We had the good fortune of connecting with Paige Borowski and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Paige, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Over the length of my teaching career, I have worked with hundreds of young artists that all, come high school, approach me with their questions about collegiate performing arts. Each dancer I work with has, not only a unique list of desires and needs in a college experience, but also a distinctive developing artistic voice that is crucial to place in the correct pre-professional environment. I soon realized that I was not just able to answer their questions, provide experience-supported advice, assist them with their entire application and audition process, but also develop a profound passion for supporting the next generation of creators as they achieve their personal goals while simultaneously enhancing the future of the arts as a whole.
Before, Collegiate Arts Prep, these kind of resources were unavailable to young dancers, leaving many feeling confused and craving guidance. Having been so fortunate as to learn from some of the world’s greatest minds and masters at Juilliard, I felt a profound obligation to help. I strove to create a place where young artists could not only feel supported throughout their collegiate application process, but also learn and grow as they prepare in their high school years. From here, Collegiate Arts Prep was born.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Collegiate Arts Prep (CAP) is a newly launched college consulting agency operated entirely FOR artists, BY artists. We work with students, grades 7th-12th, to give them the proper tools, training, resources, and guidance necessary to help them reach their highest collegiate goals in the arts..
Many young artists approaching the horizon that is college can feel an overwhelming amount of confusion or anxiety surrounding the decision of if/where to continue their craft. In the past, resources to help aid this decision have not always been available to them. After seeing a countless number of my students struggle, and experiencing this need in my own college arts search, I felt a profound obligation to meet it.
Since launching Collegiate Arts Prep, I have received an outpouring of support for its mission. It has not been an easy feat navigating the task of starting my own business, but the most important lesson I’ve learned from it all is to trust in your own vision and to exercise extreme patience. Businesses take time to develop, expand, and morph into their greatest potential. It is essential to recognize and work towards this, while simultaneously staying focused on exactly where you are now.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
One of the reasons I love Los Angeles is because there are an infinite and incredibly diverse amount of things to do, places to go, and people to meet. When I am not working, I love trying out new workout studios around the city. Some of my favorites are Pilates Platinum in Venice, Sweat Yoga in Manhattan Beach, and Hot 8 Yoga in Sherman Oaks. I also love hanging out or catching up on some work at local coffee shops like Go Get ‘Em Tiger and Urth Caffe. There are so many places I love to just walk around shopping and enjoying on my days off in Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and Playa Vista. The hiking is incredible in the Pacific Palisades and Hollywood Hills and I never miss a chance to get up there on clear days! For dinner, because there are so many incredible choices for every occasion and every price point, it is a favorite of mine to try somewhere new whenever I can. I love exploring Little Tokyo, Venice, and West Hollywood especially for hidden gems.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate this Shoutout Series Feature to each of my students. Every single student that I have had the pleasure of working with throughout my teaching career has had a profound impact on me as not just an educator, but as a human being, Their fierce love and dedication to this beautiful art of dance serves as a constant source of inspiration for me as I strive to evolve in every aspect of my life. I make the daily effort to be the best version of myself, both in and outside the studio, so as to provide them with the most successful resources, opportunities, training and mentorship. To my students, you are the reason I have created what I have, and I thank you today and always.
In addition, I would be nowhere without the continuous support of my family and loved ones. They are my anchor amongst the churning storm that life can feel like at times. They are my heroes and my champions that I could never repay. I am forever in awe and gratitude of your patience, unwavering support, and belief in me. I love you to the moon and back, again.
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First Two Photos – Photos by Delaney Finnegan. Teaching dancers of Project 21 Headshot – Photo by Matt Lorenz