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Academic Bulletin Freshman Tutorials - 2009-10 - 9 FT 9

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FT 09-B Making it in the Performing Arts and in Sports

Performing artists and sports stars share a common life that is often perceived as glamorous, but usually entails strenuous training, constant travel, and glaring media inspection. What preparations and conditions pave the way for a successful career in the performing arts or in sports? Why do some careers continue to thrive, even after decades, while others 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 musicians, actors, pop stars, crossover artists, and athletes, past and present, the famous and not so famous. Insights from coaches, playwrights, directors, and film composers will shed light on the lives and trials of well-known artists and athletes. Aspects such as stress management and dealing with performance anxiety will also be considered. This tutorial will include readings from personal accounts by renowned artists and athletes, viewing of pertinent films, and attendance at live performances. Each student will have the opportunity to interview a professional performer or athlete.

Bennett, Lawrence E.
Credits: 1