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BFA Acting Class of 2024: Preparation, Prescreens, Auditions, Questions and Support

anastasiasmomanastasiasmom 20 replies1 postsRegistered User Junior Member
I thought I would get a thread started for the class of 2024.

Techies are definitely welcome here too.

@techmom99 posted this at the beginning of the Class of 2023 thread

"Wishing all of you luck and urging you not to leave out the techies. After all, your kids can't perform if there aren't kids like mine who want to do the lighting, set design, costume construction, stage management and the like..."

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  • anastasiasmomanastasiasmom 20 replies1 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    My D, current junior, is excited and scared about the journey coming up. She loves acting on stage and on screen and has been building her list. Of course, we keep tweaking it as we go.

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  • GogglesonGoggleson 17 replies1 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    Yep, time to take my hands off my ears and stop loudly going "lalalalala". This process is slowly beginning around our house too. So much to doooooo .....
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  • anastasiasmomanastasiasmom 20 replies1 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    @Goggleson Hi! I'm glad I'm not the only one!! ;-)

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  • NYDreammomNYDreammom 306 replies0 postsRegistered User Member
    Best of luck and break legs, class of 2024!

    One of the things we learned- they say it only takes one but I’ll add that it has to be the right one, including financially. So cast a wide net and consider places everywhere (i.e. if your kiddo is focused on one city don’t lose sight of great programs in others). You never know where you will find your fit. It’s tough out there but you will make it work!
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  • anastasiasmomanastasiasmom 20 replies1 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    Thank you @NYDreammom!

    And congrats again to your D! My D loves DePaul (it's less than a 4 hour drive for us to the Chicago area). She will be applying there.
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  • NYDreammomNYDreammom 306 replies0 postsRegistered User Member
    Thanks, @anastasiasmom ! It’s a great school and we are so excited! BAL!
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  • yellahammayellahamma 63 replies0 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    edited May 19
    Good luck, All! D auditioned early and was able to get two auditions in before her top choice in mid-November. It really helped to have several audition experiences prior to the school she really wanted to go to. The process can be nerve-racking.
    edited May 19
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  • GogglesonGoggleson 17 replies1 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    @anastasiasmom , thanks for the tips on comparing colleges. I am totally new to spreadsheets - is there one software program that's better than others or will the one that comes with your computer work? We have an iMac.
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  • anastasiasmomanastasiasmom 20 replies1 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    @Goggleson

    I used an Excel spreadsheet and then separated the categories I decided to use with tabs. I'm using Microsoft Office on a Mac. The good thing is you can determine how many and what categories you want to have listed (costs, prescreen, audition dates, if at unifieds for auditions, application and audition costs, and program credit breakdown are a few of them that I use) and then size the rows and columns to fit the data for your own spreadsheet.

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  • NYDreammomNYDreammom 306 replies0 postsRegistered User Member
    You can use Google Sheets or Numbers if you don’t have Excel.
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  • GogglesonGoggleson 17 replies1 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    edited May 21
    Thanks "moms"! I can see I have to do a bit of exploring on our Mac and see what we have. Must add getting myself up to speed on spreadsheets to the "to do" list!
    edited May 21
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  • Classof2024ATLClassof2024ATL 1 replies0 postsRegistered User New Member
    @anastasiasmom Thanks for creating this forum! My D and I are excited to get started on this journey! I'm working on creating my spreadsheet this month :-)
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  • anastasiasmomanastasiasmom 20 replies1 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    Hi @Classof2024ATL!! So glad you and your D are joining us on this journey! The spreadsheet will save me from insanity .... there is no way I am going to keep all of the facts straight for this journey we are all embarking on. :wink:
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  • MTmom2017MTmom2017 523 replies2 postsRegistered User Member
    Definitely agree with @anastasiasmom on the financial picture! I've been through this twice (MT then Acting) and D1 had a coach who included schools that would be affordable for us when they made her list. D2 did not want to use a coach, and we were naive in what we thought would be affordable (she didn't apply to CMU or NYU knowing they were expensive/not known for giving aid). D2 ended up having to decline some really good offers/waitlists because we did not want to take out huge loans.

    Now for more positive advice! :smile: Set up a new email account just for college. You will get TONS of college emails! We didn't do this with D1, and there were times she missed an email here or there. We did it with D2 and it made things so much easier! She and I both had access to it (her preference), and I kept all of the login info on the spreadsheet.
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  • letterheadletterhead 113 replies1 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    I used Numbers on a Mac and, well, my daughter's in college, so it worked! ;-D
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  • anastasiasmomanastasiasmom 20 replies1 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    edited June 7
    @yellahamma @MTmom2017 @letterhead and @NYDreammom Thank you for your words of wisdom and encouragement!!! It is much appreciated! :smiley:
    edited June 7
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  • GogglesonGoggleson 17 replies1 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    edited June 10
    Thanks @MTmom2017 for the advice on the new email. My S already gets lots of the advertising emails from colleges in his school email, and I've been wondering if we should set up a new one to avoid missing important ones from the schools he'd actually be applying to. But was wondering if that would cause confusion at the schools who already have one email address that goes with his name (though maybe only in some marketing dept. database).

    So am wondering if you set that new email up for your D2 before Junior year or do you mean set up a new one and used that one as the email address once you started applications?
    edited June 10
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  • GogglesonGoggleson 17 replies1 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    Thanks @letterhead and congrats to your daughter. I expect I'll start with Numbers too. :-)
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  • rickle1rickle1 1824 replies15 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    So a tweak on the finance issue. Fortunately, we can afford most if not all programs, but I'm not sure why we would spend full pay at say NYU vs. other fine programs. My take on this whole thing is it's really about talent. The program will provide excellent training and , hopefully, access / network, but at the end of the day, it's about talent (BFA / BA / no school). For those that have a great understanding of the well respected programs, does an NYU offer "better" training or better anything then, say, Pace, or Molloy, or any of the great programs out there?

    Trying to get my D to build a list and understand the differences between programs. I'd rather spend a little less and have some funds available to support her the first few yrs if necessary.
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