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Never Let the Fear of Striking Out Keep You From Playing the Game

February 17, 2017

by Tyrone Hodges

Although we are not considered a performing arts school, there’s no denying the major presence of the arts on the Purchase College campus. The conservatories do a wonderful job with cultivating our students into the best artists they can be, but applying to them can be very difficult since it can be kind of a scary process. Scary to the point where you may feel like you aren’t up to the challenge and you end up choosing another major entirely, denying yourself the possibility of going after what you originally wanted. To that, I have but one piece of advice for you, taken directly from A Cinderella Story: “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.”

Auditioning for any arts program can be terrifying, but if it’s what you love, you have to be willing to take that leap of faith. I myself am a dancer and am training to be a professional dancer, but because of outside influences (and just plain-old self-doubt) I didn’t audition for dance at any school. It’s the one thing about my application process that I wish I could go back and redo. I have found ways to work around my decision and continue working on my craft, but it pales in comparison to what I could be doing, had I auditioned for a dance program.

To be clear, this post is not intended to make you feel sorry for me, but to help you if you may be experiencing what I did those years ago. As an artist, you must always be willing to take risks, and choosing to major in your art is definitely one of them. The experience you gain when accepted easily transcends any fear that you may have had. Fear is temporary, art is forever; take the risk, take the chance, and do what you were meant to do.