Self-Portrait

Hi! My name is Brooke Solan and I’m a junior Musical Theater major at Syracuse University. I chose musical theater as my major because I’ve been singing, dancing, and acting since I was seven years old, and it’s my absolute favorite thing in the world. I think I have a gift for it and it’s my biggest passion so I’ve chosen to study it in school and make it my career path. I’ll be moving to New York City as a part of the Tepper Semester Program for my final semester as a Syracuse student and I plan on living there after I graduate as well. There, I’ll be learning from industry professionals to propel me into my new life as an actor in New York City with as much training and preparation as possible. I plan on auditioning for theater companies mainly, and possibly for film as well in the future. Although my biggest career goal and lifelong dream is to perform in Broadway shows, it is also my goal to just work consistently as a professional actor. Right now, I am also studying to get certified in a voice technique called the Institute of Vocal Advancement in order to be a certified voice instructor as my “survival” occupation while pursuing theater in New York as well.

I think writing is an extremely important part of my career and the study of acting. It’s essential to effectively communicate a point of view and articulate yourself properly when going into an audition, a rehearsal, or any type of interview. This writing class will help me learn more about how to do that. I also think it’s important to research outside sources, analyze what they are trying to communicate, and develop my own perspective on that information through writing. These things will help me open my mind, and expand my understanding of others and their opinions and thoughts. Those skills are important in every occupation though, not just mine. I would also like to learn more about how to do extensive research on high quality sources, and how to determine which sources are the most effective to use in my writing. I believe all these valuable skills will make me a more well-rounded person and improve my communication skills greatly.

I’ve always enjoyed writing, literature, and English; they were my favorite classes in high school. Some of my favorite literature is British, particularly from the 18th and 19th centuries. Wuthering Heights, Tess of the d’Urbervilles, and Pride and Prejudice are just a few of my favorite novels. Through my connection to acting, I’ve discovered more about my deep passion for Shakespeare as well, and the amazing literature he has written. I appreciate his use of language and his incredible, uncanny understanding of the human experience so much. I thoroughly enjoy reading his work, and acting it as well.

 

I’m looking forward to learning more about informing and enhancing my writing and research skills in this class.

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