Arts, Film/TV, Music, Theatre, Comedy

The creative arts are among the most collaborative but competitive professions. Careers in these fields focus on performance (actors, dancers, musicians, singer-songwriters), direction and composition (choreographers, composers, directors, writers), technical aspects (sets, lighting, sound), or visual design (graphic designers, title designers, photographers, animators). There is often overlap, e.g. costume designers work in both visual design and technical areas, writer-directors are common, and many choreographers are also performers.

Finding Internships

Internships and apprenticeships are extremely important in the creative arts, providing the opportunity to develop relevant skills and an insider understanding of how the arts industries as well as contacts that could help you land that future employment. Some areas of the performance arts such as acting, music, and dance, offer apprenticeships or special festivals during the summer. For actors, summer can also be a good time to take additional acting classes and submit tapes for open casting calls. Other creative arts fields, such as film and design, offer year-round internships. For those interested in the entertainment industry, the alumni-created and run organization Harvardwood is extremely helpful.

Jake Schwenke, A.B., Art, Film, Visual Studies & Neuroscience

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