How to Choose an Audition Monologue

UMN Guthrie

Need help choosing a monologue that is right for you? Selecting and preparing a monologue for an audition can be nerve wracking. To aid in the process, we asked for some advise from Joe Price, BFA Program Director at The University of Minnesota – Guthrie Theatre, Dept. of Theatre Arts and Dance. Read more

Four Acting Techniques You Should Know About


Deciding to study acting takes a great deal of commitment and openness. To truly excel in a program and make the most of one’s time, you must be willing to push yourself outside your comfort zone and be open to exploring different acting techniques to deliver the best performance.

You may be aware that there are many different methods you can employ when studying acting. There is no universal or singular technique that all actors utilize. It truly depends on the individual and what style works best for them.

Let’s take a look at some of the most popular methods:

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3 Surprising Secrets of Small Arts Colleges

Heritage Rail Trail

Have you ever wondered if a small college might offer experiences that would appeal to your creative side? Consider the benefits beyond smaller class sizes, more financial aid, and less competition. Here are some surprising secrets you might have overlooked. Read more

Build Confidence: Take the First Step into the Spotlight

Build Confidence
09/09/16 by Jeri Gaile

Everyone feels overwhelmed when school starts. The last thing you want to do is fill out applications for competitions, college, workshops, etc. What you don’t realize is that the very process of applying and participating in these events can do amazing things for building confidence! It takes very little effort and the rewards are enormous. Read on to learn how you can build your confidence as a performer and overcome “stage fright”. Read more

Senior Year Countdown: September Checklist

While it may seem hard to believe, summer is coming to a close and the school year is ramping up. If you are a senior, you are probably feeling ready, excited and…completely stressed out! Fall of Senior year is an especially stressful time as the next few months are crucial months to stay organized and on top of college applications and auditions. Balancing school demands, a social life and applications is stressful enough – but throw in scheduling and preparing for auditions and it’s enough to make your head spin.

Here are some crucial items that need to be tackled in the month of September for a performing arts applicant:


Acceptd ProfileMake A Profile on Acceptd

You are bound to have multiple pre-screen schools on your list that will require you to upload audition videos. Before you are ready to upload your materials, it’s super smart to make a profile so you are ready once you feel comfortable material wise. Once you have made a profile, browse the directory to add schools to your list and read up on past blog posts to gain some helpful insight into the college audition process.

Narrow Down Your College List

What are my dream schools? Am I meeting the academic standards? What schools are realistic? These are all important questions to ask yourself. Make sure to have a list that is structured with Reaches, Matches and Safeties that is based on both the performing arts side and academic standards. Need help figuring out what schools are a good match for you? Check out our program Perfect Fit. You can upload audition material and one of our industry experts will thoughtfully review them and respond with feedback and college suggestions. Our expert will make sure it has a good balanceSenior Year Testing Dates  of Reach Schools, Matches and Safeties based on your material, and will provide information (like acceptance rates) for each school.

Register for the SAT/ACT

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Career Tips for Music Major Graduates


Did you recently graduate from your dream music school? Ready to face the real world? Here are some career tips for music major graduates to tackle the first few years out of school:

Watch Your Professors

The cool thing about going to music school is most, if not all of your professors are current musicians who are pursuing their passions. Whether you are currently in music school or you just graduated, do your best to maintain your relationships with professors. Find out what gigs they are playing and pick their brain on how they land said gigs. Read more

Do the Hustle: 4 Ways Schools Prepare Entrepreneurs

The profile of the 21st century musician is on everyone’s mind as evidenced by the re-tooling of music school tag lines across the country. In a time when learning outcomes and job placement are in the spotlight, music schools have given entrepreneurship a front row seat. Musicians have always been hustlers, so the idea of entrepreneurship isn’t new to our industry. The question is, how are music schools and conservatories making it a part of the experience. Read more

5 Tips for a Successful Portfolio


Wondering what to include for an outstanding filmmaking, screenwriting, or animation portfolio? Read on for advice on how to navigate the portfolio submission process of a cinema arts program.  Alaire Chybrzynski, assistant director of artistic recruitment with Point Park University Conservatory of Performing Arts, shares her advice for effective portfolio submission.

