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Hi, I am applying to drama schools to hopefully gain a place to study BA Acting

New Year, new me? Plus musings on first term at LAMDA…

Haaaaappy New Year WordPress!!

Hello everyone 😀 How are we all? I’ve literally just logged into WordPress now and around this time last year I made this site on the whim and the stats today, right now, are crazy. Just wanted to say thank you to all the readers out there for supporting my blog over this past year! I’ve loved reading all the emails and seeing other people being inspired from this to start writing their own WordPress blogs. Absolute awesome feeling.

 

So, the New Year! Have we all made resolutions? Looking back on my last year resolutions I said to myself: now listen, you are getting into NYT and getting a BA place at drama school – and somehow all that positive thinking came true. I was recently recommended the book ‘The Secret’ and it talks about how to utilise the positive Laws of Attraction in the universe…. now I know that may sound a little different but a little different is GOOD sometimes so trust me – get this book.

For this year my new year resolution is to explore more. Explore London more for one; and to have courage to explore my choices. Good actors make good choices and to do that I think you have to be comfortable to be bold. So that’s what I am setting myself for this year 🙂

My first term at LAMDA has been wonderful and I can honestly say I feel more in my body and voice. Adjusting to 38 contact hours a week was tough at first but you get used to it; and to be honest – I quite enjoy the intensity. (Oh yeah – it takes a special type of person to say that, I know.)

Looking back now, it hasn’t been easy though because I feel drama school is as much reflective as it is active. So in a sense, I could do exercises all day but only when I come home to process what the hell just happened to my body do I ‘absorb’ the lesson. Therefore the lessons require your constant, personal reflection to help you grow. So it has been tough, but then again, it’s just what I asked for :’)

So for you readers out there who are auditioning this year (and yes I may be popping around at your LAMDA audition ;)) – just to confirm – it’s worth it.

 

All my best,

AA x

(Aspiring Actress)

 

Thoughts after the National Youth Theatre 2016

Hellooooooo WordPress 😘

Okay, don’t kill me, I know this has been a while BUT I’m back. Moving to London and beginning drama school has been insane and this is the first moment I’ve actually had to sit and write; so here we go.
The National Youth Theatre.

I don’t think I’ve ever met such like-minded, genuinely decent people in my life. I know that seems quite the compliment but I mean it.

We laughed, we cried, we raved, we danced, we wrote, we sung, we made stories and we all made really good friends. I bloody loved it and the people that I worked with just completely made it for me. Hands down. And now I am officially a member of NYT!!! 😀

The Trinity Laban halls turned out to be rather interesting… As in I AM GLAD TO HAVE EXPERIENCED HALLS BUT NEVER AGAIN.

Oh my.

I couldn’t sleep some nights because some rather vocal, alcohol abused 18 year olds had – oh you know – little parties at 3 am and I was SO cool with it.

Nah I’m exaggerating a little – halls wasn’t that bad, but it was nice to have had the experience. The utter joy.

The best thing at NYT for me was probably the sense of community that I left with at the end. Now I know that sounds disgustingly cheesy of me but alas, it’s true. There was this final moment on the last day where all of the courses sang a song on the field opposite Trinity Laban and it was the most uplifting experience. It’s just the feeling of togetherness that I loved and it really clicked for me that this really is the true National Youth Theatre: just being together as a company and doing what we love.

I really urge anyone who is just the slightest bit interested in having fun – audition for the National Youth Theatre! Trust me, you will not regret it.

If you don’t get in the first time: ‘fail again, fail better.’ (Beckett)

Thanks for reading 😎

AA x

(Aspiring Actress)

P.S having a BALL at LAMDA 🙂

Thoughts before the National Youth Theatre 2016

Hey. How you doing. 

So earlier in April I was offered a place on the Senior Acting course at the National Youth Theatre for 3 weeks. Today is the 3rd of August and I’ve got 11 days to go before I start the course. As the date is coming up closer I’m getting more and more excited and I’m starting to just get all my things together!

A part of me though, admittedly, kind of dies inside because it is soooooo much money. £1500 to be exact. For the course and stay in Trinity Laban’s student halls. However I’ve been told by countless people now that if I’m staying in the halls I’m going to have the time of my life – so hopefully it lives out to expectation.

I received an email a couple of days ago from my course director with things that I need to bring/prepare. On the list was to bring a prepared modern monologue to work on, to bring some form of white clothing, to bring a party outfit (whatever that means to me) and to research NYT’s history. The research is asked as this year is a very special year because it is the 60th anniversary of the National Youth Theatre. So I’m sure the intake courses will be hitting on this celebration of all the brilliant work that the company has achieved in the past. I’ve wanted to be a part of this company for a while and I feel really proud that I get to be a part and learn from such an organisation. Eeeeeek okay getting excited writing this 🙊🙊So yes this is what I have prepare! If you’re going to NYT too this summer do post back on this blog and let me know how you found it – or what you’re expecting! Would be good to hear about your experience at the National Youth Theatre 😀

If you have any burning topics about drama school/auditions/NYT then drop me a comment and I’ll try my best to discuss and give my honest opinion!

