Careers In The Arts | Music: Joel Cummins (Umphrey’s McGee)

Joel Cummins, Umphrey's McGee

Joel Cummins | Umphrey’s McGee

A common misconception about careers in the arts is that they’re all fun and games. But to truly make it as an artist, it takes countless hours of hard work, optimistic thinking, and a voracious love for your craft.

After playing over 2300 shows in 20 years with his touring rock band Umphrey’s McGee, keyboard wizard and vocalist Joel Cummins knows a thing or two about spirit and drive. Since creating the band back in their college days, Umphrey’s has accumulated a rich history with 10+ albums, a devoted fan-base, and a can-do attitude that allows them to take musical risks like no one else in the music business today.

But how did it come to be? What does it take to be a successful rock star? Read on to learn why education is crucial for musicians, how Joel has used his music to raise thousands of dollars for Alzheimer’s, and a fun story about how Umphrey’s wrote their fan favorite tune and named it, “The Triple Wide.” Read more

Careers In The Arts | Graphic Design: Christie Casselring (Destination Imagination)

Christie Casselring Acceptd Careers in the Arts Blog Graphic Designer

Careers In The Arts: Graphic Design

One of our favorite aspects of doing what we’re passionate about at Acceptd is meeting other people and organizations who are just as passionate about the same things! Every day we’re excited to help connect young artists with opportunities that help them learn, thrive, and succeed. With school break on the horizon, we’ve recently shared the Acceptd Summer Guide which includes camps, programs, internships, and information about careers in the arts.

To really dig into what it’s like working in the arts as a graphic designer, we talked to the fantastically creative Christie Casselring for the scoop. Christie is the Senior Graphic Designer and Merchandise Manager at a Cherry Hill, NJ, non-profit organization whose vision truly aligns with our vision here at Acceptd, called Destination Imagination. As international programming, represented around the world and in almost every US state, you can live anywhere to get involved! They are awesome. Read on to see why.

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Careers In The Arts | Elaine Pond (MusicNL, Newfoundland, Canada)

Elaine Pond : MusicNL

Newfoundland Recently we shared our Acceptd Summer Guide, which includes information on internships, programs, camps, careers in the arts, and study abroad opportunities. If you’ve considered this educational adventure, but don’t want to be more than a short flight from home, Canada is a beautiful place to consider. Most Canadian provinces speak English, and the local culture will offer you something different and unique. FYI: a passport is required to travel into Canada. For passport information, click here.

While the first Canadian cities to mind may be Toronto, or maybe Vancouver, there are lots of other gems hidden across our vast neighbor to the North. To learn more about careers in the arts and what it’s like working in the arts in Canada, we spoke with Elaine Pond, Volunteer and Youth Engagement Coordinator at MusicNL. This musical mission is located in St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.   Read more

Artists Go All In For Las Vegas


Last Sunday on October 1, the senseless Las Vegas shootings at the Route 91 Harvest Festival shocked us completely. While concerts are usually places people go to let loose and celebrate life, this event took a horrific turn.

Now considered one of the deadliest mass shootings in American history, 59 people lost their lives and 489 were injured. That’s 548 people impacted physically. That doesn’t even count impacted friends, family, and loved ones. Or the endless psychological and emotional repercussions of such a tragic event that touched everyone in attendance that night.

In today’s world, we’ve sadly learned that people WILL act out in anger, fear, and hate. It is our job as artists to both: NEVER be one of those people, and to come together bravely in the face of adversity, lifting each other up whenever necessary. We know that as artists, sometimes we need to speak for those that don’t have a voice. To showcase the strengths of the marginalized. And to use our empathetic skills to show people what’s been in front of them all along: that love always wins.

Since last Sunday’s attack, artists across America have come together to support Las Vegas and those affected. From fundraising, to blood donations, to artistic support, artists have gone all-in for Las Vegas. Here are a few examples: Read more

Careers In The Arts | Artist Spotlight: Shanna Banks (Columbus, OH)


September was an incredible month at Acceptd. Since August, we’ve added thousands of opportunities, we’ve been circulating  our awesome Career Guide, everyone is back to school, and we’ve been uncovering true stories about Careers in the Arts from real artists from all across the country.

