I am really surprised how slow this board is, especially compared to the MT one, so I will add our story. Please add your stories! I have mainly lurked on this board for probably two years and the final stories are always my favorite to read.
It is long, but I couldn’t decided how to cut it down.
Programs Applied to: Boston University, CalArts, Chapman University (BFA Screen Acting), The New School, Pace (FTVC only), SCAD, Syracuse, University of Evansville, UNC Greensboro, UNC School of the Arts, University of Southern California (BFA only).
Prescreens: (Passed all) Chapman, The New School, Pace FTVC, Syracuse, UNCG, USC (academic prescreen type, not acting prescreens)
Accepted to: SCAD, Pace FTVC, The New School
Rejected from: Boston, CalArts, Chapman, Evansville, UNCSA and USC
Withdrew application at Syracuse after not being able to fit in the audition.
Wait-listed at: UNCG
Background/Training: Like the majority of these boards, my D started showing an interest in acting very early on. She began dance classes young and quickly expressed a love of being on the stage. We are very fortunate to have a thriving theatre community in our area, so we enrolled her in the local theatre conservatory around age 11 where she was able to take dancing, singing and acting classes. When it was time for high school she applied to attend an Arts magnet high school, but did not have the best experience there and, while she still loved to act, did not thrive there like we had hoped. Around her freshman year we became aware of a boarding arts high school that had a Senior year drama program. She wanted to join that program more than anything and auditioned in the Spring of her Junior year. She was fortunately accepted, and left home for her Senior year to board about an hour and a half away. Well, we all know how the class of 2020’s year was cut short, but in the time she had at the school she had the most wonderful experience. She entered audition season confident in her material and program choices.
My girl is different. She is not naturally sunshine and happiness. She does not agree with people to keep the peace. She is independent and opinionated. When it came time to pick schools and audition material, she picked what worked for her. She knew already that she strongly preferred acting for TV/Movies to being on a stage night after night. We investigated the schools heavily. We started with a list of roughly 30 strong programs and did a blind curriculum test on every single one. In our final list of 11 we still ended up with a couple of schools “thrown in for good measure”. (I wish we hadn’t done that. Some of the extra schools were clearly not good fits for her)
Remember how I said she was different, well, my girl chose a monologue with curse words and also did a male classical monologue. When I tried to push back on those, she told me that if a school wasn’t going to choose her because she cursed it wouldn’t be the kind of school she wanted to go to anyway and she felt the male characters get all the good monologues in Shakespeare. She was her absolute self in her monologue choices. We knew from the beginning she would not be most schools “cup of tea”, but as is often said on this message board, you only need one!
We did the BU audition on campus, Chicago Unifieds (Chapman, Calarts, Pace, Evansville, The New School and USC) and UNCG and UNCSA on their campuses. SCAD was a video audition for scholarships only. Syracuse we had to drop when the assigned USC audition clashed with it and neither school had availability to move it. She had to decide which school to drop, and we dropped Syracuse.
After her auditions were finished, she had naturally ranked the schools in her mind. She had three schools tied for number one for different reasons. We knew from the auditions, and actually even before them, that Chapman, USC and Evansville would not be the right schools for her. She definitely “felt” all the rejections, but thankfully having a senior class of 19 others all getting rejections too surprisingly helped her. She could truly see the randomness in some of the acceptances/rejections.
We, as her parents, always saw her in a big city. So it was a relief when Pace and The New School accepted her. Pace had a program that fit everything on her original wish list. The New School shined in their encouragement of creation. She enjoyed writing plays and creating films too, and The New School would fit that side of her. We have family in Georgia though, so SCAD was not ruled out entirely. UNCG is where many of her friends are headed, so she was tempted to hold out for that waitlist also. However, her decision ultimately came down to how responsive Pace has been. They quickly set up communications with teachers, current students, and accepted students. As she attended Zooms with Pace and she could see herself there. The students she spoke to were doing the kinds of things she has always wanted to do. The other accepted students felt like a good fit also. She decided pretty quickly to commit to the Pace FTVC program. (Her father and I saw her at either BU or Pace from the very beginning, so thankfully it all worked out!)
Summer Programs: UNCSA Summer drama program summer between her sophomore and junior year. Local theatre summer intensives other summers.
Final Decision: Pace FTVC