For the haters: Five “real world” skills you get with a performing arts degree

Let’s be honest: there are a lot of arguments floating around about why you shouldn’t pursue a performing arts degree. From practicality to the economy, sometimes it can be discouraging when you tell people what you plan to do with your life. We’re here to give you ammunition against the haters, because a performing arts degree can teach you more than just the difference between a major and minor scale, how to do a grand plié, and why you should never (ever) say MacBeth in a theatre. Read more

It’s August Already?! Beginning the performing arts college search

Let the performing arts college search begin! College application and audition season is right around the corner. With many of the deadlines at the end of fall, these next couple of months are going to be some of the busiest of the year for you as you begin your performing arts college search. From filling out the actual application to creating your digital audition, there’s a lot of work that goes into applying to a performing arts program. Before that can even begin, though, you need to think about where you want to go.

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Get Showcasd Performing Arts Scholarship Applicants: This is your moment

We received hundreds of applications for our Get Showcasd  performing arts scholarship. We met dancers, actors, singers, and poets; pianists, violinists, murambaists, trumpetists, and cellists. You submitted everything from essays and personal statements, to poems, original compositions, choreography, performance videos, and images. We received submissions from 40 of the 50 states and 13 different countries. We want to not only announce the winners, but share some of the applicants’ passion by showcasing some of our favorite responses. Read more

Meet Michelle Lim: Juilliard, Sushi, and Following Your Dreams

You may have heard of dancer Michelle Lim.

She’s been getting a lot of attention recently for being the first dancer from Singapore to ever be accepted into The Juilliard School Dance Division. At only 19, she’s becoming quite the international star. Her video A Grand Jete to Juilliard has over ten thousand views and it seems like everyone in the dance community wants to talk with this rising star.

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Are You In Shape? Running On The Audition Treadmill

It’s 6AM on a weekday, the sun is just beginning to break through the gray morning sky and already my local gym is full of energetic participants. Each one willing to work hard to be the best they can be, and start their day ready to take on the world. Like you, they are ambitious, hopeful about their future and ready to “bring it”. However, there is one difference. The gym members can choose to get off the treadmill, drop the weights and head for the showers whenever they have had enough. But, as a Thespian, the audition treadmill never stops. The choice to get off the treadmill comes only if you decide to throw in the towel. For good.
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Submit with Confidence: Looking Good for Your Prescreen Video

Before you jump right into creating your prescreen video, here are some tips on an often overlooked element: appearance. We’ll break down the basics for hair, makeup, and clothing. These details that can so often be overlooked can make all the difference in the world of music, theatre, and dance digital college auditions.

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The Liberal Arts & the Performing Arts: A Perfect Partnership

This week we’d like to welcome our very first guest blogger, Patricia Krahnke. Patricia has over 15 years of inside college admissions experience at Rutgers University as the Assistant Director of Admissions and at Vermont State College as Dean of Admissions. Although she has worked with thousands of families from all disciplines and backgrounds, her heart is in the arts. She has a BA in creative writing and an MFA in playwriting. Her plays have been read in New York City and London, and her play Humid was a finalist in the Hinton Battle New Play Competition. She knows what it takes to succeed in the performing arts and in college admissions. And she wants to share that knowledge with you.

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Pinching Pennies: Tips for Funding Your Performing Arts Dreams

The price of going to college has been increasing steadily for the past 50 years. In fact, for the 2012-2013 school year, the average price of a public four-year university in the US was $24,385 per year (CollegeBoard Advocacy and Policy Center)! And don’t get us started on the price of private performing arts schools and conservatories. Between room and board, activity fees, tuition, college application fees, books and travel, when you’re funding your performing arts dreams, the numbers can be pretty staggering.

We want to help you be prepared to not only follow your dreams but also fund them.

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Let’s Get Digital: The college admissions process in performing arts

There’s no doubt about it, the college admissions process is overwhelming, especially if you’re pursuing performing arts. From your very first college interview to your in-person audition, it can be confusing and frustrating and totally awesome all at the same time. Here are some tips for mastering the prescreen video!

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Artists: It’s time you get discovered

If you’re thinking about pursuing a career in the performing or visual arts, you know that it’s part who you know and part what you do. We wanted to combine who we know with what you do to make it easier for passionate artists like you to get discovered. With our first-of-its-kind Discover Me public profile, we’ll make sure your art gets as much exposure as  you want. And, it’s totally free.

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