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Category: Performing & Visual Arts

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. Our 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 Sept. 7, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
University of Kentucky College of Engineering: Isabella Ritz

Isabella Ritz studies biomedical engineering at the University of Kentucky. What made you pick biomedical engineering? As I was exploring different career paths I could take with my materials engineering major, I realized biomaterials was an up and coming field so I thought by having a biomedical engineering minor I could create a unique profile for myself. Because biomedical engineering is so broad, almost any engineering discipline works with biomedical engineering. What do you like best about the University of Kentucky? You can pick the classes that tailor to your interests. And you can get six of your 18 hours ...

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 ...

Posted Aug. 28, 2018, 11:52 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
West Chester University: Blair Kidd

Blair Kidd is studying violin and music education at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. How did you discover your passion for music? I discovered my passion for music when I was in middle school. I realized how large of an impact music made on me personally. All things may be going wrong in my life, but when I walked into my music class, I forgot all about the negativity around me. That passion grew when I started to learn about music in a different light and find my own style. The different genres of music in particular is what sparked ...

Posted Aug. 28, 2018, 11:51 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Northeastern University: Vanessa Gregorhik

Vanessa Gregorhik is studying for a BFA in Graphic and Information Design at Northeastern University. What got you interested in graphic design? I’ve always been passionate about people and places. I grew up exploring with a notebook in one hand, a nonfiction read in the other. Sharing stories and communicating experiences were at the forefront of my interests, and throughout school that took form in journalism, art, and writing. It took until college for me to realize that the combination of those subjects was the heart of graphic design. What do you like about the College of Arts, Media and ...

Posted Aug. 23, 2018, 12:11 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Stevenson University: Stephen Schlegel

Stephen Schlegel is studying graphic design at Stevenson University in Owings Mills, MD. From an early age, Stephen Schlegel fell into the mindset of a creator, evolving from sloppy paintings to iPhone photography, and eventually to digital photography and graphic design. Stephen’s favorite part of the process is being able to physically hold something that was once only a vision in his mind, and see it through start to finish. Additionally, being able to witness people interact with his work and voice their opinions about it makes the process that much more satisfying. Although it isn’t always a bad thing, ...

Posted Aug. 23, 2018, 12:11 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
The University of Tampa: Lisa Marie Lebron

Lisa Marie Lebron studies voice and music education at the University of Tampa. What got you into music? I have loved music since I was little. When I was in middle school I joined the choir and then I got involved in musical theater during high school. What is it you like about performing? My favorite part of performing is seeing the joy in people’s faces. Getting a reaction out of the audience during the performance keeps my energy going, even through my seven-minute arias. What’s the hardest part about performing? The hardest part about performing is learning to trust ...

Posted Aug. 14, 2018, 8 a.m. by Chanté Griffin | View Comments
Icons of the top social media sites that can host content

In the age of YouTube stars, Snapchat stories and the Insta-famous, there is so much opportunity for artists to create their own content. Whether you’re into the performing or visual arts, adding “content creator” to your resumé expands your artistic practice from the privacy of your living room into the public sphere. Why content creation? Ryan Hayden, owner of the Los Angeles-based Ideal Talent Agency, says that content creation is key for artists who either lack industry connections or struggle to find success through the more traditional auditioning path. “Creating content is often the best method to getting noticed for ...

Posted Aug. 11, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Clayton Mathews studies opera at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

Clayton Mathews is studying opera at Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts. How did you discover your passion for opera? It is coming up on 10 years since I sang my first note. At that time, opera was never a field that I was ambitious about. The only thing that I knew about opera was hearing Elmer Fudd singing “Kill the Wabbit” about the cartoon character Bugs Bunny, and it turns out he’s singing Wagner. To this day I still don’t believe that this is the reality of my life. Being a baseball player for as long as ...

Posted Aug. 3, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Syracuse University School of Visual and Performing Art Sonia Richman

Sonia Richman is majoring in music education at Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. How did you discover your passion for music? I discovered my passion for playing flute through watching and listening to the Cleveland Orchestra as a child. Once I decided to play the flute, I fell in love with performing and took advantage of every incredible performing opportunity that came my way. It’s always such a rewarding experience. What’s your favorite part about performing? My favorite part about performing is the feeling of singing through my flute and playing my heart out. When I am ...

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