September sees the first day of university all over Britain, and the course I applied for kicks into gear, it’s a time to reflect on why I’m not there…
It was late last year that I decided I should try to go for an acting degree at Rose Bruford college. It was local, well recognised in the industry, and had a nice small feel to the place.
I set about the process, which can be somewhat tangled for someone who isn’t at school, but I sorted out my references, exam results (from 30 years ago!), wrote my personal statement, and paid the £70 it cost me to apply.
I got invited to an audition, and that’s when things started to go awry!
I knew I would have to do a Shakespeare piece, that’s common practice for drama schools, so I picked one I had actually studied at school, and rehearsed it on my own.
At the audition I was struck by how much I missed being around people with an entertainment bent, and I was pleased that the auditioner was having a full blown, genuinely interested chat with me about my past, my intentions and ambitions.
After the individual auditions we had to do some group work, which involved standing in a circle and ‘throwing noises’ at each other, then discussing how it made us feel.
I wanted to say how it really made me feel, but had to bite my tongue as I knew that this kind of exercise is an integral part of actor training!
Two weeks later I heard the news – I had not got in. There were only 30 spaces, so my default expectation, as it is with any audition, is that I would not get in. That’s no dismissal of my skills, it’s purely a recognition of the numbers game in the performing world – applicants always outnumber positions.
You don’t expect feedback either from auditions, and it was no different this time.
I suspect the notes might have read –
“Atrocious acting. Shocking Shakespeare. Alliteration not bad.”
Later in the year, we have what’s called the clearing system. This means that universities with spaces try to tie up with students still looking. I got email after email offering me places doing all subjects.
The acting course all required auditions, and were also a long way away, so I would have to move rather than commute. Totally unrelated subjects did appeal, but I had to ask myself if I was like a kid in a sweet shop rather than thinking objectively.
From my previous time at university, I knew that part of the experience is to spend time away from home, to meet new people and develop. Sometimes the lesson time is only a few hours a week, and even then the subject matter is padded out.
When you throw in the fact that in many fields you can learn just as much from a short sharp cheaper non university course, I decided not to go for any.
So, what’s the next step?
Well, I think I’ll book myself onto a short course in a certain field of performing, which date clashes meant I couldn’t do in the summer, and am thinking that selling PLR is the way forward for me with my internet business interests.
PLR means private label rights. That basically means that someone buys the right to use my articles on their site with their name attached. They can also use the content in other ways.
It’s a well established way for people to provide content without having to write it, and it’s a way for writers to monetise their work.
I’ve looked at it before, and dabbled, but my current thinking is that it’s the way forward for me.
So there we are, and here I am! I’m using the summer of Olympic inspiration and the start of the university year without me to give myself an injection of momentum, and we’ll see what happens!
Ok, that’s it for today, do let me know what you think!
‘Til Next Time,
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