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We are delighted to share the fantastic news that two o f our Year 13 drama students have accepted places at very well respected drama schools in NYC. Read their story below:
'What will we do next'? This is the question every students asks themselves starting year 13. Fortunately for us, Blagoj and I knew exactly what we want to do after our final year in secondary; studying at a drama school.
The process to this, however, would be fairly different from the one our friends had to pass through. You are probably thinking applying to a drama school is easy as you only have to say a few lines out loud and that is it. Well, let’s just say I wish it would had been that easy.
As these schools are very competitive, you apply to more places just to increase your chances of getting in somewhere. Both Blagoj and I applied to around nine schools each.
The first step was the written part. Yes, there is a written part when applying to any arts related university, and it plays a bigger role than you might expect. Each school has a different essay topic, and some of them even want you to write more than one, which leads you quickly up to more than ten motivational letters/ personal statement, which takes up a lot of your time.
The next step is choosing your monologue, which each school has specific criteria for. Most of the schools want your monologues to be around 2-3 minutes long, one has to be a classical one, the other one a contemporary one, within your age, clear voice and good movements; and this takes practice. Before the official audition, we would both spend many afternoons in school with our teachers and classmates rehearsing the monologues until each word was said, and each movement done in a perfect way.
Thankfully the hard work paid off for the both of us. We were both lucky enough to have been accepted by a number of prestigious schools, and are now able to make a choice; which for drama students is very rare.
Blagoj has decided to attend the Lee Strasberg Institute of Film and Theatre, while I will be attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, with both of them being located in New York City. Both schools famous for the talented alumni who graduated from their classrooms. The Lee Strasberg Institute has taught amongst others; Angelina Jolie, Laura Dern, and Scarlett Johansson. While Paul Rudd, Anne Hathaway, and Jessica Chastain have all been students at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Who knows where we will be in ten years? Maybe we will be in working in movies. Me, Julien .. A famous actor performing in a movie, working with the famous Hollywood director Blagoj. Or maybe we will be performing in a play here in Luxembourg, or in a TV show somewhere else in the world, or maybe we will move back to our parents’ houses because it did not work out. Who knows, am I right? Let’s just hope for the best and in the mean time we will make the most of our time in The Big Apple, NYC, here we come!
Written by Julien L. (Year 13)