My daughter (H.S. soph.) has her sights set on Tisch/New School, for all of the reasons you usually hear people state - urban campus, diversity, access to top-tier talent, proximity to Broadway and everything connected to it.
She attends our state’s one-and-only performing arts conservatory/high school, so she is getting many hours of voice, dance and acting training every day. She is a hard worker and gets great grades, and she never grumbles about her 12-hour school days. And yes, of course I think she is extremely talented.
That said, my wife and I have already had the talk with her that, even with those cards stacked in her favor, NSB is still highly competitive to get into, and her conservatory training alone might not be enough to see her through.
Basically, we suggested that she should be availing herself of every opportunity for additional training (e.g., workshops, private lessons) - to build her resume, and (more importantly) develop her actual skills to put her in the best position possible when it’s time to actually apply and audition.
Not sure she’s taking us seriously, or at the very least, not appreciating how many very talented kids are vying for those NSB slots each year. She’s very charming and very pretty, and again, very talented. While she gets a lot of attention and flattery for her stage performances, we live in a small suburb of a smallish “big” city. We’re not sure she gets the concept of being a “big fish in a small pond” or how that idiom will completely reverse itself when she applies to places like Tisch.
Anyhooo, for those parents who’ve been similarly situated, how did you (if you did at all) get your kid to appreciate the competitiveness of getting into a top-tier MT program?
We don’t ever want to overstress her or give her the impression that we don’t have faith and confidence in her. We just want to make sure she grasps the challenge she is undertaking, and prepares as much as she (not us) thinks is necessary to succeed.
Please and thank you!