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Applying in the Creative Arts? Get the Scoop on Auditions, Portfolios And More

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You've read extensively about SAT scores, GPAs and class ranks, but if you're pursuing the creative arts, there may be quite a bit more to the application process. Portfolios, auditions, interviews and presentations are typically required and can sometimes be extensive.

If you're passionate about a particular art discipline, the hard work and preparation that go into nailing your audition or presentation will be worth every minute because you'll get to pursue your most enduring interest, says Heather Johnson, who earned a master's in music and is now a percussion specialist at Centennial High School in Frisco, Texas. Getting to that point will, however, take some hard work.

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