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  • Audition Resources for Actors & Singers

    Audition Resources for Actors & Singers

    Making your way in the performing arts world can be daunting. Finding auditions in your city, for your voice type, in your budget is a key step in nailing a role. Here are some resources to help you navigate the wild and often wooly world of “making it”.

  • Opera Singers’ Secrets to Traveling Well

    Opera Singers’ Secrets to Traveling Well

    October 26, 2014 Opera singers are often away from home for the majority of the year.  I’m finding myself traveling a lot these days, sometimes one trip per week! On a recent flight to a concert engagement, I quizzed my fellow singer-soloists about their best travel tips. Here is the first installment.

  • Discount Dance Stores

    Discount Dance Stores

    Leotardi www.leotardi.com Leotardi designs, manufactures and sells custom, made-to-order dancewear  uniforms, outfits and accessories for dance classes, drill teams, pep squads,  professional dance troupes and other groups. Discount Dance Supply www.discountdance.com 1-800-328-7107 DancersWarehouse Dancerswarehouse.com 877-31-DANCE Top brands, biggest names in dance all at a 25% discount of regular retail. Tango Rouge Ballroom Dancewear tangorougeballroomdancewear.com Premier Collection…

  • Money Management – Where Is Your Money Really Going?

    Money Management – Where Is Your Money Really Going?

    Leaving the cozy security of college life and jumping into the performing arena can be daunting even for the brightest of talents. If you have no idea how you’re going to pay for your next lesson or audition trip, how can you pursue your career? Where is your money really going?  Tracking your expenses is essential to beginning and…

  • Affordable ground transportation for NYC area airports

    Auditioning in NYC? Visiting for the first time? Finding affordable ground transportation to and from the area airports is easier than it used to be, though it requires some research and planning to go smoothly. There are many airport transportation alternatives to an expensive taxi ride or begging a ride from the one friend you…

  • A Newbie’s Guide to Opera Auditions

    Basic information for what to expect and how to prepare your best for opera auditions, including protocol for “crashing” and audition without an appointment.

  • Reproducing your photo

    Just as there are many photographers to choose from, there are many ways and places to get your valuable headshots reproduced. How many you get printed is determined by how you will distribute your shot.

  • Finding a Photographer

    Finding a Photographer

    Finding a photographer to do your headshots is a very personal and important choice.  In New York City and Los Angeles, there are hundreds of headshot photographers to choose from. How do you get the most bang for your buck?

  • Headshots

    Every performing artist needs a publicity photo–-singers, actors, dancers, instrumentalists, conductors, pianists, musical groups, models, even teachers, coaches and consultants can benefit from a good “headshot.”

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