For the Juniors: 5 things you can learn from someone else’s performing arts college search

It’s that time of year again when it seems like the words on everybody’s lips are college search, especially if you’re considering a performing arts degree. If you’re serious about pursuing the performing arts as a career, your technical training started a while ago, but preparing for your college search and admissions process is a different beast altogether. Leading up to your senior year is a whirlwind of visits, auditions, prescreens, conferences, and applications, and if you’re not ready for it, the whole process can be overwhelming.

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What If You’re Not a Musical Prodigy?

09/12/13 by

Some students (and parents) assume that if you’re not a musical prodigy, you should major in something other than music. Nothing can be farther from the truth! In fact, there are actually benefits to not being a prodigy, so long as you’re someone who feels compelled to pursue music.

This post, from our friends at, explores this subject with three musicians, each of whom is working in a distinctly different field of music. Their insights are invaluable for students, parents, music teachers, college guidance counselors, and current music majors as well.

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Finding your place: Pursuing a career in the performing arts

It’s no secret: pursuing a career in the performing arts is hard work. Even those who’ve already “made it big” admit that it’s never been easy and they never stop working. If you’re an aspiring performing artist, you already know that, and you’re going to follow your dreams anyway. This is why artists are some of the bravest, most passionate people out there.

Whether you’re an actor, dancer, musician, or an awesome combination of the three, we want to help you find your place. Read more

“Why did you pick this song?”: Choose audition material for your best YOU

Chelsea Cipolla is the co-founder of My College Audition. She’s a graduate from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts where she received a BA in Acting and Theatre Education. AfterChelsea C graduating, Chelsea returned to Emerson College to help teach their Summer Arts Academy for three years before moving to New York City. In this post, she talks about how to choose audition material for the real you for your college audition.

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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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