Just ran my audition speeches past my course tutor. It is an audition requirement to show usually two speeches; one modern (20th Century onwards) and one 'classical' (Shakespearian or Jacobean), and also have a number learnt in reserve to show in the event of a recall.
I have spent the Summer choosing, learning and working on a number, but have not shown them to anyone until today. It tends to be a lot easier to choose 'Classical' speeches and as such I have a number of these learnt (5 in fact!) I ran two of these past him and thankfully they held their own. Plenty of helpful notes to develop them further.
Being so fussy I only have one modern speech prepared; and after showing it to him he duly advised me to scrap it. Sigh. My first audition date is in 5 weeks time (For LAMDA) and I am waiting on other offers of dates to come in the post that could call on me sooner- and now I do not have a speech! Oh dear - the heat is now definitely on.
I am happy that he advised me to scrap it. The reasons for his advise were sound; I agreed with him. I had the same doubts in the back of my mind anyway, but herein I had ignored that voice in the back of my mind because I didn't want to go back to the drawing board. Well...now I am.
Back to the bookshop to comb through the plays for speeches. A fresh round of snivelling emails to the few theatrically knowledgeable people I know to ask them for any recommendations. Back to the beginning of the process. Oh well...its for the best.
Sunday, 18 October 2009
Firstly and most importantly- What's the point of this blog?
It is my ambition to be a professional actor. I currently study on a part time course and full time study is the next step. I am applying to what my research has led me to believe are the 'top' drama schools. I suppose by 'top' I mean most prestigious and considered to be of the highest teaching quality.
Who can say what the true ranking is? Its a point that's open to endless debate. In any case I have applied to:
4) BRISTOL OLD VIC
Each course has an intake of between 12 and 30 students per year, with anything up to 4000 people applying for these places. Its a 100-1 shot for sure and the process is notoriously competitive, with the majority of applicants having considerable talent already.
If that's not enough to put you off; what one has to go through to get one of these golden places might. Firstly each school requires a written application, some of them demanding a sort of essay on why you are great. With this sent off, along with £45 of your money, you are called to an audition/interview, where you have to further prove what a marvellous person you are and then...perform some prepared speeches and perhaps sing a song.
It gets better. After the first audition you may be recalled for what is known as the 'Second Round'. More discussion, more singing, speech performing and maybe even showing a third speech (that you have been asked to prepare)
This second round can even lead to a third, fourth and exceptionally a fifth whereby the decide whether or not you are worthy. What an ordeal.
Its going to be en experience worth remembering and that is why I have decided to chronicle it. In the likelihood that I don't get offered a place this year, I will be able to refer to my records here when I apply again next year. Perhaps the Blog could be useful for other student actors on the same path, perhaps in years to come.