Ryan Zatcoff, TMU contributor and senior at Hofstra University

The time has finally come for my final TMU article. I honestly cannot believe how fast this semester has gone by! To everyone who has been reading my column every week, thank you! I hope that you have been able to learn something new from what you read. For my last post, I wanted to give advice to high school students who are considering a major or minor in the arts, whether in performing, administration, marketing, or any other arts field.

1.) Take Risks - In Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods a lyric says, "Opportunity is not a lengthy visitor." When an opportunity comes along, take it even if it seems risky. Sometimes when you take a risk, the payoff is the most rewarding. If you decide to pursue performing as a major, you will be encouraged to take risks as often as possible.

2.) Work Hard - The four years you spend in college are meant to perfect and enhance your craft. If you are fully dedicated and work hard, you are sure to learn and gain more. Don't get me wrong, there will definitely be classes you like more than others, but that doesn't make the less interesting classes less important.

3.) Be Well-Rounded - Whether you are a theater major or minor, you should still strive to be well-rounded. The more you know and experience, the better off you will be. This is your time to learn as much as possible; take advantage of your resources! Audition for everything, apply for internships, and network yourself as much as possible.

4.) Stay Informed - Stay up to date on the changes in the theater industry. Whether it is through checking the most recent news or being a frequent audience member, staying informed and educated is important. To do this, I read industry news and see live theater. The more I read and see, the more I can learn and apply to my passion for the arts and marketing.

5.) Enjoy Yourself - Honestly, I feel that this is the most important piece of advice I can offer any high school student considering a theater minor/major. The main reason why students choose theater as a career path is because of how passionate they are about the arts. In school it's easy to forget about that passion when you are constantly weighed down with exams, papers, and lines to memorize. However, never forget why you are there. Always remember that theater is your passion, and you should always be enjoying yourself on some level.

Thank you again to everyone who has been reading my column every week. Each article has been a pleasure to write, knowing that I could be helping or educating at least one person. I encourage everyone to check out TMU next semester, because I am sure this blog is going to continue to grow and reach more theater students across the country!

Quote of the Week:

"This is your life. Yeah, it's cliché. But it's all you talk about, all damn day. So don't you go now and throw it all away. This is your life, you're gonna be okay."

Ryan Scott Oliver and Kirsten Guenther, The Battery's Down