Thanks for reading,

AA x

(Aspiring Actress) 

Update 

Hello guys – sorry I’ve been a little absent lately but I will be uploading some more posts soon! Some drama school and some National Youth Theatre posts!

Hope everyone is having a good summer 🙌

Until next time,

AA x

(Aspiring Actress) 

Drama School Audition Tips: How to walk in to a room

Now I am definitely no expert here but I just wanted to share with you what I have learnt from my experience of auditioning and things I have picked up along the way 🙂

Walking. Man’s simplest thing. But trust me – it’s not as easy as it may appear.

I have been told countlessly at workshops over the past 9 months that panels will already make a strong impression of you by just the first minute of meeting you. So I will try to outline some key points that I worked on this year.

Firstly, insignificant as it may seem, your posture says so much about you when you walk in to a room. Say if you walk in with your shoulders slumped, your neck eagerly forward and your ribs relaxed then it just won’t look good (or sound good mind you because in this stance it will be impossible for you to access a proper breath.) Remember that your body is just as important as your voice/face in acting – so warm and alert your body beforehand and remember your posture. So for me I had to really focus on not letting my neck come too forward and align my spine so I stood properly. We all have the tendency to slouch but only when it’s said to us do we recognise how much we actually do this. So remember your posture because not only will it aid your access to your breath but you will feel and look more confident in your own space. You also look more alert and ready to move and drama schools want active actors.

Confidence is also key and if you walk in with good energy a panel just can’t help but watch you. It’s genuinely magnetic, and that’s what you want in a performer too. It’s like a relaxed, inner confidence that isn’t too much so it’s over bearing, or too little that you get lost in a bigger space – it’s just enough. The way I think of it is in terms of respect.

If you have respect for yourself, your audience and your space you will enter the room and earn a panel’s attention. One could mistake what I’m saying and walk in so confidently that they demand to be seen, heard etc. but that is where, I think, a panel would switch off. Also, don’t look for approval. That is probably the biggest thing I have learnt from 2 years of auditioning. Drama schools don’t want to parent you, so don’t look for it. Just go in, own your space, do the work, and leave. Whether they like it or not – at least you went in with no inhibitions and you just owned it.

I think a lot of your energy comes down to self belief as well. The fact is if you don’t believe in you how are you going to convince a panel? So, I would say make that space truly yours and transport the panel to the different worlds you are about to create. And then, once you are finished, let your constructed worlds go and just be you. And have faith to be just you because at the end of the day they want to see the wonderful, unique and interesting YOU. The panel will all be actors anyway so they will know if you are pulling out the BS and trying to be someone you’re not.

P.S – Don’t forget to walk out well too, they’re probably still watching 😛

Stay tuned for more drama school audition tips,

All my best,

AA x

(Aspiring Actress)

LAMDA offer and final thoughts

Hello 🙂

So a few of you readers have already seen my LAMDA final round audition blog but if you haven’t – I found out about 3 days ago that I got in! By some miracle I’ve managed to persuade them to give me a place. I could not be happier!!!

Looking back when I first started Aspiring Actress I certainly did not expect all the love that has come my way through my ups and downs of this audition process. You guys have been SO amazing and every time I finished an audition I couldn’t wait to tell you all about it!! It has brought me so much happiness and I wanted to say thank you to the whole WordPress fambo!! I remember when I was auditioning for the first time and I found so much comfort in reading other people’s experiences on the internet, so I’m so glad I decided to start writing too! A few people have commented/messaged me and said that my blog really helped them to know what’s coming up for them and as I’ve written about 7 drama schools and their recalls it will hopefully help auditonees in the future too ❤ I haven’t decided yet but I may be blogging about my time at LAMDA but we shall have to wait and see. That felt so weird typing that – ‘my time at LAMDA.’ GAH.

Finally, I would just like to add to anyone reading this who didn’t get that recall or didn’t get that place – DON’T GIVE UP! Keep knocking on that door, improving yourself and they will open it when they see you are ready. Don’t ever take no for an answer because (I’m sounding so cheesy right now I know but I don’t care bare with me) you can achieve anything you want to when you focus your mind. I honestly think good actors are good people, and good things come to good people. Hang on in there. As I heard from a wonderful man once – ‘see you at the top.’

AA x

(Aspiring Actress)

Final round audition – LAMDA

This was my last audition for drama school 2016 entry. Oh sugar.

LAMDA is such an amazing school and it would be just unreal to be accepted there! Alright. I’m drooling. So, to the day!

