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Category: Performing & Visual Arts

Posted Nov. 14, 2016, 9 a.m. by Bill O'Neill | View Comments
The Pro’s Checklist to Be a Hit in the Music Business

Darryl Purpose’s life in music has taken him around the world, including to a Moscow stadium where he shared a stage with Santana and Bonnie Raitt, but there have been plenty of ups and downs along the way. “It’s really hard to have a career in the arts,” he says. “You have to have talent. You have to persevere. You have to have a little luck.” Purpose, whose latest CD hit No. 1 on The Roots Music Report’s chart for contemporary folk albums, enjoys offering advice to young musicians. The main thing teens interested in music need to remember, he ...

Posted Oct. 24, 2016, 9 a.m. by Barbra Weidlein | View Comments
Arts kid? How to find your Audience on Social Media

You may have forgotten there was ever a time when you weren’t connecting with friends, family and total strangers on Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Google+, Tumblr, YouTube, Vine or Twitter; through online pinboards like Pinterest; and on texting and messaging apps like Kik or WhatsApp. Social media channels provide fast and easy ways to stay in touch with whomever and whatever you’re interested in, no matter where you are. As you grow your art form, you’ll probably join other artists in using social media to announce upcoming performances and shows, connect with fans, share music or videos, raise money for your ...

Posted Oct. 13, 2016, 9 a.m. by Roberta Cannon | View Comments
8 Tips for Getting Into Arts Management

There is plenty to the arts that is imaginative, but there’s also a side that, while creative, is more nuts and bolts. Somebody has to see that the light bill gets paid. That’s where the arts administrator or manager comes in. People with a degree in arts managment “work behind the scenes to make sure artists keep creating and the public keeps appreciating art of every kind,” according to the College Board website. With expertise or a degree in arts administration, you could help manage a museum, theater, opera house, ballet company, art gallery or other profit-making or nonprofit organization. ...

Posted Sept. 30, 2016, 9 a.m. by Kay Keough | View Comments
How Theater Skills Transform into Life Skills

Having a theatrical background himself, Rob Seitelman might be a little biased, but he believes students involved in theater take valuable skills to college. “We have to allow ourselves to explore and use everything we learn to potentially help us understand theater – and, by extension, help us understand life,” says Seitelman, the Princeton Review’s director of educational partnerships for the Southwest and Pacific Northwest. We talked to Seitelman and other college experts and students about how theater training can give you a leg up over peers, both during the college application process and in the transition to college. Here ...

Posted May 26, 2016, 10:38 a.m. by Shaun Royer | View Comments
7 Things To Consider Before Getting into the Acting & Music “Biz”

7 Things To Consider Before Getting into the Acting & Music “Biz” Are you the life of the party? Always singing? Do you watch “The Voice” or “America’s Got Talent” and say, “I can do that!” Have you considered going to auditions? Helping young people achieve their goals has been my dream job for over 20 years. It’s my business and I love it. I’ve watched thousands of talented artists make it to the big screen, on the air and even to prestigious universities. You may know some: Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Selena Gomez. What makes me proud is how ...

Posted April 13, 2016, 9 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
4 Steps to Finding a Summer Arts Program

If you are creative, you may be searching for the perfect summer arts program. There are programs available in just about every area of performing, visual and technical arts: art, film, theater, music, architecture, design, fashion and much more. Using the summer to enhance your creativity and build your resume is a wise investment. Since many pre-college summer arts programs require an audition or portfolio as part of the application, start as early as possible, making note of the specific programs, and completing all the application requirements. Deadlines for many of these programs are in early spring but it’s always ...

Posted March 25, 2016, 9 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
3 Things To Do If You Want To Go To Art School

If you’re the creative type, art school is a great way to expand your knowledge and meet similarly minded friends and mentors. Not only will you have the opportunity to do what you love every day, you’ll be able to build a community who “gets” your passion for paint, clay, glass, metal or your medium of choice. Attending a top art school can be the opportunity of a lifetime, but it’s not always easy to get in. You’ll be competing with many students who are exceptionally skilled, and you’ve got to make sure you stand out in order to peak ...

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 ...

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