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Category: Performing & Visual Arts

Posted May 22, 2019, 11:53 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Fashion Merchandising Claire Cisco

Claire Cisco studied fashion merchandising at Wayne State University. How did you discover your passion for fashion merchandising? I have always loved fashion and styling; however, I knew I did not want to be a fashion designer, so it was tricky to figure out what I could do in fashion. When I was looking into colleges, I saw fashion merchandising as an option at Wayne State, and I knew that was meant for me. I am a very creative person, but I also enjoy analytics, analyzing data, and the "why" behind something to connect the dots and create a story. ...

Posted May 22, 2019, 11:48 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Industrial Design Mariah Zambuto

Mariah Zambuto studied industrial design at Columbus College of Art & Design. How did you discover your passion for design? Mariah Zambuto loves a good challenge. When she was 16, Zambuto went on a month-long volunteer trip to Ghana. She and other teens helped construct a women’s empowerment center and also taught fourth-grade students. “It completely changed my view. When I came back, I thought, ‘I have to do something with my art that’s going to dosomething.’ Not just, like, hang and make a statement, but create change in action,” Zambuto said. The Omaha, Nebraska, native went through the academically ...

Posted May 22, 2019, 11:40 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Film and Media Arts Mohit Kulkarni

Mohit Kulkarni is studying filmmaking and media arts at Cleavland State University. How did you discover your passion for filmmaking? When I was young, my dad got me a phone with a camera for an educational trip to Shimla and Himachal Pradesh in India. I was 13 at the time and I loved taking pictures of random things like cows on the street, Indian markets and people waiting for the bus. The pictures were not great, but I started taking a lot of them and I moved to recording things and people. I always wanted to talk to new people ...

Posted May 22, 2019, 11:31 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Theatre Gabriel Burdette

Gabriel Burdette studied theatre at the University Wisconsin – La Crosse. How did you discover your passion for theatre? As a kid my brother and I loved music and we loved to make home movies (which we directed, cast, and performed in). When we discovered that we could combine music and storytelling through musical theatre we jumped at the opportunity. Musical theatre was a way for my brother and I to bond (and get out of the house). What’s your favorite part about performing? My favorite part about performing is Storytelling. Easily. What’s the hardest part for you about performing? ...

Posted May 22, 2019, 11:24 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Theatre Dominique Francheschi

Dominique Francheschi studied theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. How did you discover your passion for theatre? I was always involved in the performance extracurricular activities growing up, but it wasn’t until senior year in high school that I was 100% sure. My school had double booked our theater for the regular senior musical dates, and the only dates available conflicted with the IB exams, so the teachers who were usually in charge of the production were busy prepping the AP projects. I was essentially told, “If you want to put on the show, you’re going to have ...

Posted May 22, 2019, 11:16 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Theatre Rickey Orr

Rickey Orr is studying theatre at the University of Southern California's School of Dramatic Arts. How did you discover your passion for theatre? My mom is a theatre professor at Illinois State University. From a young age, I sat in on her classes and attended their mainstage productions. This sparked my interest and when I had my first opportunity to be in a show, The Wiz in fourth grade, I took it and fell in love with the art form. What’s your favorite part about performing? My favorite part about performing is when the final actor, the audience, arrives. Their ...

Posted May 22, 2019, 11:07 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Acting Ian Duff

Ian Duff spent time studying acting at Neighborhood Playhouse. How did you discover your passion for acting? The reason I became an actor is because there are a plethora of things that I need to say, and I simply do not have the words to say it. For as long as I can remember I have always been a person of extreme emotion and empathy, always trying to understand and identify with the motivations of someone else's actions. My first "aha" moment happened while watching the film Antoine Fisher. That movie impacted me on a level I had not anticipated. ...

Posted March 12, 2019, 8 a.m. by Laurie Higgins | View Comments
Hands on piano keys.

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 ...

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