How to Get Your First Dance Gig

Marshall Ayers Career Advice, Dance, How To, Performing Arts

You’ve spent years training, taking classes, rehearsing and performing, and you’re finally ready to start auditioning for a professional dance gig! Congratulations! Of course, you go to auditions to show off your dance skills, but there are a lot of things you can do before and after your turn to increase your chances of getting hired. We’ve seen lots of …

Five Reasons All Artists Should Vote

Marshall Ayers Beyond, Career Advice, College, Getting Started, High School, Opportunities, Sponsors, Student Resources

Are you an artist, performer or part of the creative work force? Do you vote? Election season is here and unfortunately you may hear artist friends saying, “I don’t vote. What difference does it make?” Or maybe you’ve found yourself wondering if your voice matters, if your vote matters. I believe every single voice matters and it’s up to us …

CSSSA College Connection Visits Cornish College of the Arts

Marshall Ayers Acting, College, Conservatory, Performing Arts, Performing Arts, Student Resources

Pablo Lopez has found his college fit at Cornish. Life is very rarely a straight line from point A to point B, but more often a zig-zag path that weaves in and out of one’s sight-line. Nothing could be truer than for Pablo Lopez, currently attending Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA. After attending University of California Davis …

Ten Ways to Know a Quality Teen Arts Program

Marshall Ayers High School, Parent/Educator, Performing Arts, Student Resources, Summer Program, Visual Arts

How do you gauge the quality of a teen arts program? Teen arts programs seem to be everywhere these days from your local community center to after school camps, but how do you know which programs will be the best for you? What questions should you ask before signing up? I’m Glenna Avila, Wallis Annenberg Director of Youth Programs and …

CSSSA College Connection Visits New York University

Marshall Ayers Acting, Performing Arts, Playwriting, Student Resources

 Meet Chelsea Barker Chelsea’s career in theatre started in 7th grade when she volunteered to be a stage manager. In high school, she also “played boys” because that’s what you do when you go to an all girls Catholic School. She even played a lobster in Alice In Wonderland and “yes, there were no actual lobsters written for the original …

Artist Lily Simonson Explores Deep Sea

Marshall Ayers Art, Artist Profiles, Career Advice, Drawing & Painting, Tips, Visual Arts

  Lily Simonson’s large-scale paintings and drawings of obscure organisms and newly-explored environments immerse viewers in uncanny scenes that are at once naturalistic and otherworldly. She frequently embeds in scientific expeditions to explore and paint her subjects in situ. Simonson spent three months SCUBA diving and camping in Antarctica as the 2014-15 National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers Awardee. She has also served as the resident artist …

How to Launch Your Creative Project Now

Marshall Ayers Acting, Career Advice, Film, Getting Started, How To, Performing Arts, Tips

Actor and director Charlie Kennedy shares his tips for turning your dream creative project into a reality. One of my favorite college professors said: “why make something easy, when it can be fun?” That’s a pretty good description of the spirit in which any creative project is done. Now that I’m out of college, I know first hand that getting …

LA <3 YoungArts

Marshall Ayers Events, Performing Arts, Student Resources, Visual Arts, Writing

Young Artists from LA to Participate in Regional Program Offered by National YoungArts Foundation. Los Angeles area teen artists will be feeling the love post Valentine’s Day, February 16-21 when YoungArts comes to town. Over 100 talented students from throughout LA who have been designated National YoungArts Foundation 2016 YoungArts winners will have the opportunity to experience an intensive, week-long …

CSSSA College Connection Visits Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Marshall Ayers College, Drawing & Painting, Getting Into College, High School, Sponsors, Student Resources, Summer Program, Visual Arts, Visual Arts

Meet Chuck Chuck Alston attended California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA) in 2013 and studied painting. He is currently a freshman at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in Philadelphia. Growing up in Richmond, CA in the San Francisco Bay Area, Chuck knew from a very young age that art was part of his identity and …