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Playing with Purpose: Interview with Violinist Kimberly Fisher

PIMF Artistic Director

Many musicians know from a very young age that playing music is more than an interest; it’s who they are. Acceptd interviewed Kimberly Fisher, Artistic Director of the Philadelphia International Music Camp & Festival (PIMF) and Principal Second Violin for The Philadelphia Orchestra. Ms. Fisher is equally encouraging of musicians of all ages, interests, and levels as she is an inspiration for future professional musicians.

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Inspirational Artists Who Got A Late Start

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

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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!

Melissa McCarthy

BERLIN, GEMANY - MAY 26: Melissa McCarthy attends Spy: Susan Cooper Undercover' Berlin Photocall at Hotel De Rome on May 26, 2015 in Berlin, Gemany. (Photo Luca Teuchmann/Getty Images)

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.

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Let’s Talk About Headshots

Were you ten when you took your last headshot? Has your hair color changed? Sporting a new look? Well, summer is a great time to update your shot! Headshots are to performers like a suitcase is to a lawyer. You should never leave the house without them as they are your personal business card.

I don’t think you need to spend a lot of money on headshots for college auditions. After all, you are going to grow and change tremendously over the next four years – ask for the super fancy, luxury headshot session for a graduation gift before you head off to the real world! For now, find a local photographer who might be running a deal or if you have a family friend who has an exceptional camera and eye – see if they’ll snap some shots!

Primary Basic Headshot

Actors, Dancers and Musicians all need a headshot that best represents them and looks like them on their best day. All performers need one basic headshot that follows these guidelines:

  • Shot from the shoulders up
  • Fits 8×10 dimensions
  • The main focus of the image is the head

Additionally, here are some qualities that make up an excellent headshot:

  • Looks like you on your very best day
  • Your hair/makeup/clothing is similar to what you would present in an audition, so it’s easy for them to remember you
  • Your name should be on the picture. Most commonly, they are printed in the bottom right or left hand corners
  • No props
  • A simple white (or neutral) background is best
  • Pick a color to wear that people tell you that you look great in. If you don’t know, ask family and friends!
  • Study what a good headshot looks like! Check out the graduating class of your dream school and see what the students’ shots look like

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Protecting your voice over the holiday weekend

Since we have a holiday on our hands this weekend (hooray 4th of July!), we thought it’d be a good idea to remind you how to protect those vocal chords – so you can focus on watching fireworks instead of worrying about hurting your voice!

Here are some tips to maintain your vocal health:

1. Hydrate

We know we sound like a broken record. However, remember to hydrate! If you are not properly hydrated, your vocal folds can become irritated easily which will lead to swelling. For singers, it’s recommended that you drink room temperature water as ice cold water can make your muscles contract which leads to your vocal chords tensing up. Read more

So, tell me about yourself!

Interviewer: “So, tell me about yourself!”

You: “Ummm…well…”

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:

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