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Category: Finding Your Passion

Posted Aug. 18, 2019, 8:29 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Music Kelly Moneymaker

Kelly Moneymaker studied the arts at The College of Creative Arts at Massey University. How did you discover your passion? When I was two years old, I told my dad I wanted to be a singer. I started singing, then writing, then producing, then making my own videos, which led me to this degree. I wanted to be better at making videos and I've discovered newfound passions–filmmaking and sound design. What’s your favorite part about creating? I don't have a favorite part of creating. I love conceptualizing, exploring, refining, finishing then watching people's reactions. My favorite part of performing is ...

Posted Aug. 18, 2019, 8:13 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Music Madison Spahn

Madison Spahn studied voice at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. How did you discover your passion for the vocal arts? I’ve been singing since before I could speak in complete sentences and performing on stage since my first production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at age four. For me, music is as natural as breathing (if not quite as easy). Even when I wasn’t sure whether I would pursue a career in music, I knew that it was too important to not be part of my life. What is your favorite thing about performing? For me, the best part ...

Posted Aug. 18, 2019, 7:50 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Languages Leanne Tyme

Leanne Tyme studied Spanish and French with CESA Languages Abroad. Why did you choose to participate in a gap year program? I wanted to have a gap year in which I could both learn and enjoy myself at the same time. As I will be studying French at university, I wanted a course that would allow me to improve my language skills and give me some time to do some exploring outside of classes. How did you decide which gap year programne was right for you? First I had to decide what I wanted to get out of my gap ...

Posted Aug. 10, 2019, 2:49 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Dance Stephanie Giuliani

Stephanie Giuliani studied dance at Drexel University. How did you discover your passion for singing? My connection to dance started at the age of six when I began going to the Minnesota Ballet School and spent the next 12 years of my life dedicated to ballet technique. Why did you pick this particular college program? After high school, I chose Drexel University for its dance program which combined my interests in physical therapy with my passion for dance. What has been your favorite part of this college program? Coming from a classical ballet background, other techniques like modern, jazz, African ...

Posted Aug. 10, 2019, 2:39 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Music Austin Nikirk

Austin Nikirk studied music at Gettysburg College. How did you discover your passion for singing? When my parents put me in a children’s choir at age six, I was convinced they were trying to squash my talent. “I don’t want someone else to tell me how to do it!” I remember screaming on the way to the first rehearsal, sobbing in the car. Through the next twelve or so years of my life though, I found my passion for performing through letting someone else tell me how to do it. What’s your favorite part about performing? I love standing in ...

Posted July 30, 2019, 9:29 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Fine Art  Rachel Berkowitz

Rachel Berkowitz studied the arts at Northeastern University. How did you discover your passion for the arts? Growing up, I had never considered myself artistic in the traditional sense of drawing and painting, but I had always admired artists and wished that I could find a creative outlet of my own. I finally found that outlet in photography in the seventh grade, when I borrowed my mom’s camera on a whim to take photos for a contest at school. I love how photography allows me to find beauty in ordinary situations and change the perspective in which others see the ...

Posted July 25, 2019, 4:24 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Music Emma Cathy Smith

Emma Cathy Smith studied communications and music at Stevenson University. Why did you pick this particular college? Stevenson University has taken my experience a step further by allowing me to try something new. I met with Stevenson’s Director of Music, Mark Lortz, and decided to learn a brand new instrument—baritone—despite never playing a brass instrument before. There aren’t many college-level music departments that allow you to come in and work your way up, but Stevenson has encouraged me to grow throughout my entire experience. Through personalized lessons and the ability to grow with such a diverse group of people, I ...

Posted July 25, 2019, 4:08 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Music Julie Landes

Julie Landes studied music at Pacific Lutheran University. How did you discover your passion for music? My passion for music began when I started piano lessons in kindergarten. As a child who loved music, I was prompted to join the elementary choir. However, though I had brief stints in choral ensembles, it wasn’t until my sophomore year of high school that I really fell in love with the art of singing. My high school had recently gotten a new choral director, and she inspired us all to work hard and sing with great technique. I was motivated not only to ...

Posted July 10, 2019, 10:26 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Drama Maria Heitmann

Maria Heitmann studied drama at The Catholic University of America. How did you discover your passion for drama and musical theatre? My parents are the reason I am passionate for theatre as a whole. They practically raised me on Broadway and the first movies I watched were musicals. I’m grateful for them, their support, and their push for me to have such a wonderful thing in my life every day. What’s your favorite part about performing? My favorite thing about performing has to be the complete escape from reality, both for the performers and viewers. In no other business can ...

Posted July 10, 2019, 10:19 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Music Keegan Brush

Keegan Brush studied music at The Catholic University of America. How did you discover your passion for music education and choral studies? Growing up, I have always been involved with music in and outside of school, but my passion for music education and choral studies began in high school. I knew I wanted to go into education because I enjoyed tutoring my fellow classmates, but was conflicted about what I wanted to teach. My favorite subjects were math and music but I was much more passionate about music. When I approached my high school choral director about going into music ...

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