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Category: Performing & Visual Arts

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
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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 ...

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