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Posted May 22, 2019, 12:32 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Music Business Nico Ruggieri

Nico Ruggieri studied music business and entrepreneurship at Berklee College of Music. How did you discover your passion for music? My father was a local band director who shared instruments, CDs, and technology with my sister and I. We danced and sang to old marching band videos, sometimes playing along with instruments. I spent time after school in different ensembles or helping my father with work, which told me I should be pursuing a career in music. Why did you pick Berklee College of Music? Berklee College of Music is like a candy store. I couldn’t find another college that ...

Posted May 22, 2019, 12:25 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Music Lea Washington

Lea Washington studied music at Berklee College of Music. How did you discover your passion for Music? My first exposure to playing an instrument came from watching my cousin play the piano for our family’s church services. He taught me how to play “Mary Had a Little Lamb” and I was hooked! I asked my parents to get me an electric guitar on display at our local supermarket. I received the guitar for my 10th birthday and still have it. That was when I realized I couldn’t live without playing as many instruments as I could get my hands on! ...

Posted May 22, 2019, 12:14 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Music Gabe Gallucci

Gabe Gallucci studied audio at The Blackbird Academy. What has been your favorite part of this college? The education you receive prepares you for every situation that gets thrown at you in the "real-world," and the hands-on nature of it allows you to learn in studios from mentors who make serious records every day. My time at The Blackbird Academy was the perfect foundation for me to solidify my skills so I can deliver the best results for the artists I work with. Attending The Blackbird Academy is something I would recommend to anyone who wants to make audio their ...

Posted May 22, 2019, 12:07 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Music Jordan Langehennig

Jordan Langehennig is studying Music and English at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. How did you discover your passion for music? I am a professional multi-instrumentalist, and my primary instrument is the great highland bagpipes. Here at Texas Tech, I play oboe, harp, accordion, Irish whistles, shawm, clarinet, banjo, and a variety of world bagpipes from Scotland to Bulgaria. My fervor for the folksy started early in my life. I was born into a musical family and became infatuated by the great highland bagpipe as a toddler after seeing it on TV. While I did not grow up around ...

Posted May 22, 2019, noon by TeenLife | View Comments
Industrial Design Alec Gillinder and Quinn King

Alec Gillinder and Quinn King are studying Industrial and Interaction Design at Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. How did you discover your passion for design? Our passion for product design surfaced after we both spent a year at Syracuse University and were exposed to engineering, architecture, and the arts. There is a perfect blend of design and problem solving in industrial and interaction design that satisfies our creative spirit. What is your favorite part about design? Getting to see our solution/product help people and be implemented in their day-to-day lives. It is extremely satisfying to be able ...

Posted May 22, 2019, 11:53 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Fashion Merchandising Claire Cisco

Claire Cisco studied fashion merchandising at Wayne State University. How did you discover your passion for fashion merchandising? I have always loved fashion and styling; however, I knew I did not want to be a fashion designer, so it was tricky to figure out what I could do in fashion. When I was looking into colleges, I saw fashion merchandising as an option at Wayne State, and I knew that was meant for me. I am a very creative person, but I also enjoy analytics, analyzing data, and the "why" behind something to connect the dots and create a story. ...

Posted May 22, 2019, 11:48 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Industrial Design Mariah Zambuto

Mariah Zambuto studied industrial design at Columbus College of Art & Design. How did you discover your passion for design? Mariah Zambuto loves a good challenge. When she was 16, Zambuto went on a month-long volunteer trip to Ghana. She and other teens helped construct a women’s empowerment center and also taught fourth-grade students. “It completely changed my view. When I came back, I thought, ‘I have to do something with my art that’s going to dosomething.’ Not just, like, hang and make a statement, but create change in action,” Zambuto said. The Omaha, Nebraska, native went through the academically ...

Posted May 22, 2019, 11:40 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Film and Media Arts Mohit Kulkarni

Mohit Kulkarni is studying filmmaking and media arts at Cleavland State University. How did you discover your passion for filmmaking? When I was young, my dad got me a phone with a camera for an educational trip to Shimla and Himachal Pradesh in India. I was 13 at the time and I loved taking pictures of random things like cows on the street, Indian markets and people waiting for the bus. The pictures were not great, but I started taking a lot of them and I moved to recording things and people. I always wanted to talk to new people ...

Posted May 22, 2019, 11:31 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Theatre Gabriel Burdette

Gabriel Burdette studied theatre at the University Wisconsin – La Crosse. How did you discover your passion for theatre? As a kid my brother and I loved music and we loved to make home movies (which we directed, cast, and performed in). When we discovered that we could combine music and storytelling through musical theatre we jumped at the opportunity. Musical theatre was a way for my brother and I to bond (and get out of the house). What’s your favorite part about performing? My favorite part about performing is Storytelling. Easily. What’s the hardest part for you about performing? ...

Posted May 22, 2019, 11:24 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Theatre Dominique Francheschi

Dominique Francheschi studied theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. How did you discover your passion for theatre? I was always involved in the performance extracurricular activities growing up, but it wasn’t until senior year in high school that I was 100% sure. My school had double booked our theater for the regular senior musical dates, and the only dates available conflicted with the IB exams, so the teachers who were usually in charge of the production were busy prepping the AP projects. I was essentially told, “If you want to put on the show, you’re going to have ...

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