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Show Me The Talent!

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 12.10.2014 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

By all accounts there is an increase in gifted applicants to performing arts college programs, and an increase in the level of preparedness. This speaks well for the students themselves, and the families who support them in pursuing their dreams of a career in the performing arts. Good work!

Shortage of Spotlights for Actors

Jillian Sanders | Posted 11.19.2014 | Arts
Jillian Sanders

When I moved to New York in 2003 I had big dreams; acting in Broadway plays, scoring a breakthrough role in a small film, and generally becoming the next Meryl Streep. But after a few humbling auditions, I realized I couldn't pay my rent with my ambition.

Shocking: Stage Moms vs. NFL's Manning Family

Denice Duff | Posted 12.21.2014 | Entertainment
Denice Duff

From Shirley Temple to Drew Barrymore, young girls have loved to dress up and entertain. I'm going out on a limb here when I say stage moms are like cosmetic surgery, you only really notice the bad ones...

What You Might Not Know About Auditions (But Should)

Kate McClanaghan | Posted 12.06.2014 | Arts
Kate McClanaghan

Careful what you wish for - you might just get it. Most talent, when they are just starting out, wish for "just one audition," or "just one job," or even "just one talent agent." And they end up getting just one agent, just one audition, or just one job! Just one.

The Dominant Medium: Television

Kate McClanaghan | Posted 10.06.2014 | Arts
Kate McClanaghan

What's that? You've been meaning to catch up on Mad Men, Breaking Bad and House of Cards but you don't really watch much TV?

Actress Lindsey Morgan - From General Hospital to The 100

Ilana Rapp | Posted 08.24.2014 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

It's not an easy task for an actor to transition between evening prime time and daytime television, yet Lindsey Morgan pulls it off without effort. Oh! Let's add the combination of beauty, humor and determination...

A Letter to the Mom Who Smacked Her Kid Because She Was Afraid to Audition

Amy Lord | Posted 07.12.2014 | Parents
Amy Lord

I explained the process of meeting agents, taking classes and auditioning in my best age appropriate language. My daughter was over the moon with excitement and couldn't wait to get out there and hit the pavement. Point is, I listened.

A Jock In Hollywood: The Westside

Tony Cavalero | Posted 10.29.2013 | Comedy
Tony Cavalero

It's a Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. and I'm sipping a cookies and cream protein shake while sitting in a sea of red brake lights on Crescent Heights.

A Jock in Hollywood: The Canyon

Tony Cavalero | Posted 10.10.2013 | Comedy
Tony Cavalero

I need to blow off some steam and where better to head than to LA's hottest FREE hotspot, Runyon Canyon? It's LA's equivalent to Everest's base camp: a smorgasbord of dogs, celebs, trannies, sweaty shirtless bods, gangsters, strollers, and every cliché LA has to offer.

Decision-making and Performance Under Pressure

Marc Schoen, Ph.D. | Posted 09.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Marc Schoen, Ph.D.

Accept that pressure related discomfort is normal. The goal is not to banish it. If we seek to exterminate it, we only make our fear of pressure greater. Practice being more accepting of pressure related discomfort.

Carolina Moreno

EXCLUSIVE: Disney In Search Of The Next Selena Gomez

HuffingtonPost.com | Carolina Moreno | Posted 06.06.2013 | Latino Voices

Disney is looking for the next Selena Gomez -- and it's starting in Southern California. In an exclusive statement to HuffPost, the company announ...

The Pleasure and Pain of Rejection

Leslie Goshko | Posted 07.14.2013 | Comedy
Leslie Goshko

At one time or another we've all felt the bitch-slap of rejection, I'm no exception. The following are some excerpts from rejection letters I've recently received.

I Didn't Choose This Career. It Chose Me.

Kim Witman | Posted 01.28.2013 | Arts
Kim Witman

Our month-long cross-country search for next season's singers has drawn to a close. There were plenty of nervous auditionees, ten thousand miles on planes and trains, a dodged hurricane, many memorable people and much great music.

Five Minutes to Stardom

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 01.16.2013 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

Thinking of those dreaded auditions, I thought I might share some tales from the trade. It also might encourage those who may feel rejected or that they didn't do so well well, since I still was able to make a great career in spite of myself.

Apples, Boots, Neti Pots, Water Burps & Rocket Surgery

Kim Witman | Posted 12.29.2012 | Arts
Kim Witman

We're halfway through our 8-city audition tour, and both posts feature answers that the singers in our waiting rooms submitted via anonymous surveys.

So You Want to Be an Opera Singer

Kim Witman | Posted 12.22.2012 | Arts
Kim Witman

We're auditioning 500 singers, looking for a couple dozen for next year's company. And meanwhile, we're trying to find out what makes these aspiring professional musicians tick.

The Strangest Job Interview

Kim Witman | Posted 12.19.2012 | Arts
Kim Witman

You buzz your lips like you're making tugboat noises to your favorite (only) baby nephew. Maybe you sing a snippet of something to calm your nerves. The crazy thing? You are totally not the only person singing in a stall in this particular restroom.

What Success Looks (and Sounds) Like

Kim Witman | Posted 11.25.2012 | Arts
Kim Witman

Too often, people who work exclusively with young professionals lose sight of the ultimate goal and think that excelling in our training environments is the same as possessing the goods to win in the world at large. Fatal mistake.

Leaving the Apartment: Was it Worth It?

Monica Wyche | Posted 09.19.2012 | Parents
Monica Wyche

Two days ago, I wrestled with the Ergo baby carrier, our infant son successfully secured inside, and headed out to walk our dog. It marked the first t...

WATCH: Guess Who!

Posted 07.06.2012 | Entertainment

Today from the annals of the internet: A super scary Gerard Butler trying out for the role of Dracula, in "Dracula 2000," which was released in the ye...

The Waiting Room

Iliza Shlesinger | Posted 05.21.2012 | Los Angeles
Iliza Shlesinger

Wait on calls, wait for auditions, wait on customers. All actors are professional "waiters." Fortunately, there are plenty of activities to distract you from the fact that you're waiting because L.A. is the world's largest waiting room.

Joan Rivers Vs. Stage Moms On 'Joan & Melissa'

Posted 05.06.2012 | TV

Anybody who's seen stage moms know that they can get into intense arguments over the most benign things. On "Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best" (Tue., 9...

To Compete or Not to Compete

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 04.20.2012 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

As a singer, vocal competitions are a necessary way of gaining notoriety and funding. I was never really a competition winner. Even still, I had a twenty-year career at the Met.

Lucas Kavner

How Malick Built A Family In 'Tree Of Life'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucas Kavner | Posted 08.10.2011 | Arts

While a great deal of attention has been paid to the asteroids, opera, dinosaurs, and lava-spewing volcanoes that pepper long stretches of Terrence Ma...

Performers: Rock Your World

Fern Siegel | Posted 07.12.2011 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Since 2004, Sherri Sanders has taught performers at Pace University, Syracuse University and the Paper Mill Playhouse to treat the rock musical audition with the same care as legitimate musical theater.