Peter Sklar, New York Talent Scout, to Speak On Getting Started in the Arts


WHERE: Hamilton High School 1165 Eaton Avenue, Hamilton, Ohio

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED: (513) 887-4816 (Hamilton City School District Fine Arts Office)


We are pleased to present renowned New York talent scout, Peter Sklar, in the Hamilton Rotary Auditorium at Hamilton High School on Sunday, December 7th at 2:00 p.m. He will present a free lecture on how to earn a living working in the performing arts industry. His lecture, “Getting Started in the Arts” is free for aspiring teen dancers, singers, and actors and their parents. Sklar will explain why his views are in synch with the needs of top New York and Hollywood agents and casting directors.

“Getting Started in the Arts” is open to teenagers, young adults, older children, and parents. There is no charge for admission, but reservations are strictly required. Nobody under age seven (7) will be admitted with or without a parent, and nobody under age eighteen (18) will be admitted without their own mother or father. (Please note carefully that attending with a substitute temporary guardian, such as a friend’s parent, will not be permissible.)

Peter Sklar knows a thing or two about helping aspiring child stars achieve  success. His list of protégés includes Sarah Jessica Parker, Reese Witherspoon, and Mischa Barton,to name a few, along with many current and former Broadway, TV, and film actors, singers and dancers.

Reality shows such as American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance have springboarded some of the most talented kids in the nation into super stardom. But with so much available talent, what really sets one kid apart from another? According to Sklar, an arts career is about two things: self-image and health. He argues that these qualities outweigh looks, training, connections, and even talent.

“The people who sit behind the table are trying to decide two things: do they like you, and do they believe you,” Sklar tells young audiences. “If you don’t feel good mentally and physically, you won’t open up and show us who you really are. When that happens- no matter how good you are, how pretty, or who you know- we’ve already lost interest.”

Alluding to a dramatic rise in self-destructive behavior, such as smoking, drinking, drugs, and eating disorders among so-called “happy” teens, Sklar marvels at how often these activities secretly co-exist with good grades, good behavior, and virtually every other outward sign of stability. “The kids I interview are the smartest and most talented- the highest achievers in the nation,” proclaims Sklar. “And they’re too often the most unhappy, unhealthy, and least employable.”

Sklar boasts an Ivy League pedigree, (Masters Degree in Education from Harvard University), formal training in concert piano, (Juilliard School of Music), and four decades of professional experience. He’s been the subject of multiple feature-length articles in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News, Kansas CityStar and numerous others, was interviewed on E! True Hollywood Story, appeared as a guest expert on Donahue, and has had his work presented on the Bravo Channel, Good Morning America, and every major national television network.

He’s currently developing an original musical based on his experiences entitled “The Kid Who Played the Palace”, to be directed by William Martin, (Broadway’s “The Lieutenant”, recipient of five Tony Award nominations).

Peter Sklar

Peter Sklar