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Category: Finding Your Passion

Posted June 25, 2019, 8:54 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Music Savannah Schaumburg

Savannah Schaumburg studied music at University of Pugent Sound. How did you discover your passion for music and your instrument? I don't recall one specific moment where I discovered my passion for music, but I believe that several meaningful performances shared with great friends and mentors led to this discovery. Experiencing the joys of playing and collaborating in an ensemble to create something beautiful revealed my passion for music. What's your favorite part about performing? When performing in an ensemble, there are moments when the conductor and the players seem to forget everything that is happening that is not the ...

Posted June 13, 2019, 9 a.m. by Jasmine Heyward | View Comments
Studying the law

This post is part of our new series, in which students and young adults tell their own stories of discovering, nurturing, and pursuing their passions. By my third semester as a journalism major at Northeastern University, I was pretty sure I wouldn’t end up working in the field. It was my third shot at deciding what I wanted to do with my life, and at first, it seemed like the right path. I had decided on a journalism major because I wanted to change the world with my writing. In my introductory courses, I wrote long pieces on student mental ...

Posted June 6, 2019, 9 a.m. by Stephanie Barron | View Comments
Writing hands

This post is part of our new series, in which students and young adults tell their own stories of discovering, nurturing, and pursuing their passions. My English lesson at my all-girls school in London was the highlight of my day. While everyone else trudged up the five flights of stairs to classroom, Tilly and I strode, our heavily-annotated copies of Shakespeare’s Othello under our arms. While the teacher presented essay plans for us to use on the national exams we would take at the end of the year, Tilly and I would write notes in the margins of each other’s ...

Posted May 30, 2019, 9 a.m. by Grace Douvos | View Comments
Teaching at City Year

This post is part of our new series, in which students and young adults tell their own stories of discovering, nurturing, and pursuing their passions. When I began applying to colleges, the main question in my head was: “How will this college help me change the world?” My passion for social change began when I was 13 years old and moved across the country to go to boarding school in Massachusetts. I was still discovering my passions and figured that the best way to find things I liked to do would be to try new things. During my first winter ...

Posted Nov. 15, 2018, 8 a.m. by Adam Villone | View Comments
Teen filming skateboarder doing a kickflip on a halfpipe.

Thinking about a job in video or film production, but not sure what career options are open to you? Well, here’s a short exercise that might help you answer that question. Make a list of every type of motion imagery you saw, on any screen, device or visual display, live or recorded, from the time you awoke yesterday morning to the time you went to sleep last night. Start with the devices, then add categories and what you watched. Include everything you can remember – from your smartphone to the movie theater and everything in between (gas pump video, electronic ...

Posted Feb. 6, 2018, 8 a.m. by Bill O'Neill | View Comments
How Actors Can Find Their Roles in Voiceover

What do “Finding Nemo” and a radio ad for a small-town pizza parlor have in common? Both rely on the vocal talents of people you probably never see. Big-budget animated movies provide high-paying speaking roles for movie stars, but you don’t need to be famous to find performing arts opportunities in voice-over. For example, while some audiobooks are read by celebrities like Claire Danes, who narrated Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” most are read by people like Elizabeth Wiley, associate professor of theater at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. (She was named a finalist in the Audie ...

Posted Nov. 14, 2016, 9 a.m. by Bill O'Neill | View Comments
The Pro’s Checklist to Be a Hit in the Music Business

Darryl Purpose’s life in music has taken him around the world, including to a Moscow stadium where he shared a stage with Santana and Bonnie Raitt, but there have been plenty of ups and downs along the way. “It’s really hard to have a career in the arts,” he says. “You have to have talent. You have to persevere. You have to have a little luck.” Purpose, whose latest CD hit No. 1 on The Roots Music Report’s chart for contemporary folk albums, enjoys offering advice to young musicians. The main thing teens interested in music need to remember, he ...

Posted May 26, 2016, 10:38 a.m. by Shaun Royer | View Comments
7 Things To Consider Before Getting into the Acting & Music “Biz”

Are you the life of the party? Always singing? Do you watch “The Voice” or “America’s Got Talent” and say, “I can do that!” Have you considered going to auditions? Helping young people achieve their goals has been my dream job for over 20 years. It’s my business and I love it. I’ve watched thousands of talented artists make it to the big screen, on the air and even to prestigious universities. You may know some: Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Selena Gomez. What makes me proud is how they handle their success: with gratitude and humility. That said, now I’m ...

Posted May 3, 2014, 11 a.m. by Evan Berkowitz | View Comments
Political Conscience

I registered to vote today; I got the sticker and everything. The League of Women Voters was outside the cafeteria registering Seniors, and I was more than happy to take part. Those of you who read my blog regularly already know my views on the Right to Vote, but I thought I’d take this opportunity to talk about the other side of voting: politics. Politics Last time around in the blog, I spoke about social conscience, and while political conscience comes from a similar place in one’s system of values and actions, it is slightly different, and it is even ...

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