I got into the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art! Please help me pursue my dream.

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Hello, my name is Nina and I have recently made one of my dreams come true. I've been offered a place to study acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London on one of their courses! Everyone who knows me knows how much this means to me, how much I've tried and how many rejections and disappointments I have faced but also how much I have worked, learned and ultimately evolved throughout this process. (for those who don't know me I will include a bit about my acting/auditioning journey below)

In order to get a place on this course I had to successfully pass three rounds of auditions. The first two rounds were online via self-tape; I had to record three monologues, one song and answer a couple of questions. Finally, I was invited to attend an in-person workshop day at RADA in London, where we took part in various workshops lead by RADA tutors, worked on our pre-prepared material and presented it to the rest of the auditionees and tutors. I was in awe of how good my fellow auditionees were and it was truly an honour to know I had been chosen alongside them.

What makes it even more unbelievable is that there is usually an intake of 28 students but recently thay had to reduce the numbers and I still made it through that final cut and am now one of only 12 people chosen for this course!

21 October 2022, in front of RADA in London after finishing the final round audition

RADA is one of the best and most prestigious drama schools not only in the UK but in the whole world. Their graduates are outstanding actors whose work reaches audiences across the world. Some of the greatest acting legends were students at RADA at some point, such as Anthony Hopkins, Vivien Leigh, Roger Moore, Joan Collins, Peter O'Toole, etc., as well as some excellent actors of a younger generation – Jessie Buckley, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Ben Whishaw, James Norton, Aimee Lee Wood, Gemma Arterton, Andrea Riseborough, etc.

If we just look at Harry Potter films we can find many RADA graduates portraying important roles – Alan Rickman (Severus Snape), Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort), Imelda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge), Timothy Spall (Wormtail), Fiona Shaw (Petunia Dursley), Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore), John Hurt (Mr. Ollivander).

I've been offered a place on the Foundation Course in Acting. As stated on their website, „Our two-term Foundation Course in Acting is taught by RADA tutors and directors, and provides a rigorous training in the foundations of acting. ”

I've done everything that is in my power to get a place, however, I cannot continue alone. I have to reach for help. There are no scholarships or bursaries available for me so I have to count on what I can earn and what help I can get from you, friends and strangers. I've come this far but there is still that one pretty big obstacle – the cost of tuition fees and living costs in London. The fees are £13,500 and that’s the amount I've put here as the goal, though it is likely I'd need help with accommodation as well because the rent in London is insane. And honestly if this crowdfunding campaign doesn't work or unless I win the lottery, I simply won't be able to go and take this chance.
You may ask why I even applied if don't have the funding and the answer is because I believe that everything is possible and I had to give myself a chance. I applied to one of the most prestigious drama schools knowing the odds, knowing how hard it is to get in and that thousands of people from all over the world apply (there were people from six countries and three different continents at my final round recall) so I believed if one miracle occurs and I get in one of the programmes, why wouldn't then another miracle occur and I manage to find the funding?

I always ask myself whether it's scarier to give something a go or to think about my future self regretting not even trying and not even giving her a chance... and then the answer is clear as day... dare always dare. ✨

And then it's so rewarding to look back and see how brave you were and to what great lengths you went to follow your heart.


So, how you could help:
  • financially, by donating to this campaign (no donation is too little, everything will contribute and make a change:)
  • sharing this campaign (PLEASE SHARE to your social media profiles or groups where there are a lot of members or people for whom you think that they could help)
  • letting me know where to share this or whom to contact, if you know people or organisations that help students/artists/good causes
  • words of support are always welcome :)


Thanks so much in advance,

Nina



From „I don't know what I want to be when I grow up” to RADA: My Acting/Auditioning Journey

I never was one of those children who simply knew what they wanted to be when they grew up. Or at least I thought so. Now I realise it’s only because I always tried to reason it out and never listened to my heart. Yet now when I look back I see there has always been something that interested me more than anything else, but I just couldn’t admit it to anyone, neither to myself. When I finally plucked up the courage to try acting, I started going to drama classes. At first it was only once a week, but then I became part of two or three drama groups at a time.

These classes have become the most interesting part of my life and it seems natural to me to pursue it on a higher level. It helped me realise that I want to study acting because it demands physical, mental and emotional engagement, which means engaging my whole being, involving my body, mind and soul, and I think it’s rarely so in any other job. Though it’s challenging, I’ve noticed that kind of work benefits me by helping me explore and understand myself which enables me to constantly evolve, transform and develop as an individual. I like the idea of working on myself, then working together with others in order to present our work to an audience. I want to provoke a reaction from people, make an impact on them; entertain them, but also make them think, feel, question, and this profession makes it possible.

I realised I wanted to study acting around 7 or 8 years ago. I was doing my language and literature studies but wasn't really happy with that, it didn't fulfil me nor made me feel I was on a path that would lead me to somewhere where I'd like to be. Whenever I was in the library to do my coursework I would naturally gravitate towards the drama section and go through books on acting and browse plays for potential monologues for my potential drama school auditions, for when and if I decide to do it. I realised I had to do it and in two years I auditioned for three schools in the UK, I did as much as I could financially, since back then first rounds were in person and for me it meant flying across Europe. I didn't have any success but I was fine with it because I thought I just wasn't at that level yet. Next two years I didn't audition due to some other reasons but acting was still very much an important part of my life, I countinued taking drama and dance classes and performed with an impro theatre group. In 2020 and 2021 I auditioned for the first time for the Academy in my city but again I didn't have any success, I found out that I don't even stand a chance because they consider me too old. That's really hard to face when you're young and entusiastic and want to learn and get better at something that you love to do. So this year I again decided to audition for schools in the UK and Ireland and thanks to the fact that first rounds were online I could apply and audition for many schools! And this year finally I received my first recalls, in fact for almost all of the schools I applied to, some I did, some I didn't do, I even got one another foundation year offer and ultimately this offer from RADA! So a place at this course means to me that years of trying, improving, learning, trying again, facing many rejections were worth it and that dedication and putting your heart, soul, mind and body into something ultimately pays off. The whole process has taught me an important life lesson.

I see this course as a turning point, the end of one journey and the beginning of a new one. I believe it has been offered to me as the next step I have to take on my journey of growth, both as a person and as an aspiring actress.

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