Contrary to popular belief, there are plenty of viable career options for someone who has obtained a performing arts degree. And it should go without saying that no career path can guarantee employment right out of school. Truth is, graduates from arts programs are armed with many skills employers look for in candidates. However, you may not be aware of the scope of options that are available to you. Here’s how you can make your degree work for you.
In a dream world, you pass every single pre-screen and receive a yes from every school on your list. In reality, chances are you won’t pass every pre-screen and you most likely will receive a handful of no’s from dream schools. While these rejections can sting – sometimes more for the parents than the students – I encourage you to find each silver lining. After all, you can only attend ONE school at the end of this process.
Thanksgiving is a time where we often take a second to stop and reflect on what we are thankful for. It’s important to appreciate and give thanks to the things that make your life meaningful and fulfilling.
This year, however, I want you to think about not only what you are thankful for but who you are thankful for. I guarantee there are a few people in your life that you are pretty sure you couldn’t (or wouldn’t want to) live without.
Here are a few people you might want to shoot a kind text to or hug extra hard this holiday season:
If you search for trumpeter Eganam Segbefia online you might be amazed by what you find. At the top of the search results is an article written by Barneys New York, a segment about Eganam on radio station WQXR, and a listing on IMDB as an On-Screen Musician in the film Enchanted. These search results do not come close to describing Eganam’s experiences or his passion for music, people, and life.
Many musicians know from a very young age that playing music is more than an interest; it’s who they are. Acceptd interviewed Kimberly Fisher, Artistic Director of the Philadelphia International Music Camp & Festival (PIMF) and Principal Second Violin for The Philadelphia Orchestra. Ms. Fisher is equally encouraging of musicians of all ages, interests, and levels as she is an inspiration for future professional musicians.
College doesn’t have to be a pit stop on the way to your career. In fact, it shouldn’t be treated as such. Your college experience should be an opportunity to gain exposure.
If you haven’t yet realized it, exposure is often treated as currency in the arts. Eventually you will need to make a living wage. For now, a college program should give you bang for your buck by preparing you for your future.
If you are interested in studying Design and Production at the collegiate level…this blog post is for you! We had the opportunity to chat with Becky Bodurtha who is a Costume Designer and a Visiting Assistant Professor/Head of Design at Fordham University about what it takes to be successful when designing a show. Read on to learn some invaluable tips to tackle your next production! Read more
Rocco Dal Vera is the Head of the Division of Theatre Arts, Production and Arts Administration at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), an internationally renowned institution for the performing and media arts. He is the co-author with Joe Deer of Acting in Musical Theatre: a comprehensive course, and with Robert Barton, Voice: Onstage and Off. Both of those texts are used to establish curricula at schools throughout the world. Read more