263: Practical Tips for Becoming a Working Artist in College and Beyond

Are you a high school student who is also an artist — a dancer, actor, designer, video game designer, painter, musician, and more? Are you curious how to use your college education to prepare you for becoming a working artist?

Guest Expert Madison Alexander breaks down how to choose the right arts-focused college, write an appealing application, and what on campus resources will help you build your resume and start getting paid for your art sooner rather than later.

After she shares her personal story about becoming a working artist, Madison enthusiastically answers the following questions:

  • What are key considerations for writing a artistic personal statement for college admission?
  • What are important things to look for in a college when pursuing the arts is a student’s long-term goal?
  • What can students be doing to prepare to enter a career in the arts during their time in college?
  • Lastly, how can parents best support their burgeoning artist throughout this journey?

Madison encourages high school and college artists to read more about her tips via this article on her website. You can also reach out to her via email to ask questions! Her email address is Madisongreer [at] post [dot] harvard [dot] edu.

Madison Alexandra holds an Honors A.B. in English from Harvard University and is the founder of Red Inc, a one-on-one virtual editing service that undergraduate and graduate-level application essays, professional personal statements, and interview prep. Besides her work with Red Inc., she has worked in the educational industry for four years as an instructor in SAT/ACT prep, college essay advisement, and curriculum development for grades 4-12. Madison has also acted as a Harvard alumni interviewer, conducting interviews for admissions. Visit her website at www.inredinc.com.