I don't want to physc myself out - but I can't help but ask
Just how difficult is it to get into the likes of LAMDA or Guildhall - specifically on a 3 Year Acting course?
Any answers would help greatly..
Well.. over 4000 applicant for each school and about 20 places should but it into perspective. Its extremely hard and each school has 2 or 3 maybe even 4 rounds of auditions. You have to be really good and really prepared.
Totally agree with Ruby May - its HIGHLY competitive and the rejection rate is very, very high.
and if you dont like rejection, then this isnt the job for you.
I went to Drama school. It's extremely competitive, and post graduation, it's a hard life. Remember that the auditions will cost money on top of UCAS application, and many drama schools aren't listed on UCAS anyway. They range from £20 to £100+. Also a straight acting course is harder to get on than more varied course. You've picked two top schools, but I suggest checking out: The National Drama Training Council, they have a list of drama schools and all sorts of courses. Whatever you do, and I mean this with sincerity, if you want to act: do not do a "Drama and Theatre Studies" type course at a random university. Go to drama school. My chosen course came up a lot in conversation and it's heartbreaking hearing people talk about their friends and relatives studying drama because they want to act, it's highly unlikely that'll happen. Drama schools provide you with training not just theory. And they support you in finding agents etc. Everywhere you go you'll be asked "where did you train?" In the 6 years I've been in this industry professionally (including study) I have only met one successful untrained actor (and I know people measure this differently but I'm using "success" to mean "regular work").
Why are you so stroppy sounding?! Drama schools do prepare their students for the industry, both in terms of 'craft' and in terms of practical help with agents, self promotion, tax, money, all sorts of things. Of course it's possible to become a professional actor without going to drama school, but graduating from one does give you a good overall foundation, and, if it's one of the top schools, a springboard into the business.
In the ever expanding industry their are more and more routes into the industry ,drama school is in many cases no longer are a must have, for many including myself drama school isn't financially an option but training ,a must have in any case, can be received from elsewhere such as NYFA, NYT and NYMT as well as weekly technical classes in specific techniques, Method, Meisner, Chekhov etc for £250, plus not forgetting the literal thousands of books on technique, practitioners and text and more. Drama school is also a very personal decision and must be based on the kind of actor and person you are ,for example on a job recently, a brilliant working actor named Jack Bence (Bad Education, Peep Show) was asked about this exact point and he replied that ,'having been raised doing film acting his acting was hyper natural and more fitted to screen work on top of this he took several courses in stage acting and dabbled throughout his youth, this enabling him to become a sound actor in both mediums', he is now represented by United and ,is in my opinion, one of the most exciting working actors in Britain today, he then went on to say that his brother, being 'raised entirely on musical theatre, had a tendency to often go over the top and be showy rather than truthful', now although by no means a bad trait as musical theatre and theatre as a whole is very often larger than life, drama school he said would teach his brother to learn how to whittle his performance down to the bare essentials. so you see for some it's great for others its not the answer. Having spoken with many casting directors on the topic many often say that for film castings often drama school graduates are very samey samey and the actors that stand out, do so because of their imperfections and kinks, however in a theatre casting the reverse may well be the opposite particularly in a classical context. Drama school can be both positive and negative but it is no guarantee ,even being at the top 10 ,a marker of greatness or future success that comes with time, perseverance and luck, I know plenty of brilliant actors who have come from both drama school and elsewhere and the same can be said for bad actors, my cousin for one graduated a top London drama school and 10 years later is now an insurance broker. Artistic greatness no matter who you are can only be found through hard work and no matter where you train the hardest most obsessed workers i'd say 8/10 times rise to the top, the top being able to support themselves purely from their Acting.