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Why My Son’s High School Counselor Couldn’t Help With College Theatre Auditions!

As the mother of a theatre kid, I know the pain of going through the college audition process up close and personal. It is not a feat for the weak of heart! Why is this process so difficult and why aren’t high school counselors and teachers better equipped to guide their students on this journey? When my son was a senior we met with his guidance counselor early in the school year to discuss his college visits as he was most… Continue Reading

I Auditioned For Chicago Unifieds And This Is How I Survived!

In a few weeks, it will be my first anniversary of attending Chicago Unifieds as an auditionee. Unifieds has always been a very intimidating place theatre students attend in the audition process. The idea of nonstop auditions for 3-5 days in a row for countless, high-ranking musical theatre programs can seem daunting and exhausting. It is essential you know WHAT and HOW to prepare for attending Chicago, or any audition for that matter. The absolute #1 thing I took away from… Continue Reading

A Mom’s Guide To Navigating National Unified Auditions!

Navigating National Unified Auditions can be overwhelming for any young aspiring performer. For a parent, Unifieds can take you through a range of emotion from fear and anger to overwhelming joy and pride. As parents we not only believe our children are capable of anything they put their minds to, we also take empathy to another level. When your child is afraid or feels rejected, you feel it tenfold. When someone hurts them, you want to roar like a mama bear… Continue Reading

Top 7 Questions Parents Want to Know About the College Audition Process

When do we need to start actively working on the college audition process? What is the timeline? Now. No really, now. If your student is even thinking about a college career in the performing arts, you should be thinking about what you can be doing to prepare them for that. Weekly dance classes, voice lessons, acting classes, and performing arts summer programs are all things you should be making sure are part of your students regular schedule. It’s time to… Continue Reading

Diary Of A Performing Arts Mom: You’re Gonna Miss This

Dear Diary, I dropped him off at school. The 8-hour drive home was filled with tears and adjusting has been harder than I imagined it would. I am getting used to not seeing his face every day or hearing him yell “Mom” where’s my…..? I can’t help but be reminded of a country song and its poignant lyrics. You’re Gonna Miss This…. You’re gonna miss this You’re gonna want this back You’re gonna wish these days hadn’t gone by so fast These are some… Continue Reading

Preparation Is Key To College Auditions

As a college professor with a thriving Musical Theatre program, I watch hundreds of auditions every year.  I see every level of preparation that range from perfection to a giant question mark.  If you’re a high school student trying to sort through the application and audition process for an assortment of college performance programs, there are a good many things you need to know.   Performance programs are not like any other major. They are anything but straight forward. Every program… Continue Reading

How To Be Yourself In Auditions

On Stage Don’t try to become another person on stage. First, believe that YOU are enough. Then, realize that you are in a safe environment where instead of BECOMING another character… you simply show another side of YOURSELF that you typically don’t let the world (or yourself) see. Embrace the idea of learning something about yourself in every role that you play. This is what makes Theatre a therapeutic art form and gives you the ability to fully embody a sense of… Continue Reading

Summer “To Do” List For Seniors

It’s tempting to take the summer off after a very busy Junior year of HS, but using this time wisely will help make a very busy fall college application/audition season a little more manageable. Below is Alison’s suggested “To Do” list for the summer before your senior year. Research Summer is a great time to research colleges and theatre programs. Learn the differences between BA and BFA programs, find out which schools will allow you to double-major, find schools that offer minors… Continue Reading

Tips For The Perfect Pre-Screen

The requirements for college auditions change every year! As the competition for top tier programs continue to increase, the days of simply signing up to audition and getting a slot are fading. A growing number of colleges require  a pre-screen video to determine if they want you to come and actually audition for their program. As those numbers continue to increase, having a professional pre-screen video is critical. Prescreen Requirements Know what the prescreen requirements are from the school(s) you’re planning to… Continue Reading

Diary Of A Performing Arts Mom

Dear Diary: If I only knew then what I know now! I’ve realized the most valuable lessons are not taught, they’re experienced. This has been a crazy year full of ups and downs, highs and lows; now we are at the finish line. My son has made a commitment to his dream school and soon he will begin a new chapter. When I look back over this past year, I ask myself, is there anything I would have done differently? The short… Continue Reading

The Changing Landscape Of Training For College Auditions

Performing arts training has traditionally been a brick and mortar business, but the marketplace is changing. An evolving demographic of customers in conjunction with the boom of e-commerce and digital platforms has created a new space for teachers in the arts. People now research and shop differently for goods and services. 8 in 10 Americans are doing business online and almost 9 out of 10 U.S. consumers say they would pay more to ensure a superior customer experience. How does that impact performing… Continue Reading

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