Deciding whether or not to get an MFA? “To grad school or not to grad school” is a question that plagues many young artists, and this week in I Wish I Knew, I talk to Shanelle Leonard, a graduate student at PlayMakers Repertory Company. Shanelle shares her struggles to commit to a life in the arts, her reason behind choosing her school, what is great and what is hard about making the choice to get an MFA, and much more! If you’ve been trying to decide whether grad school is right for you, this interview might give you some insight. Enjoy!
As a high school teacher, I worked with a lot of students to help them prepare for their college and scholarship auditions. And sitting in on audition committees helped shape my perspective even more. While auditioning for colleges is very similar to any other audition, this moment isn’t for a job, but for a mutual investment for the next two to four years. There are some really important things to remember before stepping into that audition room.
You’d be hard-pressed to find an actor that hasn’t practiced (mugged) in the mirror when prepping a role, monologue, or song. And while the mirror is a perfectly natural choice, the problem with the mirror is in the user. It’s human nature for all of us to look ‘where we want to look.’ We look at our hair, our waistline, our arms—we look at the thing we want others to see and appreciate. While in private moments we may look at what we perceive are flaws or imperfections, overall, we are looking in the mirror to find validation.
Enter the camera phone, now capable of greater video and photographic ability than ever before.
Professional stage actor, Rob Richardson, literally saw himself in a role in the musical “The Bridges of Madison County”. In this post, Rob discusses his 5 year journey preparing for the show, auditioning and eventually landing the leading role of Robert Kincaid with the Silicon Valley theatre company, TheatreWorks.
Actors want to be wanted, whether it’s for a role in a play or musical, film, or TV show. But sometimes we want to get that role so badly that we forget to use some common sense and may get ourselves into an iffy situation. Here are five things to watch out for so the only thing you have to worry about is if you get the gig!