“I’ve learned more in these two weeks than I did in my 5 years of education. I’ve experienced an incredible transformation in myself as a performer and my intensity and passion for what I want to do. It has been a huge revelation.”
Dylan George – Boot Camp 2013
2014 Graduate of Wittenberg for Theatre
Wanting to explore the arts as a career choice? Not sure what additional training you need to be competitive? There’s no doubt that the industry has evolved to a more modern aesthetic. Long gone are the days of “Oklahoma” and “Bye Bye Birdie”. The biggest thing on Broadway is the Hip-Hop show “Hamilton”. The Rock Arts are at an all time high and it doesn’t look like it’s going to slow down anytime soon. So what can you do to better prepare yourself for today’s growing industry? Attend the Shadowbox Live Summer Bootcamp and get intense instruction in all four of the Rock Arts disciplines!
In today’s market, it is imperative that artists master/explore more than one artistic discipline. The idea of a “triple threat” is no longer an exception. It’s a standard. Shadowbox Live, the Largest Resident Theatre Company in America, presents over 500 performances of 19 different productions per year all of which center around the Rock Arts. The 45 full-time artists are known as ‘meta-performers’ because of their artistic versatility. At Shadowbox Live we do it all! And so can YOU!
At the Summer Bootcamp you will learn:
Sketch Comedy Acting
Why do we require training in all the disciplines? Because the arts are integrated! Improvement in one area can dramatically improve your performance with your primary discipline.
What about the business of art? Every young artist needs to learn how to market and manage themselves. The Shadowbox Summer Bootcamp also leads workshops regarding arts administration, production, ‘life skills’ and professionalism.
If you are between the age of 15-21 and are passionate about your future in the performing arts, and perform your primary discipline at a high artistic level then the Summer Bootcamp might be for you! Applications are now being accepted for the June 4th auditions. Deadline for submission is midnight, June 2nd. We look forward to rocking your potential at the Shadowbox Summer Bootcamp!
You just had your final college class this week…forever. What! How did that happen? While it may feel like your parents just dropped you off for your freshman year yesterday, it’s now time to enter the real world. And for a performing artist, this can be a little scary!
Don’t let fear guide you. Instead, make a solid and practical game plan for the first year out of school. After all, there is no right way to pursue a career in theatre, music, art or dance – so making a plan that is unique to you is essential.
Here are some tips on how to tackle your first year out:
Finding A Home
Depending on your art form, you probably feel like you need to get to a big city to make sure you have the most amount of job opportunities at your fingertips. This is most likely very true. But which city is right for you? Most performing arts students flock to NYC after graduation, but there are other cities that are very much worth exploring. LA, Chicago and Boston may have exactly what you are looking for with potentially less competition in your chosen field. Make a list of what jobs/opportunities are important to you and research each city before deciding on one.
You made it through! There is a light at the end of the tunnel! While you are currently weighing options and deciding where to spend your next glorious four years, it’s important to take time and reflect on how much you’ve grown over the audition season. While it wasn’t easy, you are on the other side of it now and you deserve a pat on the back! Here are a few things you may have learned about yourself that deserve some kudos:
You Are An Audition Pro
Sheet music packed? Check. Audition outfit ironed? Check. Dance clothes and shoes laid out? Check. Snacks and water in your audition bag? Check. You’ve now got this down to an art. This is great preparation for life after college where most of your days will be filled with back-to-back auditions. Learning how to leave one audition behind you to focus on the next can be challenging – however, after roughly 10-15 auditions over the course of a few weekends, you now know you are up for the challenge! Read more
Interviewer: “So, tell me about yourself!”
Has this happened to you? Have you been asked the hardest question known to man? For some reason, answering this simple question sometimes proves to be the most difficult. How exactly can you sum up everything about yourself in one teeny tiny answer?
Before you head to campuses to scope out potential colleges and go on interviews (don’t forget to brush up on our blog post: 4 Great Questions for your College Tour Guide) be sure to come up with what we like to call your 30 Second Story. Whether you are a musician, actress or visual artist – you are ultimately your own business. You are the CEO of your own brand – so you better be able to describe it!
A 30 Second Story is a chance to reveal a bit about yourself and your passions in a concise and compelling manner. Here are some keys points you should be sure to hit:
The life of a performing artist is always busy: auditions, rehearsals, shows, more rehearsals, more auditions. But for the last year or so, you’ve had to deal with the extra stress of a college search. Somewhere in between all the normal activities you do to keep up with your art, you had to find time to visit colleges, apply to them, make audition videos, audition in person, and make a final decision on where you want to go.
Often times, young artists with careers in the performing and visual arts can identify a specific moment in their past when their attitude toward the arts changed from an interest to a passion. For some, it was a high school play or a 6th grade band concert; sometimes it was a specific teacher. But for a large number of young artists, their passion really took hold during a summer experience.
For everyone applying to college for the performing or visual arts, it probably seems like you’ve been working on it forever. Your college search most likely began over a year ago, and the process of building your resume and portfolio began even earlier. You’ve put in the work at summer intensives, camps, and festivals and you’ve spent countless hours perfecting and rehearsing your craft. You have every right to be exhausted and burnt out on the entire college application process. Read more
It’s officially October, which for you high school seniors out there means the college search and admissions process is in full swing. If you’re applying for a degree in music, theatre, or dance, there’s even more on your plate. You will almost certainly have to do a live audition before you’re officially accepted into a program. You’ve no doubt thought about that already and have maybe even started preparing for it.
What you may not be as familiar with is the concept of a prescreen video. This is a recorded audition of sorts that some programs require as a prerequisite to a live audition. College reps and admissions counselors will review your prescreen video before inviting you to audition for a spot in their program. It’s kind of a big deal.
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
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.