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Category: Performing & Visual Arts

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, 5 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Gabe Gallucci, graduate of The Blackbird Academy

Gabe Gallucci is a recent graduate of Blackbird Academy. After graduating from The Blackbird Academy in 2016, I was able to immediately translate what I learned into the work I do with artists everyday. I've been privileged enough to have surpassed 1 billion streams to my credits, with multiple Billboard No. 1's, Platinum and Gold records. The education you receive at The Blackbird Academy 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 everyday. My time at ...

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 ...

Posted June 16, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Seton Hill University student Halie Torris

Halie Torris is an art-graphic design major at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pa. How did you discover your passion for art/graphic design? I discovered my passion for art when I was growing up. I don’t want to sound like a cliché, but I’d always doodle in class and I’d find myself drawing in my free time. I began painting and taking art classes in middle school and it wasn’t until high school that I started taking it seriously. My interest in design began when I explored the digital side and how I could apply my creativity there. What’s your ...

Posted June 15, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Dennis Rendleman, student at University of Indiana Jacobs School of Music

Dennis Rendleman is majoring in in flute performance, music education, and musical theater at Indiana University's Jacob School of Music. How did you discover your passion for music? I started playing the flute in fourth grade, and I vividly remember how my arms weren’t long enough to hold it comfortably. My brother had played flute, so I thought I’d give it a try. Well, it’s almost 11 years later, and my love for music has only expanded. A big factor in this musical growth is attending the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. I get to wake up and fill ...

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 ...

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