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Category: Performing & Visual Arts

Posted June 16, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Seton Hill University student Halie Torris

Halie Torris is an art-graphic design major at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pa. How did you discover your passion for art/graphic design? I discovered my passion for art when I was growing up. I don’t want to sound like a cliché, but I’d always doodle in class and I’d find myself drawing in my free time. I began painting and taking art classes in middle school and it wasn’t until high school that I started taking it seriously. My interest in design began when I explored the digital side and how I could apply my creativity there. What’s your ...

Posted June 15, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Dennis Rendleman, student at University of Indiana Jacobs School of Music

Dennis Rendleman is majoring in in flute performance, music education, and musical theater at Indiana University's Jacob School of Music. How did you discover your passion for music? I started playing the flute in fourth grade, and I vividly remember how my arms weren’t long enough to hold it comfortably. My brother had played flute, so I thought I’d give it a try. Well, it’s almost 11 years later, and my love for music has only expanded. A big factor in this musical growth is attending the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. I get to wake up and fill ...

Posted May 10, 2018, 3:52 p.m. by Amy Goldin | View Comments
Woman walking several dogs on a leash in a beach town.

Doughnut shop cashier, waitress, ice cream scooper, calligrapher, messenger, carpenter. What do these have in common? They’re all jobs that were held by world-famous performers before they became world famous. Jobs they held to pay for rent, food and life’s other expenses while trying to get the jobs they really wanted. Jobs with hours that gave them the freedom to attend a daily stream of auditions, callbacks, classes and lessons, while waiting to hear those precious words: “You got the part!” Those are probably the words you’re hoping to hear too, preferably over and over again. You’ve trained and auditioned ...

Posted April 26, 2018, 8 a.m. by Barbra Weidlein | View Comments
Male sound engineer working on a sound board as part of his music career.

Although many musicians perform, most don’t rely only on performance to meet their financial and career needs. Making it in classical ensemble or musical theater, as a singer/songwriter, or with a band can be a slow and uneven journey – even when it works! And not every musician wants to perform. So what else can you do with your life if you really want to major in music? Here are some options. 1. Music Technology If you’re passionate about music and consider yourself a computer nerd, music technology may be a good fit. Many music schools offer majors in recording, ...

Posted Feb. 6, 2018, 8 a.m. by Bill O'Neill | View Comments
How Actors Can Find Their Roles in Voiceover

What do “Finding Nemo” and a radio ad for a small-town pizza parlor have in common? Both rely on the vocal talents of people you probably never see. Big-budget animated movies provide high-paying speaking roles for movie stars, but you don’t need to be famous to find performing arts opportunities in voice-over. For example, while some audiobooks are read by celebrities like Claire Danes, who narrated Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” most are read by people like Elizabeth Wiley, associate professor of theater at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. (She was named a finalist in the Audie ...

Posted Dec. 12, 2017, 8 a.m. by Barbra Weidlein | View Comments
5 Reasons To Be Brave Enough To Major in Music in College

Are you apprehensive about majoring in music? Are your parents worried about a performing arts degree or trying to convince you to go in another direction? Here are the top five concerns music students have shared with me over and over again as they approach their college applications. If any of these ring true for you, addressing them directly will help you get to a place of making better choices and decisions that will serve you well in college and beyond. Some of these questions are applicable to any performing or visual arts student who is trying to decide on ...

Posted Sept. 22, 2017, 8 a.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
TeenLife and NACAC Present the 2017 Guide to Performing & Visual Arts Colleges

Jazz band, video animation, Shakespearean drama, graphic design, sound engineering, operatic arias, set building -- sometimes the opportunities for arts majors seem like an all-you-can-eat buffet, both enticing and overwhelming. Fortunately, TeenLife Media and the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) can help. Founded in 1937, NACAC has 16,000 counselor and college members dedicated to helping students make informed choices about post-secondary education. At NACAC’s annual series of Performing and Visual Arts College Fairs, held in 25 locations around the country, students can connect with universities, colleges, conservatories and other programs that can develop their talent, whether it’s performance-based ...

Posted April 3, 2017, noon by Amanda Monfrooe | View Comments
At Norwich University of the Arts, students explore technology through new degree programs.

The creative industries encompass a wider range of profitable professional sectors than ever before. Technological innovation, changing consumer habits and the influence of emerging economies have fuelled expansion and diversification within art, design and media. The result is a global job market welcoming specialists and entrepreneurs from different backgrounds. But, of course, rapid change brings fresh challenges for both graduates and universities providing creative-degree programs. As a leading UK university, Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) is up to the challenge! NUA is leading graduates into the future. For us, change has been an opportunity to launch three bachelor of ...

Posted March 29, 2017, 8 a.m. by Amanda Callahan | View Comments
NP's Musical Demonstration 2017, “A Musical Intervention,” Created by Douglas J. Cohen (Photo by Kevin Cristaldi)

Do you want to be a working actor? For training, you can choose between pursuing a college degree in fine arts or a conservatory degree. At the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City, a conservatory where actors like Robert Duvall, Allison Janney and Dylan McDermott trained, we believe these are the 10 reasons you should consider a conservatory: 1. You learn from doers. Conservatory faculty members are likely to be working professionals with practical experience in the industry and master teachers in their fields. It’s unusual for professionals with full-time, acting, singing, dance and/or entertainment careers to have the time ...

Posted March 27, 2017, 3 p.m. by Bill O'Neill | View Comments
There are careers in the arts like make-up artist where your performing arts degree will allow you to earn money.

Visit the American art meccas: New York, Los Angeles, Cotuit. OK, so Cotuit, a sleepy village on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, isn’t quite up there with the Big Apple and LA, but it is home to a bustling community arts center. It serves as proof that you don’t need to be a Broadway singer or a movie star to make a living with a degree from a visual or performing arts program. “If you can find employment in the field you love, you’ll have no idea where it can take you,” says David Kuehn, executive director of the Cotuit Center ...

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