Aw, thank you!
It was honestly just so much fun & it felt much more like a workshop than an audition which was just super relaxing :)
So it’s finally my year to jump into the crazy world that is drama school auditions and I was thrown into the adventure by beginning with my personal favourite school (shh, don’t tell the others), Guildford School of Acting! I wanted to write this because I know how helpful it was for me to read other people’s experiences before I did my own audition :)
So obviously as soon as I jumped out of the car I felt like I was going to wet myself (literally - I was desperate for a waz) and so I rolled into the beautiful GSA building and plonked myself down next to a girl who straight away asked if I was there for the acting audition (was so grateful for this, managed to make a buddy within the first 10 seconds of being there, haha!) we waited, then queued up to be registered & gave in our passport photos (do not forget this if you go to the audition… just don’t!) and once everybody had done that they took us up to our audition room in the Ivy Arts Centre.
A third year student who was super lovely along with the Laban teacher gathered us around to briefly tell us what we’d be doing. Before the panel got there we did some breathing exercises to ensure we were all calm before beginning our audition. Then once the panel arrived which consisted of 2 teachers (along with the student and Laban teacher) we started our workshop with the Laban teacher who taught us the 8 steps to a short piece of movement, which was incredibly fun because I’d never done anything like it before so it was exciting to get a taste of what the course would be like. We then got split into 2 groups to perform the 8 step piece for the panel. We then used the 8 steps to explore our names, spelling them out through the movement before we were put into 4 groups of 4 to perform it to the panel. It was a chance to show your creativity and free your body :)
Once we’d finished that section we had a short 15 minute break before we came back and were thrown into pair work playing sculptor & clay, in which one person moved the other person’s body parts to form any shape they wanted and then we switched roles.
We then did some tablo work, in which one person started off a still image and the others ran in as they wanted, reacting to what the others were doing. We did this 3 times, twice with a theme in which we had to ensure we were touching another member of the group.
Then it was time for monologues (Eep!) We were split either side of the square drawn out in the middle of the room and one of the teachers stood up to announce the fact that she knew most of us would’ve been taught to introduce our pieces but at GSA they wanted us to just flow into speech after speech with no pauses. So basically, you got up and did it as you pleased which really just relaxed the whole situation and something literally everyone in the room was grateful for. I opted to go nearer to the end, waiting for a comedic monologue to come along seeing as there were so many dramatic ones that I didn’t want to blend with the others. Once I saw that opportunity, I took it and performed my piece, not forgetting any lines (good job, Billie)
Once we’d done that we had a short question & answer and then were told the inevitable “If you don’t get in, it’s not a no from everybody and it’s certainly not a no forever” and to be honest, even though we were all aware, it was necessary to hear. They’ve switched their audition process this year in which nobody gets recalled on the day so letters are sent out to everybody either telling them no or saying they have a recall. So I guess I’ll let you know when I know!
I loved my time at GSA and obviously it’d be an amazing opportunity to go there next year but honestly the talent was outstanding and simply incredible so I cannot be disappointed if I don’t get in because if this was just the talent on the day I auditioned, I can’t imagine what the rest of the talent will be like.
- Don’t be late!
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
- If you feel like an idiot, you’re doing it right!
- Don’t be afraid to take a risk whilst performing.
- & the obvious, don’t be anybody you’re not. You’ll still be noticed even if you’re the quietest one in there.