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Category: Performing & Visual Arts

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
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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 ...

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, ...

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