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Category: Performing & Visual Arts

Posted March 12, 2019, 8 a.m. by Laurie Higgins | View Comments
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For students who want to major in the visual or performing arts, there are three choices: a music or art conservatory; a university or liberal arts college with a strong arts department; or a university with its own conservatory. Each option offers something slightly different, so it’s important to know your goals before you decide. “It really comes down to how serious you are about your craft,” said Abby Siegel, a college counselor based in New York City. “If this is something that you really want to pursue as your career, and you’re not interested in liberal arts and the ...

Posted Jan. 22, 2019, 8 a.m. by Chanté Griffin | View Comments
Young female singer on the stage with microphone.

The common advice typically doled out to aspiring artists and performers is: “Make sure you have a Plan B.” That advice is stale and outdated, like renting movies from Blockbuster Video. (Not sure what Blockbuster is? Well, I’ve proven my point.) More apropos advice is: “Make sure your Plan A is detailed.” A lot of performing and visual artists know they want to “create art for a living.” They know they want to be in the movies, or showcase their work in galleries, or sing on Broadway, but many young artists don’t have a detailed plan for how that will ...

Posted Dec. 3, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts - Henry Crater

Henry Crater spent part of his summer at French Woods performing arts camp in Hancock, New York. Why did you choose to participate in a summer program? The point in my life when I chose to go to French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts was the point in my life when I started thinking about theater as something serious, a professional career rather than just a hobby. I was 13 years old, in seventh grade. I had done mostly community theater shows and a few professional shows at a local regional theater, Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. My love for ...

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 Oct. 23, 2018, 8 a.m. by Chanté Griffin | View Comments
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As the parent of a young artist, you’ve invested time, money and energy into your teen’s artistic career. You’ve paid for lessons, attended competitions and lavished your child with praise. But have you prepared your performing or visual arts student for financial success, besides advising on a Plan B? If you want to help your teen build a strong financial future that supports a career in the arts, follow these four tips. ● Help your child undestand the financial realities of any chosen field. Any teen who aspires to become a professional artist must understand the financial nuts and bolts ...

Posted Oct. 19, 2018, 5 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama: Jessica Mullen

Jessica Mullen studies Writing for Performanace at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. How did you discover your passion for drama, applied theater and writing? I discovered my passion for drama when I was very young, performing in school plays and singing songs from “Les Mis” all over the house. I went to a very traditional high school in Boston at first and, while I was there, a new high school for the visual and performing arts opened. I transferred there that year, and was encouraged to write in every class. My theater teacher (from England, coincidentally) often ...

Posted Oct. 19, 2018, 2:10 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Paige Gerhard studied visual arts at Southern Oregon University.

Paige Gerhard studied visual arts at Southern Oregon University. How did you discover your passion for the visual arts? I wanted to enhance my GPA before graduating from high school so I decided to take a lot of art classes. Not only was it a blast, but it also lead me to realize a hidden interest. After visiting the CVA (Center for the Visual Arts) Galleries on the Southern Oregon University campus and reflecting upon my high school memories, I instantly knew that I belonged in the community of visual arts. What’s your favorite part about performing/creating? My favorite part ...

Posted Oct. 19, 2018, 2:10 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Paige Gerhard studied visual arts at Southern Oregon University.

True Anderson studies art therapy at Alverno College in Milwaukee, WI. How did you discover your passion for the visual arts and art therapy? When I was young, I had a natural attraction to drawing. I started drawing as a hobby and discovered qualities and passions about myself through art. What’s your favorite part about art and art therapy? Art became personal – it helped me to express myself. My quiet thoughts materialized in my works, and my art became a language to me. I opened myself up to other art forms and experiences, such as glass blowing, pottery, blacksmithing, ...

Posted Sept. 25, 2018, 8 a.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
Young woman singing with a rock band

It’s hard work being a high school student interested in the arts. It takes a lot of energy to be creative. Then, there’s the discipline of portfolios or recitals or auditions, or posting to your YouTube channel. Applying to college becomes one more stressor on the pile. It’s a lot to manage. TeenLife Media and the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) can help. The 2018 Guide to Performing and Visual Arts Colleges is a comprehensive guide for finding and applying to college arts programs, whether it’s dance or sound engineering; musical comedy or animation; fashion design or sculpture. ...

Posted Aug. 28, 2018, 11:52 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
The Young Americans College of Performing Arts: Jonah Buckels

Jonah Buckels studies voice at The Young Americans College of Performing Arts in Corona, CA. How did you discover your passion for performing? I grew up a "performer.” At every family event when I was young, my siblings, cousins and I would usually put on little performance for our parents and grandparents. Performing always meant family to me as I moved on to theater in junior high and high school. But it wasn't until my junior year when I found my passion for the arts. I was an avid baseball player and theater was always No. 2. But when my ...

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