Life after college...New York vs. London

<p>Hey DramaPrincess I just looked at LIPA and RSAMD and i really liked them alot! I know this is a weird question but is there any way you could compare them to schools over here. I know that sounds mean but just to get an idea of what i am dealing with. I mean, in terms of getting in are they more like CCM or Calstate Fullerton?</p>

<p>Theaterguy, so it's you I have to thank for this philosophical position. My daughter can deliver it word for word and very convincing, much as any good actor could do when working with a great director! lol</p>

<p>Of course, I am just thankful that D has made such a very good friend and of course the fact that he will own a couch in NYC is added bonus.</p>

<p>Thanks for being there this summer and in the future, you guys (all MT's )really do understand the need to support one another and it's very comforting for a parent.</p>

<p>Well CSF confuses me a bit with this weird California system of not having auditions for getting into the program. :D
RSAMD is one of the two big name programs for acting in Scotland. Whether it's the best or second best depends on who you listen to :D. For music it's one of the best in the UK I believe. Several music teachers who have taught me went there. Pretty much everyone who auditions for drama school I know auditions for RSAMD. It's a well known prestigious course and I've seen grads from there in the West End and on tour. I don't know exact figures for American unis, though I'm pretty sure they're kicking around here somewhere. A good friend of my bf's is currently studying there, and he just told me that last year there were around 700 applicants for 20 places, making the percentage accepted between 2 and 3%.</p>

<p>LIPA has BA(Hons) in Performing Arts specialising in either Acting, Music, or Dance. Whereas RSAMD have their own application, I think for LIPA you have to apply through UCAS (Something similar to the American common app, only all normal unis in the UK use it). The deadline for UCAS is the 15th of January, but from what I know about them, late applications can be, and often are, considered, though I don't know in the case of LIPA (if you are interested in them, best thing to do would be to call them up and explain your app may be a little late. If you need any help with that application, I know UCAS stuff pretty well :)). I've heard varying things of whether their courses are accredited or not. My most reliable source says that LIPA is in the Conference of Drama Schools, but their courses aren't accredited. I'm trying to look around for figures on how competitive LIPA is, though from general chat of drama people (including above reliable person), I get the impression it's not quite as highly regarded as RSAMD and some of the other big names.</p>

<p>If there are other British schools you are interested in, some might accept a video audition. Getting in touch would probably be the way to find out about that and I'm sure they'd understand how expensive etc. the trip would be.</p>

<p>Noccadad - She can take my bed and I will take the couch! lol! I made such amazing friendships this summer that will last forever, your daughter being one of those amazing people I met! It was just an amazing experience to be around 64 people with the same goals and mindset as myself!</p>

<p>ps...Congrats on Elon!</p>

<p>Hey Dramaprincess thanks for your help! I think i can get those apps in on time and my parents might even let me go to RSAMD to audition if i get invited, we have family friends that i can stay with so it would be cheaper. I am excited!!!</p>

<p>Fantastic! :D
Glasgow is a city I know reasonably well, and my bf lives something like 20 minutes away from it when he's not at uni, so if you have any questions about the place, don't hesitate to ask.
Also, if you think you can squeeze in any other auditions as well when you're over, let me know about any more schools you're interested in.</p>

<p>You may find some helpful information on the following UK message board:</p>

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<p>It has a section called "Training and Tuition" that might be of interest to you.</p>

<p>Here is a story about the average earnings of Equity members in the UK:</p>

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<p>In American dollars, the average earnings for male performers in the UK over the last year totaled about $22,000, and for females $16,000.</p>

<p>Unfortunately, this is not a lot to live on in London, one of the world's most expensive cities.</p>

<p>Thanks! I wonder what the average income is for new york performers, does anybody know that?</p>

<p>From the annual report on the Actors' Equity Association website, it appears that the average earnings figure for an Equity member in the Eastern U.S. was $8,907 for the 2004-2005 theatrical season. The median number of weeks worked for all Equity members in the country was 11.9--half worked more, half worked less--with the median earnings $6,675.</p>

<p>If you would like to view the report, go to <a href=""&gt;;/a> and click on Annual Report under the About Equity tab.</p>