa. The art of presenting concepts ...

Posted June 17, 2018, 1 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Matthew Cubillos is a student at Texas Tech University.

Matthew Cubillos is studying acting at Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts at Texas Tech. How did you discover your passion for acting? I took a theater class during my sophomore year in high school, just hoping to have fun. A couple of weeks into the class, my theater teacher approached me and suggested that I try out for the lead in a play. I got the role. The theater bug had bitten me, and I knew I wanted to pursue a career in acting. What’s your favorite part about performing? I truly love the craft and process of ...

Posted June 16, 2018, 1 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Rose White, student at Columbus College of Art and Design

Rose White studies interior design at Columbus College of Art and Design. How did you discover your passion for interior design? When I was in high school I took IB Art junior and senior years and would go to the main library downtown every week. I was always in the art section and knew I wanted to do something in the arts. I remember one day I happened to go to an area I hadn't been to in a while where I found lots of new stuff. I came across the interior design section and, specifically, a book called “Brooklyn ...

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