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Category: Performing & Visual Arts

Posted Feb. 25, 2016, 9 a.m. by Mary Ann Riel | View Comments
Want to Be An Actor? Check Our Reality List

Congratulations! I am so glad that that you have discovered joy upon the stage. In all likelihood, you have become a better person because the theater has enriched your soul, provided you with friendships, and given you some serious life skills above and beyond those of many of your peers. Now you are considering the stage for your profession and want to study acting in college. Great! I fully support you pursuing your goal with a caveat: You need to know that there is a price of admission to those dreams and tuition may be the least of it. The ...

Posted Feb. 18, 2016, 9:41 a.m. by Mark Biley | View Comments
What Good is an Arts Education? You’ll be Surprised

You’d probably expect someone working in a biologist’s observation outpost, such as Dr. Amber Pairis, or in a law office, like Dobrina Dobreva, to be a practical, hard-headed type. You might never guess that in their teens, Amber studied art photography and Dobrina trained as a classical violinist, or that they believe their professional success has a lot to do with their arts training. Their stories suggest that teens looking for a high school that prepares them for college and enriches their lives long after college, may want to consider a high school that specializes in the arts. Very few ...

Posted Oct. 27, 2015, 8 a.m. by Casey Hoke | View Comments
Jumpstart Your Resume by Thinking Outside the School

Ah, high school. Seven hours of sitting and taking in all you can for that diploma to set you on your way to new horizons. Of course, you may have a great high school with opportunities to take part in the arts, advanced STEM, communications or a mix of disciplines. But even with with that, you may feel the need for something else to catapult you further in your career, or even just to spice up that high school resume. I was a visual arts major during my four years of high school and took more than 11 classes in ...

Posted Sept. 24, 2015, 8 a.m. by Chelsea Diehl | View Comments
audition tips

If you are performing arts student, you've been preparing for months for this moment! You have the perfect set of songs picked out, you love your monologue, your headshot and resume are assembled correctly and you are ready to showcase all that you’ve got! As you sit in the holding room patiently waiting for your name to be called, it hits you: What exactly is going to happen once I am actually inside that audition room? Big breath! Here are some things you can expect: Be prepared to slate For starters, you should be completely confident slating your audition material. ...

Posted Sept. 23, 2015, 8 a.m. by The Experts at TeenLife | View Comments
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

It’s the land of Shakespeare, Shaw, Pinter, and, most recently, Agbaje. Why wouldn’t someone interested in the stage want to study in London? We asked the experts at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama why American students might pass on New York or Los Angeles to head across the pond. Central has 17 different full-time undergraduate courses covering not just acting but every aspect of technical theater, theater education and writing for performance. It accepts students from all backgrounds and nationalities and actors train in a community that mimics what they will experience in the industry. (Pinter, by the ...

Posted Sept. 16, 2015, 8 a.m. by John Bergin | View Comments
when your passion isn't your career

I have realized that my artistic passion will not be my career. And I’m OK with that. Let me start with two points, for anyone who reads this and thinks, “Well, I guess all those years of lessons / classes / workshops / masterclasses / ensembles are a total waste because this (hopefully) relatable 21-year-old tells me they are in his eloquently worded article.” First, if that’s what you take away from this, you’re not reading this correctly. No part of this article is meant to attack the pursuit of an artistic passion as a career. I envy that pursuit, ...

Posted Sept. 4, 2015, 8 a.m. by Dana Elmore | View Comments
AP Exams

Perhaps you’ve heard of AP. Perhaps, as an art student, you’ve also thought that Advanced Placement classes aren’t for you. The AP program, which is administered by the College Board, offers high school students the chance to take college-level classes and to potentially earn college credit, but only five of the 30-plus courses fall under the “Arts” category. So wouldn’t your time be better spent in advanced studio classes? Perhaps not, and here’s why: The importance of AP courses But no matter your potential major, AP courses can help you achieve your goals. Success in an AP class can distinguish ...

Posted May 14, 2015, 9:30 a.m. by Steven Vasquez Lopez | View Comments

I started drawing as soon as I could hold a crayon: first, cartoons from TV and newspaper comics, and later, the music icons from Rolling Stone covers. I always wanted to pursue art, but I was concerned about creating a stable future for myself. As the first of my family to attend a four-year college, I felt I had to pursue a career that would be sensible and lucrative. What I discovered surprised everyone: artists develop skills in critical thinking, creative problem solving, and visual communication that apply to countless “real-world” opportunities. Going to art school is not just a ...

Posted March 2, 2015, 10 a.m. by Barbara Davidson | View Comments
SFAI summer art program

It’s definitely not an ordinary path, but experiencing a summer completely immersed in art practice could be the path to the extraordinary. When I was 17, I spent my summer working at a smoothie bar for minimum wage sweating over a blender. While I am grateful for this experience, the landscape of employment for teens has changed, as has the kinds of skills that employers seek. At San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious colleges of art in the nation, at which I serve as the Director of our PreCollege Program, we believe that ...

Posted Nov. 15, 2014, 10 a.m. by Dr. Iris Perry | View Comments
music major

Majoring in music and becoming a professional musician is hard work. Along the way, make sure to make the most out of life with these tips. 1. Practice. One of the most important aspects of being a music major and ultimately, life as a professional musician is practice. On a daily basis, musicians have to focus on refining their skills, technique, and musicianship. Sometimes practice can be grueling and put on the back burner with all the other distractions in a college student’s life. As a former music major, now professional musician, I can honestly attest to the fact that ...

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