schools with audition slots that fill early
My D is applying to acting programs and I'm feeling very stressed about how behind she is on the whole thing - I knew all the conventional wisdom about getting prescreens and essays and headshots over the summer, but she was away & busy 24/7 for virtually the entire summer. I'm trying to guide her in prioritizing and could use some advice on a few things.
For now, the most pressing: I just saw a post that said Carnegie Mellon audition slots tend to fill very early (as soon as early October). Are there other programs where people have had similar experiences, and if so, how early do you think they're filled? I know all the schools will tell you it helps to apply "as early as possible" but I'm guessing that some are much more important than others to get signed up for early.
Also, can people give feedback on how many auditions it's realistic to fit into a single day at Unifieds? Someone I know said their kid missed 4 days of school to do 4 auditions, which freaked us out. That was an MT kid so I think it's a longer process, but I'm not clear on how long you need to allow for each audition.
I'm also wondering if people have any advice on programs that are simply not going to be affordable for someone who is hoping for a little bit of need-based aid but who's not low income and won't qualify for a ton of need-based aid. I am at this point discouraging my D from applying to certain schools--NYU (and most other NY schools), Michigan (we're OOS), BU, & California (also OOS) because I just don't see us swinging them realistically. Anyone have info to the contrary? And/or recommendations on good-value programs?
Unfortunately, many of the programs with more affordable price tags that I was hoping to have her check out are in the south, and recently, she is getting more and more adamant about not going south.
I wonder whether there are AA chapters or similar specifically for parents of kids auditioning for BFA programs! If not, maybe there should be.
Thanks for any help you might be able to offer!