FT 06-C Making It In The Performing Arts
Larry Bennett, Dapartment of Music
What preparations and conditions pave the way for a successful career in the performing arts? Why do some careers continue to thrive, even after decades, while other falter? in this tutorial, we will examine the changing circumstances and personal qualities that influence the curves of performers' careers. Students will investigate the struggles, successes, and failures of outstanding classical musicians (Joshua Bell, Lang Lang, Placido Domingo) actos (Angelina Jolie, Charlize Theron, Sean Penn, Colin Farrell), pop stars and groups (Josh Groben, Bruce Springsteen, Radiohead) and cross-over artists (Miles Davis, Philip Glass) past and present, the famous and not so famous. Students interested in sports may also consider the careers of well-known athletes (Nolan Ryan, Peyton Manning, Lance Armstrong). Insights from playwrights, directors, and film composers like Neil Simon, Clint Eastwood, and Tan Dun, respectively, will shed light on the lives and trial of well-known artists. In particular, Simon's life will be compared with other American playwrights such as Eugene O'Neil. Aspects such as stress managment and dealing with performance anxiety will also be considered. This tutorial will include reading from personal accounts by renowned artists, viewing pertinet films, and attending live performances.