3 Ways to impress colleges and nail interviews as an artist

Published May 29th, 2014

When you’re an aspiring artist, you spend a lot of time trying to get yourself in front of the right people: coaches, instructors, teachers, you name it. Getting the best guidance and training for your talent is a huge part of starting your career as a performing or visual artist. It doesn’t matter if you're trying to impress colleges, casting agents, directors, or potential employers, you definitely want to make a great first impression. And that might be easier than you think.

As an artist, you know that first and foremost, your work and talent is key. That’s what you train for and are most passionate about, and that is definitely half the battle. But when you want to stand out in a crowded audition or interview, it takes a little bit more. What you might not realize is that it’s pretty easy to do.

Here are 3 super easy ways to impress colleges and the people who will get your arts career moving.

Know your passion.

Especially at college interviews and auditions, it’s important to know why you’re passionate about your art. You’ll want to go a little deeper than “I just really love it!” if you want to leave a good impression. Be prepared to talk about what you love in particular, and most importantly why.

Look nice.

This seems like a no-brainer, especially for interviews and auditions, but it can be easy to forget if you’re worried about other things. Make sure you know what you’re expected to wear; most auditions will give you specific guidelines and unless otherwise noted, business attire is best for interviews. Looking sharp is a simple way step up your A game.

Be confident.

Have confidence in why you’re choosing to audition or interview at a particular program or company. A question you’re likely to face at both is: “Why do you see yourself here?” The key to nailing this question is doing your research. Be confident about why you’d be a good fit in their program or company, and they’ll be confident that you are, too.

If you’re serious about continuing your arts education or moving forward with your career as a performing or visual artist, it’s important to understand how to make a good first impression. By following these three super easy tricks, you’ll set yourself (and your art) up for success.

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