• Entrepreneurial Artists

    For more than 17 years I have been privileged to teach young artists how to manage themselves.

    Yesterday I taught at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where I met the most wonderful group of young people who are training in Musical Theatre and Music Direction .... what a joy it was to work with them and impart some knowledge and hopefully, provoke some thought about their future careers in this industry! Understanding how the business works and how to make a lifelong sustainable career in it is critical to young artists and yet, there are still relatively few courses that take this seriously.

    I was so lucky to work at LIPA when it first opened in 1996 - such an amazing group of talented students and some incredibly inspiring colleagues from whom I learned so much. I count myself as privileged to have met them all and to still have contact with them ... but, it worries me that what was so great about the LIPA experience is still not the norm in higher education. Young artists in training need to be aware of the industry realities, they need to be encouraged to be proactive and to take control of their careers. They need to be multi skilled and versatile.

    I think of many of my ex students who have come so far in working beyond their initial discipline ... dancers who are now fine managers, managers who are now incredible artists actors who are great filmmakers and those who have gone on to do very different things and are doing them well .... that is the joy of teaching. This post is for all of you ..... stay proactive and take every opportunity that comes along ....


    • 1. Nov 25 2011 6:35PM by susanneburns

      Is that you 3rd from left on middle row?

    • 2. Nov 25 2011 7:32PM by John McGee

      Great Picture

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