So far in our Careers in the Arts interview series, we’ve spoken to a Freelance Musician and Voice Coach, a Performer and Assistant Producer of Events at Circus Picnic, and a TV Writer, Stand-up Comedian and TV Actor. While all of these artists are part sof larger creative teams in their various roles, they all share something in common: independent drive to achieve. No one picked them out of the crowd, and said, “Hey- you. Ya, you. Come up here. Here is your dream job, I thought you would like to do this for your career.” No-it just doesn’t work that way. You have to know what you want, then take action to get what you want. Each of these amazing artists forged ahead, despite all odds, to achieve their dreams themselves. And they’re not done yet! These working artists are constantly hustling.

For our last interview in this series today, we’re excited to share Shanna Banks’ story with you. A successful cake artist and self-starting entrepreneur, she is one of the cheeriest, most driven people we’ve come across. Shanna hasn’t let anything stop her from achieving her goals and sharing her art. Challenges are just part of life’s recipe, and Shanna is an incredibly imaginative  baker.

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Careers in the Arts | Artist Spotlight: Will Miles (New York, NY)

When it comes to careers in the arts, success comes in many forms. Here at Acceptd, it’s our goal to not only introduce you to viable career options in the arts, but to also help expose some strategies you can use to position yourself successfully. We’ve put together a Career Guide with lots of great insight, but, we know how important it is for you to hear real stories from real people, doing real art. To help facilitate this, we’re excited to share an interview with full-time Writer, Actor, and Comedian, Will Miles.

Based out of Brooklyn, New York, Will writes for The Chris Gethard Show on truTV, and is an actor in roles on Hulu, HBO, and Comedy Central, as well as a handful of other networks. He performs stand-up comedy around the country delivering his own material, co-hosts a regular podcast with fellow comedian and girlfriend Giulia Rozzi, and co-hosts a wildly popular weekly comedy show with his two best friends called “Comedy at The Knit” on Sunday nights at Brooklyn’s world-renowned entertainment venue, The Knitting Factory. To top it off, Will released Good Year, his debut, 40-minute stand-up album just last year. To say the least, Will is not bored.

L to R: Clark Jones, Will Miles, Kenny DeForest. Co-hosts of Comedy at The Knit.

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Careers in the Arts | Artist Spotlight: Jen McGinnis (Austin, TX)


When it comes to careers in the arts, success comes in many forms. Sure, we’ve all heard of jobs like “sculptor,” “movie star,” “punk rocker,” and whatever “being a Kardashian” is. But when it comes down to it, there are almost infinite ways for creative-types to shine in today’s world.

To get some deeper insight on what it’s like to be a full-time artist, we chatted with Jen McGinnis, Assistant Producer at Circus Picnic. Based in Austin, Texas, Jen works as both a performer and assistant curator of events for the creative video and entertainment studio whose motto is, “Let’s Make Something Great.”

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Broadway Bound, an Online Competition

08/29/17 by Tim Jerome

Broadway Bound is an exciting new opportunity to help young musical theater artists enter the entertainment business. We’d like to introduce you to long time actor, Founding President of MainStreet Musicals and our partner, Tim Jerome:

Welcome to BROADWAY BOUND.  This performance competition, brought to you by MainStreet Musicals, constitutes the cutting edge of a project that was launched 35 years ago – under the name National Music Theater Network.  The project’s original mission was – and still is – to provide exposure for new musicals throughout America – and to expand the regional market for new works development. Read more

Careers in the Arts | Artist Spotlight: Zac DelMonte (Columbus, Ohio)


When it comes to careers in the arts, success comes in many forms. Sure, we’ve all heard of jobs like “producer,” “movie star,” “punk rocker,” and whatever “being a Kardashian” is. But when it comes down to it, there are almost infinite ways for creative-types to shine in today’s world.

To get some deeper insight on what it’s like to be a full-time artist, we recently met with Freelance Musician Zac DelMonte. Based in Columbus, Ohio, Zac juggles a diverse portfolio of roles that he describes as “all things music.”

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I was recruited. You could be too! Shadowbox Live Auditions.

08/18/17 by Brandon Anderson

In July of 2001, I walked into the doors of my first theater job: a place that was then called Shadowbox Cabaret, a black box theater that performed sketch comedy, one-act plays, and live rock ‘n’ roll.  That day, the company was in a final tech rehearsal for its summer show, so after my orientation I sat at one of the tables in the house to watch a run. 

Sixteen years later, I’m still here, working as the Director of Recruitment for the same company – now known as Shadowbox Live®, the nation’s largest resident theatre company. 

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