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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)

 

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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)

 

LAMDA audition (16th of January 2016)

LAMDA is a school that I have applied to twice before and have been flat out rejected twice as well. So honestly I was not expecting that much from today.

My slot was at 12:30 and I arrived just in the nick of time to be greeted by a current student and he showed me where I had to go to wait. I’ve never actually been to LAMDA before, I’ve always auditioned regionally, so it was nice to actually see the school. It had a really nice vibe here and all of the students were really friendly and chatty – which I liked. My past experiences with LAMDA couldn’t have been more dramatically opposite, so today was looking up. I was then called and I went up two flights of stairs and had a little wait just before going in to see the audition panel. I did a few spine rolls and centred myself and as my name was called I walked in.

First of all, NICE space. A girl had light, space and good acoustics. What more could you ask for? I sat down and the panel had a brief chat with me and then I got up and performed my two pieces. They thanked me and told me I was going in for an interview and I could ask any questions I wanted to about LAMDA.

The interview was more like an informal chat really, just to get to know you and what you’re up to. Like other schools, they also asked me where else I have applied and how I am getting on. Tricky because you never know what they want to hear but I’m always going by ‘honesty is the best policy’ and I keep the story as it is. Then they asked me why LAMDA and then I was free to go.

But awkward moment as I realised walking out I left my bag and coat in the waiting room!! And as it was the break for lunch I passed the panel members on the way to the waiting room *palm face*!! The woman smiled at me and said hello but the man didn’t even look my way so yes, I had a mini heart attack. But I thought to myself hey I’m like the only one left in the LAMDA corridor so lets have a look around!! And whilst I was walking back to the entrance I was admiring all the pictures of alumni on the walls and it curiously reminded me a lot of RADA, and I thought maybe I could like it here.

I found out on my train to my Bristol Old Vic audition that LAMDA were recalling me to the final round anytime after April…. say what now??? Literally I was so shocked because of my straight no’s in the past… ( I sat like a grinning idiot all the way to Bristol. That was a good day.)

And speaking of Bristol… that was my next audition 🙂 x

 

Hello!

Hello there 🙂

So, I have decided to make a blog about my drama school auditions for the 2016 entry!

Admittedly, I have already had 5 first round auditions for this year but I will post them all separately on to this new blog! I’m excited to get started – never done this before! 😀

The schools I have applied for this year (in the order of dates) :

RADA, Central, Guildhall, LAMDA, Bristol Old Vic, Man Met and Drama Centre

Happy reading x