I always knew that I wanted to be on the stage and I could never envision any other type of career for myself. It was for this reason why I was so overjoyed when I received and acceptance letter from AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts just after I finished high school. I knew that this was a prestigious college and one which would give me a great chance of making it in the theater world once I had completed my education. As much as I loved my time at AMDA, it was far from easy and if you plan to go to study at a performing arts school, here is how you can get the most out of the experience.
Make no mistake that if you wish to get the most out of studying at a performing arts school, be it AMDA or any other, then you must have absolute commitment. During my time at the school I saw many students dropping out because they couldn’t handle the process, the reason why they couldn’t is because they simply weren’t passionate enough about doing it. Before you even enroll at a performing arts school, make sure that this is exactly what you want.
Being a Yes Person
When you study at a school for performing arts you will be shown every aspect of performing arts from dancing to set design, acting to body language, and it is important that you give everything a try. The best way to do this is to be a yes person, when you get the offer of a chance to design a set, do it, if someone asks you to dance then do it. The reason for this is that no matter what ideas you had before starting the school, you may find that you have a gift in something else. I had friends who joined up to act and went on to become outstanding singers, as well as some singers who ended up as dancers. Suck the life out of the experience and knowledge which your professors have and don’t say no to any kind of role.
In order to make the most of yourself at a performing arts school you have to be competitive and you should learn to enjoy the competition. Most in performing arts are expressive characters with high confidence and this means that there is natural competition everywhere. Whether it is going for a role, creating the best piece or attaining the highest grades, you must learn to stay competitive and work tirelessly to win. This is what the world of performing arts is like in the real worlds and so in order to make the most out of your time at college, you need to act in the exact same way as you would do when you get out there.