Before I begin however I need to just outline the whole process a bit as someone in a previous post was asking me about it. So for LAMDA a person can have a minimum of 2 rounds and a maximum of 4 rounds before being offered a place to study full time. (A 4th round would just be a repeat of the recall day [3rd round] if the panel are still undecided.) EDIT: A person who has got into the BA this year had to do 5 Rounds before LAMDA made a decision to offer a place.) This is from a LAMDA admissions lady who told me (as I was chatting away to her in the corridor) to which she also informed me that 5000 people applied to LAMDA this year.

Yep. You heard me right.

5000.

So, as you can imagine, it was awesome to get to this stage. I know I say this in a couple of blogs but I actually do mean it when I say it!! Drama school auditions are so difficult and I know how much it hurts when you get rejected just at the first round. So you there, reading this through the screen, don’t judge me for feeling proud because I definitely don’t feel guilty! 😀

We all got there at 9:30 am and again I was warmly greeted by a lovely LAMDA student who made me feel straight away at home. We were split into two groups; one group to have an improv and movement session and one group to have THE audition. I was in the group for THE audition first (I’ll get to that bit later as I was the last to be seen by the panel for the morning session.) Whilst waiting to go in for our audition slot we were brought individually to have our interview with a LAMDA tutor and an admissions lady. I felt like my interview went well and I was just my usual wacky self when I went in. The questions were quite similar to my first round like what have you been up to? Why here? And they also asked the most fabulous question ever – why do you want to be an actor? (That went down a TREAT let me tell ya) and they also asked me who was my favourite actor and things like that. All good and enjoyable and was feeling optimistic!!

So after waiting for my time it was finally my slot for the individual audition.

Right in present tense lets shake it up. The student helper takes me up a different set of polished stairs this time to wait outside a new room to be called in. Literally the Head of the school, Rodney, (I was freaking out inside) shakes my hand and welcomes me inside. There are 10-12 people on this panel. The room is massive and it’s lit with stage lights. They are going to see everything. GAH. Okay back we go.

Now for LAMDA final you have quite a few things you need to do. You do 2 pieces (one Shakey and one modern) and then you have to sing your unaccompanied song, then sight read a passage given to you on the spot, then do a duologue with a extremely attractive LAMDA Grad and try to remain professionally focused. They redirected me once but you can’t really look into whether they do or don’t because everyone’s audition is individual and different. Oh I forgot, then you have another mini interview with the panel. They asked me about the acting experiences I had written on my CV, who I’d worked with and how I’d gotten on at other drama schools. Let me tell you I was exhausted after this and I still had half the day to follow!! After my individual audition we had a group movement session with the vivacious Head of movement (John) with everyone from the morning, which basically had us doing all kinds of crazy stuff. What a session. I couldn’t stop smiling throughout the whole of it. 😁

Oh and something else I have to mention is that on this day, as a drama school auditionee, LAMDA treated us like actual human beings and provided everyone with lunch. I know this seems a simple thing but I have applied to 7 schools this year and not once have I ever been provided with the courtesy of lunch. I mean for goodness sake we even pay for these auditions!! Anyway that’s another debate but basically I was falling so hard for this school. 🙈

After a lovely lunch my group had improvisation and another movement workshop. The improv session I quite enjoyed actually (how shocking – I know) and I wasn’t so nervous about it as I usually am at auditions. The woman taking our class was called Michelle (and oh my goodness she was sooooo into her work – in a really good way) and yeah I thought she was fabulous. Anyway we were asked to interact with everyone else and improvise on the spot/devise from stemmed bits of text to work with. A really fun and stimulative session!!

The next movement session was with a lady called Donna. Oh my goodness this woman was a machine!! WE DID SIT UPS AND PRESS UPS IN A DRAMA SCHOOL AUDITION. GUYS GET TO THE GYM FOR A LAMDA AUDITION. Saying that, she was hilarious, which I guess made up for the side-splitting pain of actual exercise :’) At one point she gave us all an instruction and this one girl got it right and Donna said ‘Right well she’s getting a place’ and everyone’s faces fell instantly. It was only afterwards as she burst out into a howl did I realise she was pulling our legs!! And then she went on to say that the session we had with her was only the ‘baby version’ compared to the real thing, as she ‘didn’t have time to be cleaning up the sick on every recall day.’ 😂😂

Pretty intense but she could have a laugh, which I liked!

So after the brief torture we just played a few games to end the day with a laugh and on a high! We then could ask any questions we had and then they told us we will know in 2-3 weeks! (I’m like a crazy person every time my phone buzzes)

Here’s hoping for some good news! Pray for me!!

And just as an update I’m still patiently waiting to hear from Drama Centre and RADA. Got to love waiting. Mhm.

Major update: I HAVE BEEN OFFERED A BA ACTING PLACE AT LAMDA!!!!!!!

Lots of love,

AA x

(Aspiring Actress)