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Livnatmum Sun 02-Dec-12 16:58:04

Has anyone else's DC applied to drama school.? My DS has applied to a combination of drama schools and unis. It is very stressful not to mention expensive as most charge audition fees and are at the other end of the country! He has an offer from one uni to do drama but it is not what he really wants and we may have to go through all this again next year. I wish he wanted to do something else!

MrsMushroom Sun 02-Dec-12 22:52:48

I went to an accredited drama school. I took 3 years of auditioning to get in....well I got in on my 2nd try but had no funding.

He'll need to concentrate on drama schools if that's what he wants. Has he got a tutor to help him with his audition pieces?

Livnatmum Sun 02-Dec-12 23:59:43

He is fully aware that it may take at least one go! He does not have a tutor but his drama teachers at school have been great and given him a lot of extra help. His first audition when he has to do his monologues is next week, the uni accepted him after a workshop, we will just have to wait and see but I don't know what will happen, where did you go?

orangerex Thu 27-Dec-12 03:19:25

A relative went through this last year. Spent a lot of money on travel and audition fees and never got to a second audition. It seems drama schools are quite happy to give everyone a first audition and charge them for it. The relative gave up and now works in a bar....seems a shame not to give it another go but the costs involved are so high.

IvySquirrel Sun 30-Dec-12 20:25:43

I work in this sector. Many people take several years to get in, but if you want to be an actor, you want to be an actor; it's like a compulsion really, not being able to imagine doing anything else with your life.
I can assure you auditions are not a money making exercise; they are not cheap to organise, administer & run on the day in order to give everyone a fair chance.
Good luck to your son livnatmum

dizzydoris58 Fri 05-Apr-13 17:41:25

My son is a third year student at a drama school in London. He got accepted on his 2nd round of auditions.
He has always wanted to act since he was 8 or 9 and has been in youth drama groups. He got 2 offers to do drama at uni at 18 but turned them down and did a foundation course in performing acts which really prepared him for the audition process and thankfully he got in 2nd time around.
My ds was only 19 when he got accepted and is one of the youngest. A lot of them have spent serveral years trying to get in or have been to uni first.
DS has loved his 3 years at drama school and we've never seen him so happy which makes it all worthwhile.

Musicaltheatremum Wed 24-Apr-13 21:26:54

May be worth it if they can do a foundation course first.

Livnatmum Thu 25-Apr-13 19:00:15

Thank you for all your replies. He didn't get into any of the drama schools and was resigned to the fact that he would have to take a gap year and try again when last week out of the blue he got an offer to do a foundation course at one of the drama schools he had auditioned at. The acceptance forms have gone off today - he is thrilled - I am terrified! Yes you are right IvySquirrell it is a compulsion - I don't know where it comes from!!

Musicaltheatremum Thu 25-Apr-13 21:53:31

Ah, so thrilled for him. The foundation courses are great and you stand a much higher chance of getting into the big drama schools afterwards.

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