Recall at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Yesterday, Monday 9th, I had my 3rd and 4th round auditions for RCS up in Glasgow. The day was a big success and I am beyond excited to have made it to the very last stage. By the end of the day, when I was walking back to where I was staying in Glasgow, ‘Crazy in Love’ by Beyoncé

starting playing on my iPod. As it was pretty windy, I called upon my inner spice and believe me when I say that I STRUTTED down the streets of Glasgow with the wind blowing in my hair (just like a Beyoncé music video) and I was just radiating so much confidence. As you can imagine, I was so gassed…

The call time for the day was 10:45. Arriving at 10:40, I was given a sticker with my name on it plus a sheet about New York accents. Soon after, an ex-drama student, who was so lovely and considerate, took us to a different area to wait. I got chatting to some of the other auditionees who were all excited to have made it to the 3rd round but were all as anxious/eager to start the process as I was. About 5 minutes later, one of the teachers invited all 15 of us into a large room were where about 6 other members of staff were waiting, including the head of acting, two movement tutors, voice and accent tutors. We were asked to take off our shoes and socks and put our stuff to one side prior to commencing.

Starting off were the movement tutors who did some general warm up activities with us such as walking around/filling the space, balancing exercises and various stretches. I’ve forgotten what came next but I do remember one important exercise that involved us splitting into two groups, 7 on one side of the room and 8 on the other, and taking turns to walk into the empty space, acting as if it were our own. I believe this exercise underlined spatial awareness and being comfortable with ourselves when alone on stage.

The next part of the morning was about voice. We did some work on breathing, projecting our voices within the space and grounding ourselves. For one of the exercises, we had to split off into pairs and share with each other one thing that was important in: our personal lives, our careers and in terms of the wider community. My partner blew me away because they mentioned how important diet and nutrition is for them and how they wanted the entire world to know this. It was shocking because I have been looking into that for the last two months and it was very surreal meeting someone who, by chance, valued the same specific thing. Anyway, after sharing these details with our partners, we had to clearly and coherently present them to the rest of the room whilst maintaining eye contact with our partner. It was interesting to find out about the things people valued and prioritised in life. It brought a smile to my face to hear that many of the auditionees regard feminism and gender equality as highly important. The last part of the voice work was about various New York accents. This was a tough one but there was no room for hesitancy or half-heartedness given what was at stake.

The final part of the morning was the acting stuff. We did the same improvisation activities we did during the 2nd round of auditions; we were put into smaller groups, given a short text as our stimulus and asked to improvise around it. The panel would circulate around the groups and observe. Once we had finished this, there was a short Q&A about everything and anything to do with RCS, the BA Acting course and life in Glasgow. I asked about how the school assists with the marketing and business side of acting to which their response was absolutely reassuring. They told us that the recall list would be up in approximately 45 minutes at 1:30pm and wished those who weren’t selected the best of luck.

To be frank, that 45-minute wait was a struggle. My heart was on some random wave and I was close to hyperventilating. I knew I had to control myself because if my name weren’t on the list I would have either pissed myself or cried. Gratitude levels were at an all time high when I saw my name first on the list – the struggle was officially over. There was another group of 15 who had auditioned before my group so overall 30 were narrowed down to 12. I was first in line for the interview and because I had so much nervous energy, I was pretty much ready to go.

The interview was with one acting tutor and the head of BA Acting. One thing I noticed about all the staff I spoke to throughout the day was that they were very genuine, super positive and all had great energy – the two panellists were no exception so at this point I wasn’t nervous at all. And as I have mentioned in a previous blog, I think the further you are from London, the happier the population in general. These are the questions I remember being asked:

  1. Why do you want to go to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland?
  2. What did you think about the first part of the day?
  3. How would you feel moving up to Glasgow?
  4. What are you up to nowadays?
  5. What would be a challenge for me, as your tutor, if you were in my class?
  6. What has it been like working on ‘The Dumping Ground’?

I want to add that we discussed the Eramus programme because I would like to study in a French-speaking country. The Eramus programme enables European students from select higher institutions to study in a different university abroad for up to a year. As my long-term goal is to get into French cinema, the programme has made RCs the perfect drama school for me. Moreover, the head of acting said that there is a student from the school who is currently at the Conservatoire National Supérieur D’art Dramatique (the best drama school in France) which, by chance, I was looking into only two nights before.

Overall it was a great day. If I could, I would be starting there tomorrow. I should know by the end of the week if I have been rejected, accepted or put into the maybe category. Bonne chance!

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