Standing Out and Taking Your Place in the Spotlight!

09/17/18 by Jeri Gaile

We all want to be accepted, loved, admired, popular….and the list could go on and on, right? We want to fit in with others and basically…be liked! It’s a ton of pressure to wake up every day and have to think about whether your clothes, hair, intelligence, talent, etc. will stand up against the judgy eyes of other kids. And that’s just if you’re a normal average teen! What if you’re a singer, dancer, artist, actor, or musician? How do you fit in with other students and at the same time, stand out?

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Musicians Institute: 7 Benefits of Going to College in L.A. for Music

08/28/18

Is the West Coast Best for You?

If the thought of going to school in Hollywood makes you (or your parents) feel excited, overwhelmed, or all of the above: have no fear! You’re not alone. Read on to learn why studying music in L.A. at Musicians Institute may be the best choice for you. Read more

2018 Guide to Choosing an Arts School test

What’s the perfect arts program to pursue after high school?


That’s the golden question many of you are asking yourselves this time of year. Acceptd’s annual ‘Guide to Choosing an Art School’ is here to help! We’ve compiled a complete resource to help you make smart, informed and confident choice in your next phase as an artist.

2018 Guide to Choosing an Arts School

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In Acceptd’s ‘2018 Guide to Choosing an Art School’ you will:

  • Get the inside scoop from current college students pursuing their career in the arts and what they wish they knew before making their final decision.
  • Learn about the variety of programs, big and small from all over the country and world, that are available to pursue.
  • Receive tips and tricks to optimize your portfolio, successfully take on the financial aid process, and much more!

Careers in the Arts | Visual Arts + Music: Nick Pourfard, Founder of Prisma Guitars (CA & NY)

Nick Pourfard Prisma Guitars for Acceptd
05/24/18

You’ve heard of Fender and Gibson. Your dad used to play a Rickenbacker. But have you heard of Prisma Guitars? These unique, handcrafted instruments are one-of-a-kind made from upcycled wood. And not just any wood; the wood from old, defunct, and recycled skateboards.

“Sometimes we sit all day and pull grip tape off the boards ’til our fingers basically start bleeding,” Nick said. “In the beginning it was taking six months to make a guitar. Now, I can do it in a day.”

Nick Pourfard Prisma Guitars

“I take some of these boards out, and there is blood on them, or a huge chip in them from where the skater was mad and hitting the ground with their board,” Nick said. “Visually, (once we work on them) you can see the pressure cracks, or where someone broke it, or holes, but when you touch it…it’s not there. So that way, you get the story. It’s like people-watching, but just with skateboards.”

We talked to Nick about entrepreneurship in the arts, how he got where he is today, and what advice he has for other creative spirits who are considering taking a risky leap of faith towards a big reward.

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7 Things Successful People Do Every Sunday

05/04/18

Don’t Give into the Sunday Blues

It’s easy to be a Monday hater. But, you can’t give up on Sunday! Sunday is a built-in reset button. It’s a day society actually expects you to rest, recuperating from getting knocked around by life all week. Sure, another week starts tomorrow, but Sunday is there for you. Like a mother who just wants what’s best for you, it also expects you to be productive.

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5 Myths About Being an Artist: Debunked

04/30/18

Don’t be an April fool. That is behind us! Myths about what it means to pursue the artist’s path have been around for as long as, well, artists have been creating. From their perfectionist tendencies and eccentric personalities to the moody temperaments and emotional chaos that must inspire (and also eventually derail – I’m looking at you, Van Gogh) their forms of expression, these stereotypes persist despite the diversity of artists working today and the many insights into their lives and process that they willingly reveal. Here are a couple whopper myths we’ve seen over the years: Read more

Program Spotlight: West Chester University Music Professor Randall Scarlata Q & A

04/13/18

Program Spotlight: West Chester University Music 

Interview performed by Acceptd Marketing’s Amy Overturf and Larissa Bateman

Nestled in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Brandywine Valley, West Chester University is a picturesque and historic community that offers small-town charm with cosmopolitan flair. The West Chester University School of Music offers students an opportunity to perform weekly under the direction of world-class teachers and musicians. With 16 undergraduate programs and over 24 ensembles to choose from, you can find your perfect fit.

This week, we sat down with Professor Randall Scarlata, Associate Vocal Professor and an acclaimed vocal performer, to learn more about his life as a singer and a professor. Read on to learn more about Randall’s accomplished career, his advice to aspiring musicians, and the highlights of his time working with students at West Chester. Read more

Joan Pinnell | Assistant Director, Communications & Outreach, Northwestern University Transportation Center (Evanston, IL)

Joan Pinell Acceptd Careers in the Arts
04/02/18

Careers in the Arts : Education & Graphic Design

It’s been a potpourri of artist interviews on the Acceptd blog, and it smells like Spring! Fresh perspectives are blooming, and we’re living for it. Today we talk to Joan Pinnell, freelance graphic designer and Assistant Director, Communications and Outreach (assistant-imagination-person) at Northwestern University’s Transportation Center in Evanston, IL (just north of Chicago).

Joan has catalyzed her creative, ambitious spirit into an innovative career in the education sphere, at one of the most renowned schools in the country. Read on to learn her story, and what advice she has for young artists interested in a similar future. If you’re eager for education and your creativity is matched by a thirst for knowledge and lifelong learning, this interview is for you!

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Dave Kowalski: Senior Production Manager at Boardriders Inc (Huntington Beach, CA)

Dave Kowalski
03/22/18

Careers in the arts cover a lot of ground. While there’s someone to fluff up wardrobes between acts, there’s someone who first created the costumes, and of course someone who orchestrated and wrote all the music. There are singers, dancers, and acrobats; wildly powerful writers, and photographers whose imagery takes your breath away. There are the ticket takers, the planners, and the audience to cheer them on. There are truly infinite opportunities to work and be involved in the arts!

One thing we hear all the time from parents and skeptical art students is that an arts degree “won’t get you anywhere.” While we can say this is not true, and remind you how many jobs are available for artists, we know the best way to get this point across is to show you firsthand. Today we’re sharing a real-life example of someone who studied the arts in college, and has made a career in the business sphere using his arts background. With no further adieu, Senior Production Manager at Boardriders, Inc, Dave Kowalski. Read more

James Keene: New Haven Symphony Orchestra Fellow & Violin Phenom

James Keene NHSO Fellow
03/09/18

Interview performed by Acceptd Digital Marketing Coordinator, Amy Overturf.

New Haven Symphony OrchestraLast week, we shared an interview with NHSO Fellowship recipient and viola player, Gabrielle Skinner. This week, we’d like to introduce you to James Keene, another New Haven Symphony Orchestra Harmony Fellowship recipient. James is a versatile soloist, chamber musician, and music pedagogue. After attending Interlochen Arts Academy, he received his B.M. from Rutgers University, and he received his Master’s Degree in Violin Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory. James currently works as a violin teacher & performer. Read more