Picking Out the Perfect Pair: A Guide to Ballet Slippers

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When it comes to picking out ballet slippers, there are several things you want to consider before making your final purchase. It may seem overwhelming at first, but if you know what you are looking for, the process can be easy and fun! Personal preference plays the biggest part in determining which slipper is best for you!

Here are five factors you want to consider when picking out your next pair: (more…)

Getting Actors Ready for Tomorrow

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Recently Wells Fargo Bank released a series of advertisements suggesting that they support science over the arts. Though they have publicly apologized for the advertisements, it’s important to reflect on their tagline “An actor yesterday. A botanist today. Let’s get them ready for tomorrow,” and what it implies.

There seems to be a misconception that art related fields are not “real” work. However, it’s quite the contrary. To be a working artist, that is exactly what one has to do: work hard. This work begins, first and foremost, with training and education. (more…)

Time; An Artists Best Friend Or Worst Enemy

The arts are not as leisurely as one might think. Hard deadlines, quick turn-arounds, long hours, and working in a highly collaborative setting, all combine to create a high stress environment! Often, it seems that time is our own worst enemy. If not managed correctly, issues compound and before you know it your project can get away from you which leads to your productivity dropping and the quality of your work to suffer. Even worse, if the stress leads you to clash with your colleagues you can cause long term damage to your work relationship which will make it harder to collaborate on future projects. Often, we decide it is just easier to quit. While tempting, this is not a healthy solution. Instead, what you may need to do is step back, reevaluate, and perhaps channel your energies in improving your time management skills! (more…)

Crayons and Color Pencils, and Markers, Oh My!

Before starting an art project, it sometimes gets overwhelming choosing a drawing media to work with. What should I use? Crayons vs Markers. Paint vs Color Pencils. The struggle is real! It may be surprising to learn that most drawing media shares a lot in common with each other. However, there are applications where one may have an advantage. Let’s look at a few of the more common drawing media types out there so that choosing one for your next project is a breeze! (more…)

Navigating the Stressful World of Grant Writing

Recently an artsii member reached out to ask us about our opinion on Grants and if we could make any recommendations to help their program get one. Since the conversation was a worthwhile one we decided to create this blog post on it.

What are Grants? By definition they are; “a block of money given by an organization earmarked for individuals, groups, or other organizations that meet their criteria, to enhance a specific component of their programming”. While Grants are a great source of funding for your program, they may not be for everyone as they tend to require a significant amount of research, paperwork, and overcoming a bunch of red tape to win. Before you embark down the road of Grant writing, be sure you are fully prepared to invest a large amount of time in this endeavor! To keep it in perspective, many large non-profits employ full time staff dedicated to Grant writing. Stilled interested? Let look a bit further into the process of securing a grant and give you a fighting shot at winning one! (more…)

Five Minutes to Curtain

“Actors, five minutes to places”. The call goes out across the intercom backstage and in the green room. While the Actors are busy putting the finishing touches on their costumes, the technical staff on the production burst into a flurry of activity not unlike like when NASA Mission Control is about to launch a rocket into space. This is live theatre, there are no redoes! For the next several hours many different departments and people must come together as one to execute perfectly to put on a successful live performance. If you haven’t opened a show (or were present for a rocket launch) it is one of the greatest thrills you can experience! (more…)

Ventriloquism For A Younger Generation

If you did not catch last week’s episode of NBC’s America’s Got Talent, where 12-year-old Darci Lynne Farmer of Oklahoma City took the stage with her bunny puppet, Petunia, to perform a musical ventriloquism act then you missed out on a fantastic performance! She wowed the judges with her act and was even rewarded with a rare “golden buzzer,” which automatically advances her to the live rounds! During the introductions, one of Darci’s most heartwarming responses was when she explained why she chose to do a ventriloquism act; stating, “she really wanted to keep ventriloquism alive because it wasn’t common”.   (more…)

Prepping to Paint: Sizing

So you have decided to paint something. You stretch a new piece of canvas across a frame and think you are ready to go. Not so fast! It is probably smart to “size” your canvas first.

What is sizing? It is the process of applying either a natural or synthetic compound to the painting surface that is absorbed by the fibers of the fabric and seals them. (more…)

8 Tips to Nail Your Next Dance Audition

Congrats on scheduling your next dance audition! It’s time to show off your dance skills and put on your favorite leotard. But before you spin out of control with nerves, get your mind a body prepped so you can dance your best! Whether you are a professional dancer, an actor auditioning for a musical, or a singer auditioning for your high school’s show choir, walking into the audition hall prepared is key to your success. (more…)