The time has come around again for me to start applying to drama schools and it is so exciting! I don’t feel half as nervous about applying this time around, feels weird but heyho! This post will give you a little idea about how I ma prepping and planning for my third year of auditioning, also where I plan to audition and why. Have fun.
This year I am going to take a couple of risks with where I am applying because clearly I hate myself. I am applying for RADA, LAMDA, Guildhall, Central, Mountview, Drama Centre and Royal Welsh. These are different schools as I have very classical schools but also some modern mixed in. I have never auditioned for Guildhall or Mountview and I felt like if I didn’t audition at them I would regret it, they are great schools with great courses so give it a go. Central, LAMDA, Royal Welsh and Drama Centre were a part of last years auditions, I loved them all and got to the last round for the Drama Centre BA and the last round for the LAMDA Foundation Diploma. RADA is a tricky one. My first year I auditioned there and hated myself and them after the audition but after time passed my love started to regrow. I felt like I really wanted to audition there again and if I didn’t I would never forgive myself. God that sounded sad.
MONOLOGUES (yes I do want you to shout that in your head) are so bloody hard to find so I have been searching for months to find a handful of speeches. So far I have got about 5 monologues to learn but still looking for another modern. There is a website called www.doollee.com which has a shit ton of modern plays that you can search through with criteria to eliminate unhelpful plays. It is still scary to look through but you may strike gold. Recently I have had a lot of success finding cheaper plays in big stores like Waterstones and the RSC bookshop but either keeping my eyes open or looking in the sale. I got the complete works of Shakespeare for £6.99 and that includes his poems and sonnets. Where did I find this beauty? Waterstones and it wasn’t even on sale. I loved life that day. I also have my musical theatre song sorted and I love it, I really hope I get to sing more this year. I will also be having a few coaching sessions this year on my monologues which I haven’t really done before. You can find accounts of my past auditions at LAMDA, RADA, Central, Drama Centre and Royal Welsh by searching for them with either drama school or audition tags.
All drama schools talk about life experience and showing your passion by performing in a variety of shows. I have been doing that. By the end of October I will have been in 6 shows and directed my first show this year and all have been different and taught me a lot. Those of you that are in a gap year at the moment go for everything, audition for lots, talk to companies in your area, if someone drops out of a show be the first person to say you will step in. You may be more tired and busier but make it work as you will reap so many benefits and more shows/work will come out of work. As far as life goes, I am living in my own happy way and doing things that scare and excite me. I sound like such a boring person but fuck it I am spending time doing what I want to do.
Applications are a bit of a bitch but the paperwork must be done. I have done a bit of my personal statement *retches* and I am going to start my UCAS and CUKAS on Sunday whilst crying tears of frustration and anger into cake. I hope to send most, if not all, of my applications off beginning to mid November. Not too early but not late either. Mountview, RADA, Guildhall and LAMDA are all separate applications but Central and Drama Centre are UCAS with Royal Welsh on CUKAS. This means I am going to have to spend a shit ton on UCAS and CUKAS fees as well as audition fees. However these are the schools I want to audition at and if I can afford it, I will do it. I am also quite lucky that my Dad will help me out. Plan out your fees for travel, UCAS/CUKAS and application fees as soon as so you can save it up as it adds up so fucking quickly.
All in all this year feels like a good year but then I feel like a very different person to who I was when I applied last year as wanky as that sounds. I have done so much and experienced so much that an audition isn’t as scary as it was. Saying all that I do realise that all the nerves will probably hit me just as I walk into my first audition but heyho I will deal with that at the time.
Thanks for reading if you got this far, good luck with your auditions and prepping if that is why you are reading this or just good luck with life if you just stumbled across this.
P.S. I am interested to know if it would be helpful for me to post about how I learn my monologues or even what my monologues are. If it is then say and I will happily do so.