13 ways to make a career out of what you love

Week before last I attended a Master’s workshop through the Tisch Creative Research Department. What an experience! It was a three-day intensive “course” presented by   Dana Whitco, Jill Sigman and Indah Walsh. Basically, we went over everything you’d need to know in order to survive in the world of dance. All of the nitty gritty details, you never want to talk about. I do believe these principles are applicable to ALL aspects of life. I feel like I was there to learn how to be a better human, along with improving myself as an artist, creator and educator.

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Topics we covered:

How to create – A Career in the Arts

Marketing 101

Making Dance in, with, and for Communities

Learning about Paths of TISCH MFA Dance Alumni

Meeting major NYC resources who can help “make, share and fund artistic work”

Teaching! Options and Choices

Financial Literacy

Catch Up with MFA colleagues

Funding 101

Balancing Art, Work, Family, Travel and Everything Else

Thinking about New Collaboration & Contacts

Radical Self-Care

& much more!

I never thought I could be so mentally exhausted and fulfilled at the same time. I’ve also never been so immersed in something in my whole life! The amount of resources we had right at our fingertips was unbelievable. I couldn’t believe I was having one on one conversation’s with people like the Dean of Tisch School of the Arts, Director of                City Center & Gibney Dance, and numerous well-known choreographers, collaborators, producers, and teachers of dance.

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photo by CPRowe Photography

Here are my major take-aways:

-It is important to get comfortable with talking about money.

-Pursuit of a passion can happen in any location, whether you find it or you work to create it.

-Being an advocate for yourself in your art and in life is crucial. No one else is going to do it for you.

-Self-care is often a last priority, but it should never be overlooked.

-The balancing act is always difficult but it is possible. Know when to say no, and when to move forward. Whatever that means for YOU.

-Knowing your boundaries.

-Building communities should be a centered around what we do. Knowing your audience is a huge part of marketing the work being put out.

-Develop your own artistic voice, before making any kind of proposal.

-Think outside the box when it comes to collaboration.

-Teaching can be approached in many mediums. It is important to facilitate success for each individual. It’s not all about you in this moment. A kind of shared learning between teacher and student is best.

-The right job for you is out there. There is so much to do within and around the arts: advocacy, educator, performer, choreographer, administration and so on.

-Making art that matters can only widen the view on your work.

-Realizing that what you do matters!

 

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LET’S TALK! I’d love to discuss these topics or anything related to the arts and LIFE in more depth. Email me! Comment below. Message me at anytime. Let’s share.

Again, HUGE thank you to Dana, Jill, Indah and Jessica Mantell for making this possible and available to us. It has proven to be the most valuable information I’ve received in the last year of my schooling. Make sure to click on their names above to find out more about who they are, and how much they have already come to mean to me.

Until next time,

STS

sydney.t.soren@gmail.com

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