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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)

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)

 

Final round audition – Bristol Old Vic

Now for BOV there are only 2 rounds as out of the 3000 that apply only about 200/250 are recalled, as they were telling us on the day; so this was technically the final!

I was actually meant to have this recall on a different date but thank the lord Bristol let me change!! (for personal reasons but it’s all good as I had my audition in the end.)

The day started at 9am and I came into the main room with lots of chairs facing a TV, funnily enough, showing last years BOV grads. This boy called Sam got chatting to me and he was telling me he was here last year for the final so I was able to ask him lots of questions! I was feeling good and really looking forward to the rest of the day. We were then split into different groups that would go around the different panellists on a carousel so to speak. My first session was… improv.

DUN DUN DUNNNNNNNNN

Okay now don’t look at me like that – I know you dread it too!! And if you don’t well, bravo. You’ll be a wonderful actor. Screw you.

If I think back on the session though it actually wasn’t that bad and dare I say it, fun? The whole class was just very free and playful and I felt closer to my group for it, which was lovely 😀 The lady taking our class was awesome so all in all it was a fabulous first taste of Bristol!

The next session was ‘the audition’ in the black box of doom as I like to call it. You literally do your speeches, filmed, in a black box theatre with all the heads of facilities watching. I felt mine went okay, not as good as usual, but alright. They film you at Bristol because they see so many people, so I think they use that as a reminder of who’s who. But never fear they delete all footage after the audition process so your 2016 rendition of Romeo won’t be popping up on youtube 10 years down the line at your Eastender’s reunion. So they tell you.

After the audition we had a finance talk and yada yada yada all good and well. If you don’t have the money you can’t go. Yippee.

Moving on to the next session which was movement. The lady taking this session was an ex professional dancer I think? But she seemed really into the whole class which was exciting for me because if I want to go to drama school for anything it’s passionate teachers. We used a lot of core strength in this class, so for instance, one move she had us do with a partner was to crawl sideways on our hands and tips toes and keep as close to the floor as we could but not touching it by letting our torso fall. Whilst doing this we had to remain direct eye contact with our partner. It was really physically demanding but also quite powerful to watch, as you couldn’t let your eye contact break. Continuing on with the partner work we had to respond physically to our partner’s first move in a next exercise and try to keep a momentum flowing. A bit dance like to be honest but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Then it was lunch time and a well needed break to be fed and watered and ready to go for the second part of the day.

The first session after lunch was kind of like the improvisation but it wasn’t. The session was called ‘speeches’ but we only performed our modern monologue and then we did improv after that. I preferred the way I did my modern in the black box of doom then in this class. I don’t know something just felt a bit off to the way I did it here. But the improv part was fun as we got to think and create a character by picking up one of the hats left for us to choose at the back of the class. We then all had different hats on and by effect had all created different characters. We listened to everyone’s character and then we had to swap hats and perform their characters as well. It was an interesting session to say the least!

After this session we went to see this lovely old man, who I forget the name of now, to redirect our Shakey, and then after that go in individually to have our interview with the Head and Senior tutor of the school. So I did my shakey and the old man got everyone in the room to participate in my redirection to act as listeners in the scene. He said I really let loose of the emotion the second time I did it and I felt that myself, so I was so glad I got to work with him. Then after this I went to another room to have my interview. The panel were absolutely lovely. They asked me what I’m up to at the moment and about my past two years and seemed really interested in what I had to say. Also they asked the usual – how are you getting on with the other schools – and they said I had done very well which was nice to hear 🙂 They asked to see my Shakey piece and I did it with the redirection in mind, speaking it to the senior tutor, and it was great because he was giving me emotion!!! Oh my lord I was thinking finally this is why I want to come to drama school!! (Plus it was lovely to work with such a great actor!) The head, her name was Jenny, told me it had improved from the black box of doom. Woo. Good news. Then Jenny asked to see my modern as well and she decided to sit in the scene with me and reacted off of my modern. They were both laughing and giggling and they seemed to really enjoy it. They thanked me and then said I could go.

