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The performing arts field focuses on using the body, an instrument, or voice to convey messages and emotions. This can include dance and movement, music creation and performance, and acting and technical theater. Professionals in this field spend much of their time training, practicing, and collaborating with other artists toward the final performance product.
Organizations that hire performers include:
A career in artistic performance has a unique application process in that it mainly relies upon auditioning and is highly competitive. While personal talents will shine through during auditions, competitions, and performances, it is also important to develop an online portfolio of previous work with video and audio files as you create your brand. Students should consider joining their respective artist union to expand networks, learn of opportunities, and continue to practice their craft over a long period of time. For those interested in solo performance careers or joining the film and television industry, getting a talent manager or belonging to an agency can help speed up the process for finding opportunities and jobs.
Students at Chapman University had an opportunity to host Jorma Taccone, a producer, director, actor, and author to discuss his career and creativity experiences. He discussed the start of his career, his time at Saturday Night Live (SNL), and the …
By Ashley Eady
The transferable skills music majors gain extend past the creative realm. In fields unrelated with music, a music degree can be extraordinarily valuable