So you want to get into drama school… Well this is a good place to start. Listed below are some steps to help you with on your journey toward getting into drama school. For some it can take years to get into a drama school, but our overwhelming advice is that it is the best move for any young actor.
I interviewed Chris Edmund, ex-head of acting at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (Hugh Jackman, Jai Courtney). Chris has auditioned hundreds of actors and had some great insights about getting into acting school. For more interviews check out our new podcast.
6 Steps for Drama School Success
It is important to work out whether going to drama school is something you really want to do. It is a big commitment and can be very costly. There is also no guarantee that acting school will help get you work.
Being well prepared is essential, but there are also some important steps to performing a monologue well. Have a look at this article to get some ideas on nailing your monologue.
Picking a great monologue, one that is age appropriate and feels natural, is vital. You want to showcase your acting at its best and most comfortable. We have one of the biggest databases of monologues on the web, so get stuck in.
Hopefully all these links and resources will be of use. If you have any specific questions on how to get into drama school, shoot me an email, and I will endeavour to help you out the best I can.
The best advice I can give is to find a few really good schools you want to try out for, prepare really well, read the plays, know your monologue back to front, and give it your all.
Some other useful resources we have include:
There is no set way to get into drama school. This is a subjective and elusive craft. I have seen people not even get past a first round at one school and then get offered a place at another, using the same monologues.
Unfortunately, sometimes superficial reasons, or other reasons beyond your control are what thwarts your journey forward.
Remember you can always audition several times for drama schools. Most actually prefer this. It shows commitment and it allows you to gain some life experience before entering in on the madness of drama school. Make sure you are also up to date on what is happening around you. Acting teachers love to see that you are passionate about the industry.