1.) Take your time and submit your best work

Take time to review all your material and carefully choose your best work for your portfolio.  Be original and unique. Keep this in mind: Never submit art that is a replication of someone else’s or something you found online. Aim for artwork that is new and something that matters to you. Let your portfolio reflect your strengths and experiences and represent who you are as an individual.

2.) Think outside the box – Include self-directed work samples

What have you done outside of the classroom?  Are you highly-motivated? We encourage students to submit artwork that is created outside of your assigned coursework.  Maybe you have a passion for photography.  Perhaps you spend your weekends capturing candid photos of hanging out with friends.  If you include the kinds of things you’re most excited and passionate about, chances are you will have a strong portfolio submission.

3.) Share YOUR story in your essay

What is your story?  Who are you? Every student is different. We want to get to know you, your goals, and your ambitions.  Something that shows us “who you are as an artist, because who you are as an artist is who we are interested in.” – Rick Hawkins, assistant professor in the Cinema Arts program

4.) Demonstrate your range of artistic skill and experience through your creative resume

We understand you may not have experience with film equipment or access to design software.  That’s okay.  We want to see that you have potential to succeed in our program.  You may be a creative writer, painter, photographer, or even a musician.  List anything on your creative resume that demonstrates YOUR unique abilities and potential.

5.) Remember to review your portfolio

Before you click the “submit” button, remember to completely review your portfolio.  This includes reading your essay and portfolio to correct spelling or grammar errors. It’s best to read it out loud. This way you’re reading what is actually written, instead of what you think you wrote.  It’s best to ask someone who hasn’t seen it yet to take a look as well.  They’re likely to catch mistakes you hadn’t noticed!

Point Park University will have a live profile on Acceptd September 1st. Check it out here!

What it’s like playing at Carnegie Hall (Interview with Conductor Jeffery Ames)

We had the chance to chat with Jeffery L. Ames who serves as Director of Choral Activities at Belmont University. Amongst his exciting and impressive credentials and experiences, Dr. Ames has also conducted the Honors Performance Series – at Carnegie Hall presented by WorldStrides – several times.  Want to learn what it takes to make your passion for music a career? Read on!

You’ve been involved in music from a young age. What made you decide to pursue music in your education?

Yes, music has been a part of my so-called DNA since childhood. My mother was a singer and my father had a wonderful appreciation for music. Our home was filled with sounds of jazz, classical, gospel, and R&B. I loved singing in church and playing in the band while in Elementary, Junior High and Senior High school. Since I enjoyed my musical experiences in school, I decided that I wanted to pursue a career in music. During my junior year in high school, I knew I wanted to be addressed as Dr. Ames by earning some terminal degree in Music. Read more

Inspirational Artists Who Got A Late Start

In this industry, it’s tough not to compare yourself to other people’s successes. While there are no clear guidelines on what it really means to “make it” as an artist (as this can mean different things to everyone) – you may sometimes feel like you are behind. Today I want to remind you that everyone goes at their own pace and there is no expiration date on your talent!

Let’s take a look at some musicians, actors, dancers and artists who really hit their stride a bit later than you might expect:

Andrea Bocelli


Andrea Bocelli was 34 when he released his first album. He didn’t become mainstream, however, until his third album. He is one of the best selling singers of our time!

Melissa McCarthy

BERLIN, GEMANY - MAY 26: Melissa McCarthy attends Spy: Susan Cooper Undercover' Berlin Photocall at Hotel De Rome on May 26, 2015 in Berlin, Gemany. (Photo Luca Teuchmann/Getty Images)

While Melissa McCarthy began acting in the ‘90s, it wasn’t until the release of Bridesmaids in 2011 that she was nominated for an Oscar. She was 41.

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