After this we had one more session to go … oh yeah the day is still going people! We had singing! And this was in THE smallest room so your voice echoes and bounces off the walls straight into your ears. Be prepared to sound loud in that room. It was a guy taking the singing and he tested our vocal range and asked about any singing history we had. We all sung our unaccompanied songs individually and then that was it.

Finally, the day had finished! We were all brought back to the initial room we started in and Jenny sat us all down and basically had ‘the talk’ with us. And I’m sure you can guess what talk that was. I can tell you now, it was deeply depressing. She mainly talked about the stats of people getting in. 12 people. Guys it’s so hard to get into this place. However, she congratualted us all for getting to this stage as she said if you weren’t good you wouldn’t be here! And I was proud of getting this far because the year before I didn’t even get to this stage, so it was awesome to spend the day at Bristol. I unfortunately did not get into this school but hell, it was great day. What a lovely place and what lovely teachers. If I don’t get Drama Centre, LAMDA or RADA this year I’ll definitely be applying here again.

Till next time,

AA x

(Aspiring Actress)

Recall audition – RADA foundation

Okay I admit I should have posted this a while ago but because I wasn’t so crazy about the whole thing I think I was a bit lethargic to write about it. But I’m writing about it now, so enjoy!

This was an all day workshop at the school which started around 9:30am and there was about 15-20 other people on the day. Ages were mostly 17-18 but then there was someone who was 22 or 23 so I thought hey I’m not a failure being here! (jokes jokes)… Not a very good joke, sorry. We played name games to start with, just to break the ice I presume, and then we played ball games but improvised so they could test our interaction with one another. Then we had a switch of teachers and this was a little bit like movement but not as intense as some other schools :’) So it was more of a thinking game really as he would say ‘elbow’ and you’d have to touch your knee, or ‘head’ and you’d have to touch your bum (how cheeky) and vice versa. Like the Guildhall recall, we were asked to build numbers and shapes associated with given words in groups of about 5 after that ( I guess to test our team building skills.) And this was fun but sometimes you can’t help to just call out in your head ‘BS’- you know what I’m saying? But obviously I was super positive throughout the whole day! Oh god this blog is getting more and more unintentionally sarcastic as I go on.

Anyway, so we switched teachers again for the final time and we had a sonnet to read as a group. Now, anybody who knows me knows I really like sonnets, but this workshop honestly felt more like an English lit class then a drama school workshop. Don’t get me wrong, I love a bit of analysis and pondering but jeez as an actor all you want to do is just dramatically read that thing!! It was a good workshop on the sonnet but their approach just surprised me a bit. Then we had a 5 minute break and we were spilt into 2 groups: 1 for interview and 1 for modern monologues, but after the first group had been interviewed they had to come in and do their modern straight away! So this was fine and it was interesting to see everybody’s modern. (Which literally consisted of rape, murder, sexual violence oh my goodness everybody’s monologue was so doom and gloom!!) Drama schools really don’t lie when they say everybody’s modern is like that. Finally, it was LUNCH TIME – HOORAH.

I’m skipping my lunch details because I’m sure you’re not too bothered about that!

The afternoon began splitting us into 2 groups again for the classical monologues (my fav.) So we went to a new studio this time which was long and narrow like my first round and I was second to go up. The lady said she liked my monologue but she redirected me to say it more to the other people watching and really make a connection. (Very guildhall :O) but I did it again and she seemed to be nodding and then she said I could sit down, so alright. I then had my interview which was with the course director Joan, who was lovely by the way! We just had a very informal chat about why I wanted to do the course and what did I think I had to do in the course to improve myself. Next we were brought all together in a new studio to do our shakey pieces to everyone and the teachers auditioning us. After that they had a Q&A and the panel basically said you’ll either hear quite quickly to say thank you for coming but no thanks, or you won’t hear till like June which means they are considering you and you’ll be put on the waiting list. It’s been a good amount of weeks since my audition so I guess they’re considering me? But honestly who knows, and this course is soooo expensive I don’t even know what I’d do if I actually got in. Anyway, I enjoyed the day and I guess it’s always nice to spend more time at RADA 😀

Ciao,

AA x

(Aspiring Actress)

Man Met/ MST update

So guys news from Manchester Metropolitan School of Theatre…

I did not get in 😦 ah well!

