Starting drama school, as many have done this month, is a daunting moment. It's the beginning of a journey that could lead in so many directions, as well as - for many - being the first time you've been away from home. So here are some pointers from the Curtain Call team to get the most out of the experience.
1. Focus on friends
The circle of friends you make is just as important as the work you do. And as well as lifelong friendships you could also meet some brilliant future collaborators. Start thinking about projects now, as you never know where they might end up (just look at the team behind The Play That Goes Wrong).
2. Respect your teachers
A lot of your teachers will work in the industry. So be sure to ask them about their experiences and see if they can provide helpful introductions. And if you don't always agree with their methods be sure to remain respectful. You never know when you might encounter them again.
3. Mix with others
Drama school can be a very insular experience, so it's important to make sure you mix with as many people on other courses, and in other years, as you can. It can provide invaluable exposure to other aspects of the industry, as well as a goldmine of good advice.
4. Watch and read
Get out to the theatre as often as you can, and read plays like they're going out of fashion. There are lots of theatre ticket schemes for students and young people you can take advantage of (see our handy list); and for access to a huge library of plays check out our friends at The Mono Box. Watching and reading other people's work is a vital aspect of your education.
5. Keep an open mind
You will often be expected to go outside your comfort zone, whatever course you're doing. Embrace this opportunity and be open to the possibilities. Drama school is a microcosm of the challenges you'll face in your career, so the sooner you get used to adapting yourself, the better.
6. Savour the experience
Although it's hard work and at times frustrating, drama school is one of the best times of your life, one that you'll hopefully look back on extremely fondly. So make the most. Remember, you beat hundreds of others for your place, so don't waste it.
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