16 drama school students tell us what it's really like to audition
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As the autumn season swoops in so does another audition season at drama schools. Drama UK Accredited schools and Conservatoires represent the highest standards of training; they provide a vocational style training and a direct route to the profession. On average each school gets thousands of applicants each year for very few places; usually around 30. They have rigorous audition procedures, and just auditioning at the schools can cost up to £60. It’s an expensive and daunting venture, so we spoke to those who have done it. Here are some words of wisdom from several 20-somethings, all of whom have made the leap into drama school - and some even beyond. 1. ‘’Be yourself because you are the only one of you!’’ – Rosemary Berkon, Academy of Live and Recorded Arts 2. ‘’You have to have confidence in yourself and what you’re doing and just take on whatever they throw at you however crazy it seems! Being yourself is so important also.’’ – Monica Young, Drama Studio London 3. ‘’My usual resort is f*** it, as in what have I got to lose let's just go crazy!’’ – April Collette Wells, East 15 Acting School 4. "Drama school auditions are simultaneously one if the most stressful things, but the key is to not stress. After three years of it, i'd gotten over the nerves and fears and everything that everyone faces and just did it, and here I am on a BA" – Ben Reid, Italia Conti 5. ‘’Don't take yourself too seriously at an audition; if you enjoy yourself and relax this will come across so much better in your performance.’’ – Amelia Mulcahy, Academy of Live and Recorded Arts 6. ‘’Don’t take it personally if you doesn’t get a place... they're always looking for something each time, (it) doesn't mean you're not talented!! Try again and again until you get a place and use their feedback to build you up for next audition.’’ – Rakel Sigurðardóttir, Drama Studio London
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