Ace Your Next Performance by Practicing Like a Tennis Pro

It has been estimated that a tennis player will run an average of 1.5 kilometers during every hour of match play. Some matches can go as long as 3 hours or more, so that's a fair amount of running around. At first glance it’d seem that tennis players would benefit from a lot of aerobic training to improve their ability to stay fresh deep into long matches. While that’s true, let’s take a closer look at the whole picture. What do we usually do to increase aerobic fitness? We go running, we build…


the most important lesson i learned at oberlin

The Most Valuable Lesson I Learned at Oberlin

I never planned on going to Oberlin, but nevertheless, that’s where I found myself one day as a lost and somewhat bewildered freshperson (yep, “Obies” were fond of their PC language). Oberlin’s liberal crunchy granola-ness threw me for a loop, and I was really turned off by the idealism I found myself surrounded by. A whole campus of folks who thought they could actually change the world? Singlehandedly? Sheesh. The corny recruiting poster that seemed to be everywhere on campus was a frequent…


Use These 7 Key Preparation Tips to Be More Successful at Your Next Audition

Use These 7 Key Preparation Tips to Be More Successful at Your Next Audition

Ah…the beginning of another new year. Full of excitement, promise, hope, and resolutions to be made (and broken…). Many of you have probably already jumped right back into full-blown practice mode, as school auditions are just around the corner. With that in mind, here are some key strategies to incorporate into your preparation for audition season, to reduce audition-day jitters and prepare you to do your best when the moment arrives.


The Disproportionate Power of Baby Steps

The Disproportionate Power of Baby Steps

Did you know that if you eliminate one can of soda per day from your diet and change nothing else, you will have lost about 15 lbs. by this time next year? Or that if every household in the US replaced one 60-watt light bulb with a CFL bulb, the energy saved would power all the homes in Delaware and Rhode Island? That’s nice, but what’s your point? My point is that tiny changes, over time (or multiplied by large numbers) can lead to some pretty big results. Indeed, it is often the seemingly…


How to Change the Way You Feel About Auditions

How to Change the Way You Feel About Auditions

Have you ever heard the phrase “perception is reality?” I read a book the other day in which the author described one such experience. During a ride on the subway, a man and his young children entered and sat down near him. The children were yelling, being rowdy, and disturbing the other passengers, while the man stared off into space, seemingly oblivious to their antics and rudeness. After he had seen enough, the author asked the man if he might do something to control his children's behavior.…