Someone emailed me and was telling me about their rejections from drama school and I really can empathise. It does suck, there’s no other way of saying it. But the important thing is to pick ourselves up and keep going!! Positive thinking, hard graft and a good heart and I really believe something good will turn out. Well, I hope so. 🙂

Till next time,

AA x

(Aspiring Actress)

 

 

Recall audition – Man Met/MST and Drama Centre update

Hello!!

Guys I actually really enjoyed my Manchester School of Theatre recall – it was so much fun 😀

Contrary to the small numbers at my first round, the recall had so many more! Apparently Man Met (in some cases) now have a third recall which is new to their audition system. Meaning there are more people applying and therefore more competition – woo.

But anyway let’s get to the positive.

When I walked in one of the teachers caught my glance and smiled at me so I thought that she perhaps recognised me from last year!! And I began the day in a pretty good mood 🙂 So the day started with a fabulous group warm up. I say fabulous because it felt very Central esque. And if you’ve read my Central blog I’m sure you’ll understand because today there was A LOT of people. Holey Moley. We were asked to run around the space and because there was so many of us there I thought I was going to hit into someone!! But thankfully I didn’t. Others did.

We did other things as well like stretching and breathing into the body, I guess just to calm people’s nerves and get ready for the day. So then we were split into about 3 groups and we had 3 different morning workshops: movement, voice and speeches.

Firstly, I had movement and the lady was stressing ‘we’re not looking for dancers, we are looking for physically imaginative actors.’ Well. I thought, thank goodness, because I am not that brilliant of a dancer!! But I enjoyed the movement and I’m glad that was my first class because it really woke me up! ( I was so tired coming because I hardly had any sleep the night before from worrying 🙈) bit of a pointless worrier over here! The next class was voice and I really enjoyed that sesh! The beginning focused on just getting our voices out firstly! Then that developed into humming whilst shaking out parts of the body to allow the breath to drop down. We also worked on using movement as a way of finding and discovering new sounds and I found it quite interesting. We had to do this later individually, which required you to be really in the moment. The next sesh was speeches and I thought this went alright! Just 2 monologues again and a bit of redirection and then that was it. Pretty good.

After the morning workshops the course leader basically said you need to go away and have lunch for 50 mins while we talk about you! So yeah – more scrumptious, nail biting, waiting for drama school results. I actually had to nibble on the breakfast that I failed to eat in the morning because I was so nervous. It’s so odd I was so nervous for this audition and usually I’m completely cool and fine. But OH no, not today. After a few bites of my breakfast and after having the break we all made our way back to the main room to find out the result. Now, at this point the course director was explaining that some will be recalled to the afternoon sesh and some will not, but he said if you’re not asked back for the afternoon then it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve been rejected! (Sounds very Central, tell me about it) but basically some people from that point could be asked for a 3rd recall on a different day (which was what I was trying to explain before) or be given an offer, or rejection. Still trying to figure that whole thing out but not to worry – I was recalled to the afternoon sesh, yay!!

Now if we take a blast from the past I was here last year. So, to be honest, I was feeling just a smidge of pressure, but mostly good feelings! There was 8 of us left and I was called up half way through to do my monologues in the round, full of teachers and the other auditionees. Scary. I did both my classical and modern and then they redirected my classical, making me do it in several different ways. When I sat down I felt like I really gave it my best go and I was happy with myself. Not in a narcissistic way but I was happy with myself because I had tried my best. After everyone had been up the course director said we will find out our result very soon!!!

Ah don’t you just love waiting.

I love it so much. Can’t you tell?

Actually on the thought of waiting I have news!!! So after four rounds of Drama Centre auditions I finally have a result…

 

I am on the waiting list for the BA Acting.

MORE WAITING GAHHHHHH

(There’s 16 places with only  8 slots for girls… trying not to cry) and they still have 1st round auditions all the way up in April and May!!

I honestly don’t know how I feel about this. Am I sad or happy? I just don’t know. But HEY it’s not a rejection – which is a good thing. So yeah, I’m happy I’m not rejected!!

Till next time,

AA x

(Aspiring Actress)