How to get into Drama School
First and foremost, do your research. There are lots of drama schools out there, all of which will charge you a fee just for auditioning for them. So, unless you have a limitless amount of money it is worth picking the ones that you think will suit you. You can look for drama schools on the internet or there is also a list in Contacts, which should be available at your local library or bookshop. It could be you have a number of actors you admire - it is worth finding out where they trained. Or it could be your financial situation that motivates your choice. Can you afford to train full time during the day for 3 years or would an evening/weekend drama school suit you best freeing you up to be able to work? Or if you already have a degree, a post graduate course at a drama school may suit. What kind of training method appeals to you? Do you want to be able to act, sing & dance or just focus on acting? What aspect of the industry do you want to work in? How many of last years graduates are working? How many of 10 years ago are still working? Once you have made your choice of where to apply, each drama school will have details on there websites of how to apply. You usually have to fill in an application form & send in a photo of yourself, then if you are invited to audition often you will asked to prepare a speech, or two plus maybe a song. Find speeches that show you off to your best and learn them. Be on time for your audition - in fact arrive early so you can take time to breathe & focus. If auditioning in London, always, always add extra time to whatever TFL journey planner tells you. Know exactly where you are going, read all the information they send you, at least twice. Wear the correct clothes - something you can move easily in and are comfortable in. Turn off your phone & anything else that is likely to suddenly make a noise, not only is it off putting to the person who is auditioning you it might put off other people or even worse yourself! Smile, be confidant but not cocky. Listen carefully to what they ask you to do. Part of the audition process may involve a workshop with improvisation. Be prepared to be open to anything they throw at you. (not literally, as far as I know!) If you get rejected do not let that stop you from re applying the following year or applying else where. Rejection is part and parcel of an actors life - get used to it & move on. Do not take it personally. If you cannot handle it, acting is not for you. If you get accepted, well done!