Nationally recognized speaker and renowned New York talent scout Peter Sklar will present a lecture for students and their parents at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, at Gahanna Lincoln High School, 140 S. Hamilton Road.

Nationally recognized speaker and renowned New York talent scout Peter Sklar will present a lecture for students and their parents at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, at Gahanna Lincoln High School, 140 S. Hamilton Road.

In "The Sklar Principle," Sklar will explain why his views are in sync with the needs of top New York and Hollywood agents and casting directors, as well as college admission boards and job interviewers in other fields.

"GLHS theater is so excited to be able to host someone of Mr. Sklar's caliber," said Cindi Macioce, Gahanna Lincoln drama teacher. "We are looking forward to gaining knowledge and insights on how to help our students create balance in their lives. I am sure the adults and students who attend will find the information very useful."

Sklar's list of proteges includes Sarah Jessica Parker, Reese Witherspoon and Mischa Barton, along with many current and former Broadway, television and film actors, singers and dancers.

Any career -- in or outside of the arts -- is about two things: self-image and health, according to Sklar.

He argues these qualities outweigh looks, training, connections and even talent, and apply universally.

"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 smart you are, or what you've achieved, or what you look like -- we've already lost interest."

Sklar has a master's degree in education from Harvard University, formal training in concert piano (Juilliard School of Music), and four decades of professional experience.

He's currently developing an original musical based on his experiences titled "The Kid Who Played the Palace," to be directed by William Martin, director of Broadway's "The Lieutenant," nominated for several Tony Awards.

"The Sklar Principle" is open to teenagers, young adults and parents. There is no charge for admission, but reservations are required by calling 614-478-5500.

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