Current students of RADA

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    Hey RADA guys.

    After reading the info on the website about the BA course, do any of you hold part time jobs?

    It says on the website this wouldn't be feasable, due to your time spent at RADA being a 39 hour week leaving no time for a part time job. This is concerning to me as I would need to make money whilst studying (if I even get in that is)

    Thanks in advance,

    Marley

    • 22nd Jun 2011
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  • Tammy Heath nee Wakefield

    Actor

    Hiya,

    I didnt go to RADA but I did do a full time two year course at the bridge theatre training company 9-6 everyday then rehearsals evening near show time I managed to get a part time waitressing job so its possible as long as the employer knows what you are doing and is willing to be a little flexible!

    good luck with RADA let us all know how you get on x

    • 13th Jun 2011
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  • User Deleted

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    Hi Marley,

    Again I didn't go to Rada but East15. It's generally across the board that you do in excess of 40 hours a week at drama school, (even more when you have shows on), you could get a part time job but to be honest I really doubt you'll have the time to do more than 24 hours a week and even if you did you'd be absolutely knackered!

    With best wishes

    Chris

    • 14th Jun 2011
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  • Lee Ravitz

    Actor

    I hate to say it, but I have never been aware that there are many ex-RADA pupils (and I mean full time pupils, as opposed to those who have done RADA sponsored courses) active on this site!! You may make of this what you will, although my suspicion is that they are intrinsically guided away from doing any low/non paying work in their career, if they can at all avoid it (and often granted the kind of agency representation by end of course that allows them this benefit!). Therefore, this might, unfortunately, be the wrong forum to be asking for this advice in!

    • 14th Jun 2011
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  • John Eastman

    Actor

    Marley,

    I did go to RADA, but only to fix a blockage in the pipe system of the front bar. (sorry ..I know its hardly original..) Alas, I think the previous answer is prob spot on...

    Maybe best to be guided by your responses to each institution you audition for... and if you get in to RADA, start pannicking//applying for a bursary// then. Good Luck!

    • 14th Jun 2011
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  • Lee Ravitz

    Actor

    Well, the CCP link to the alumni is certainly interesting, and it seems there are a few ex RADA graduates who host profiles here (which is slightly more than I guessed). Still, I don't recognise any of them as being regular forum contributors, unfortunately. The vast majority listed, however, come under precisely the criteria I mentioned in the above post - which is that they will come up when you google 'RADA' on the search engine because they have done short order summer schools, taken foundation exams or even simply undertaken workshops at RADA. I'm afraid to say that I don't consider any of these things to constitute having 'gone' to RADA, and I certainly don't think they make you an alumnus of the faculty! I've been to workshops at RADA, too - I don't consider that this makes me a graduate of RADA (more's the pity, perhaps)! Anyway, the advice you want is certainly going to have to come from those who have attended the three year course etc., so I think my earlier conclusion stands - unless there is a RADA alumnus reading all this who chooses to private mail you with some useful information!!

    • 15th Jun 2011
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  • User Deleted

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    General note: Just don't even think of trying to earn money elsewhere whilst on a full-time acting course - anywhere.

    Another note: RADA is just another drama school...

    Yet another note: All actor-publicity websites have subscribers who quote RADA - almost always because they've paid a lot of money for short-term courses.

    Simon

    • 15th Jun 2011
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  • Lee Ravitz

    Actor

    In response to Simon's last comments, I'm sure he's right. I assume that what he means by the slightly gnomic comment that 'RADA is just another drama school' is that it does tend to be put on a pedestal within the industry, and the majority of schools within the CDS (Conference of Drama Schools) are all, in their ways, equally good training - and may, indeed, suit different sorts of actors much better than a course at RADA will. Equally, something I have always believed since being at drama school myself (I think I should mention that it was Simon himself who helped me practice my audition speeches!)is that a lot of the staff cross over from school to school - it is a very good way for them to continue to earn themselves. In this sense, you will frequently find yourself taught at most CDS institutions by many who *also* teach the pupils at the (supposedly) leading schools - perhaps RADA, LAMDA and the Bristol Old Vic have the most resilient reputations - and I'm not sure where the difference in the teaching lies in that scenario!!

    The only way in which I think where you train within the CDS *does* make a difference is in the sense that the schools with the longest established reputations tend to be better placed in ensuring that doors open to their pupils afterwards. Simply because more agents and casting directors see having gone to RADA, say, as a guarantee of reputation, and they are in the business of ensuring (for their own sake) that their clients have only the most reputable actors forwarded to them, they tend, still, to prioritise the casting of those with such experience.

    But in terms of the training received, in terms of which schools suits which actor and so on, I think it is fair to say that RADA is a drama school like any other...

    • 15th Jun 2011
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  • Lu Capewell

    Actor

    i didnt got to RADA ut i did manage to work on top of a full time course and had a boyfriend who lived miles away my week went a bit like this

    mon-8-7 on course

    tue-8-5 on course 6-12 work

    wed-8-5 on course +extra rehrsels ect

    thur-8-5 on course 6-12 work

    fri-8-4 on course 4.15 on bus 100 miles to see boyfriend

    sat-DAY OFF

    sun-8 am bus back work from 11-11

    if you can cope with this kind of thing go for it but i wish i hadnt had to work quite so hard,in fact for my last year my boyfriend move in with me which did give me a few more hours in the day to study for my exams ect.Dont forget half term is an amazing time to work and some jobs like prom work or call center workcan work around a course or even work after i work for an amazing company where every one is an actor/dancer/singer ect and we can ring in if we need time off no prob and its Not sales PM me if you want to knoe who it is

    wish you all the luck

    Lu

    • 17th Jun 2011
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  • User Deleted

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    Guys, you have all completely strayed away from the question... As Simon says "Rada is just another drama school'-perhaps the best.. Who knows. That wasn't the question. The question was whether this person could work and study. Again, I reiterate, it is across the board with CDS schools that you can only work very limited hours outside your studies. Rada is a CDS school. Question answered.

    • 17th Jun 2011
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  • User Deleted

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    I take back my comment of 'you have all strayed away from the topic!' you haven't all and there is some sound advice. I would hate to speak for Simon but I would have thought that he was driving at the same point as me. He did teach me after all... Shameless name dropping! I loves it!

    • 17th Jun 2011
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    Hi Marley,

    I didn't go to RADA but I did go to drama school and I didn't have a job during term time. Some people did but they had to rearrange a lot of shifts due to extra rehearsals, performances etc. Therefore if you do take on a job, it needs to be very flexible.

    I got around this by working my ass off in the holidays. I would go home and work one full time temp job in an office during the week and in a pub at evenings and weekends. A lot of hours and very tiring, but if you need the money then it has to be done. Just make sure that whatever you do, your work doesn't suffer. There is no point paying loads of money to go to a drama school if you are too tired to get the most out of it.

    Fay

    • 21st Jun 2011
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    Heya all,

    Well, I've just gained a place at RADA, and in a letter sent to me, they've stated that it would be impossible to hold a job as well as studying, due to the very high contact hours.

    Hope that helps!

    • 22nd Jun 2011
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