• Mark Westbrook

What if I didn’t get into drama school?

Despite your best efforts, numerous audition fees, and what might have been a few months of hard graft, you didn’t get into your dream drama school. You’re feeling lost, dejected, and you don’t know where to turn next. This is not the end of the world, you have options. Take a deep breath and forge ahead. 

The 1%

First things first. It is extremely difficult to get into a top tier drama school. Like the profession itself only 1.0% make the cut. The only profession with a lower success rate is professional sports. When approaching an acting course you need to be ready to deal with this statistic and know that it is not going to go away. Even when you gain your place, graduate and catapult into the world of professional acting, 10-15 % can survive on acting alone, and only that golden 1% reach the levels that we think of when we think “success”. Before you go any further you need to be ready for this, if you’ve had a complete and utter breakdown at this stage...think of how that will be when it’s repeated time and time again. “No” is an actors least favourite word, because they have to hear it none stop.

Where to go next?

If you have picked yourself up off the floor and still want to continue, you have a year to improve upon your skill sets and try again. The best way to move forward to to have an honest assessment of your abilities. 

Are you well read? Were your audition pieces suitable? Did you go into the audition blindly thinking that the praise you got from friends and family in secondary school drama was enough to get you into RADA? It is true that there are actors who have had no training at all but the majority of those actors who regularly work have been to drama school. So what do you do?

It’s time to take stock, and perhaps do some training to help bridge the gap and a foundation acting course is one way to do it. A foundation acting course differs from highers in drama in approach and understanding of the business and the application of acting techniques that go beyond a “teach to test” methodology. An acting course will give you a better understanding of Voice, Movement and the specific training that makes actors well rounded and dynamic.

The most important things to consider are your growth mindset, grit, and ownership. 

Have I owned my shortcomings? Am I willing to take steps to improve? And lastly do I have the gumption to take on an unforgiving but ultimately fulfilling career as an actor? If yes, go for it...and keep going for it until the answer is no. 

Until that point, break a leg.


Foundation Acting Course Leader

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