Interested in attending the Powerhouse Theater Training Program? Then be sure to continue reading to hear first hand from a student about their life-changing summer at Powerhouse!
I stumbled into The Powerhouse Theater Training Program almost by accident. The spring before my final semester of college at Central Michigan University, as a Musical Theatre major, I spent all my free time auditioning for summer theater companies and generally trying to figure out how I fit in the world as an artist and soon-to-be college graduate. After attending an informational call-back with Producing and Education Director Michael Sheehan, I found out about the Powerhouse playwriting program. The timing of this meeting was nothing short of serendipitous. I had just finished writing a script that turned out to be the first of many, and I used that work to apply to (and ultimately be accepted into) the program as a playwright.
In this industry, it’s tough not to compare yourself to other people’s successes. While there are no clear guidelines on what it really means to “make it” as an artist (as this can mean different things to everyone) – you may sometimes feel like you are behind. Today I want to remind you that everyone goes at their own pace and there is no expiration date on your talent!
Let’s take a look at some musicians, actors, dancers and artists who really hit their stride a bit later than you might expect:
Andrea Bocelli was 34 when he released his first album. He didn’t become mainstream, however, until his third album. He is one of the best selling singers of our time!
While Melissa McCarthy began acting in the ‘90s, it wasn’t until the release of Bridesmaids in 2011 that she was nominated for an Oscar. She was 41.
Finding Inspiration as an Artist
Along the journey of trying to become successful in your art form through the necessities of auditioning, interviewing, meeting deadlines, etc. – it’s likely you’ll at some point lose inspiration along the way. You may even forget the very reason you fell in love with your art in the first place. These daily requirements can be hard enough to keep up with as is, but add in rejections and “no’s” to the daily grind and it can be pretty tough on one’s spirit.
As an artist or performer, it’s your responsibility to communicate through your art to tell a story and bring to life a character or scene for any given audience. Being inspired is key to being able to communicate! When we lose inspiration for what we love to do, that sometimes can translate into negative results. Read more