Resources at Juilliard
By Moscelyne PH
The art world is a financially unstable place. I learned this early on when I professed my love of dance to my parents (who are mixed media photographers). They said “well you had better love it because you won’t make any money!”
In the current political climate and financial state of our time arts funding is scarce, and all artistic employment opportunities are unstable. This prospect of joining a world of uncertainty most definitely causes me some panic, but it also forces me to be open minded and creative about my options for my career.
In my second year of Juilliard we began a short course in Entrepreneurship in the Arts. I was amazed to learn about the opportunities which Juilliard provides young artists financially, as well as the resources they offer in order to help us become our own creative force. I learned how to craft a grant proposal, to layout a budget, and to format my resume. I also learned that my ideas for collaborative projects could culminate to become larger than just ideas! These seeds of ideas are the basis for a career. I am beginning to realize more and more that I probably will not graduate from Juilliard and go into a job that provides 9am-5pm working hours, and a steady pay with benefits. And why should I expect that? Art is not clear cut nor black and white! Every element of an artist’s life is a complex puzzle of challenges and creativity.
I feel more comfortable with this prospect now that I have gained the tools to gracefully ask for help when I need it. Juilliard has an entire department dedicated to helping us develop ourselves as entrepreneurs, a skill that is now just as important as being a fabulous technician, and performer. I have attended lunch and learn sessions led by The Alan D. Marks Center for Career Services and Entrepreneurship, which are focused on creating a resume, grant writing, and talks by alumni on their experience in the real world.
I have also had the chance to apply for grants in career endeavors. Last summer I received a grant to study dance in Vancouver, Canada, and this fall I applied for funds to pay for semi private voice coachings with three other dance majors. I know that I am just at the tip of the iceberg of the services which Juilliard offers. But even just taking advantage of that little tip gives me piece of mind and a confidence to create a future for myself in the art world.