Ok so you have auditioned
or are currently auditioning for the top drama schools? The window of opportunity is closing and you are not getting that much success and you are starting to wonder what you are actually going to do next year? Do you travel and help build irrigation in Mogadishu? Work as a Barista in your local coffee shop to get money? Go back to your youth theatre and play at the big fish? Possible choices but there is another, probably more useful option. A good choice would be to look at a 1 year acting course that will train you up to the standard you need to be to actually succeed at auditioning next year. There are plenty of courses out there but you really have to find the right one with the correct focus. The majority of the courses at major Drama Schools are very general and the focus isn’t on getting you on to the next step in your training. You need to look for a course that will give you a specific training and portfolio to increase your chances of getting onto a 3 yr BA course at one of the big Drama Schools. A key thing to do is look at their success rate. Here at The Dorset School of Acting over 97% of our students got into places in the best acting schools in the UK like RADA, LAMDA, RCSSD, BOVTS, RBC, E15, ALRA, Arts Ed, Italia Conti etc. so you know that you are in good hands! But why should you bother? There is no funding and surely it would be better to get some more performing experience wouldn’t it? Not necessarily! First of all if you do continue to perform you could be just embedding the bad habits that meant you didn’t get into Drama School in the first place also you are not really developing your experience if you just go back to what you were doing before.
On the right course you will be prepared for your auditions, you will be helped to find the right speech for you, you will also be in training everyday so you will be developing your skills. Not only that but as you will be in Drama School constantly when you go to auditions you will be in your comfort zone, relaxed and prepared for everything, the perfect state to present yourself in your best light. Doing further training between audition years also helps with the perennial question in the interview….what have you been doing since you last auditioned. It shows that you are committed to improving your craft and are a serious proposition for a Drama School.
All in all the right Drama School 1 year course will be an investment and will put you in a better position if you are not fortunate enough to get into Drama School the first, second, third or forth time!
The Dorset School of Acting’s 1 year Diploma Course in Acting & Musical Theatre is based on the first year of a BA Acting and prepares it’s students for all the aspects of auditioning for accredited Drama Schools. DSA also run a fully funded 2 yr Sixth Form vocational course in Acting.
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