seeking advice about admission

<p>I'm the mother of a ten year old girl who wants to 'get into acting.' She performed in a Shakespeare play last year, did well, and really enjoyed the experience, so now she's decided she wants to act. I have to admit that my first inclination was to say that everyone wants to act (or get famous) and she should consider doing something else (I know she's only ten and may change her mind), but then I thought that if this is something she really wants to do, I should try to help her accomplish it. You can't plan to 'be discovered,' but you can prepare to have a career in acting--there are lots of actors out there that aren't 'well-known,' but they make a living in the business and who knows, maybe with training and some luck, she can do really well at it. There are Arts middle and high schools in our area that I'm going to try to get her into, and I have contacted one of the drama/acting coaches in our area to get her into some of the workshops they offer throughout the year. My thought was that if she prepared to get into Juilliard, even if she didn't get in, she would be well prepared for most any college drama program. </p>

<p>I guess my question is, what would any of you do differently if you could start over at ten years old? Are there things that she should really make sure she does or studies? If not Juilliard, what other school(s) might you consider? I've just started looking into the whole thing, so any help or advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks</p>

<p>I don't have any kids in the acting field, so I'm coming at it from a different perspective. </p>

<p>My son was extremely musical from a very young age. He would always talk about the music he heard in his head, started composing at about 8, etc. He LOVES music. We have paid a lot of money for an awesome teacher and have also shelled out quite a bit for various competitions and events. </p>

<p>His teacher thinks he could get into any conservatory, he has no interest in doing that. I am still glad we spent the money to develop his gift and I believe he will always do something with his music for the pure joy it brings him. </p>

<p>That being said, having 3 kids past 10 now, they all had a variety of ideas of what they wanted to do then and all but the youngest have changed their minds multiple times. </p>

<p>Personally, I would cautiously explore programs right now. If she gets into the arts schools, you will have a better idea of where she is compared to her peers and you will also see the depth of her interest.</p>