APPLYING FOR GRADUATE DRAMA SCHOOL?
The inclination to move towards a graduate Drama training program abroad came during a time of a great plateau in my personal, professional, creative and spiritual life. I have been pushing forward all this time and realized I’ve hit a wall. I could also describe that period as a great desert, or a vast expanse of nothingness. It is within this landscape that I decided I needed training for a long-term career.
I only wanted to apply to the top drama schools in the United States. After a period of weighing options back and forth, I decided that if I would not take this path now I will regret it for the rest of my life. The desire to get into a top drama school in the United States was so strong that I felt that if I would not be able to cross the threshold I will be like an egg that never hatched and will eventually go bad.
I took the journey step-by-step. I spoke to a number of key people in the Philippines whose careers I respected and who also had an MA or MFA from abroad. I asked for their advice about schools, how it is to study in the United States, how to support myself financially, what institutions can help me, etc. I also sought the help of a Drama Teacher who got her MFA in Acting at a training program in New York as well. She helped me with my head shot, checked my resume and application essay and helped me rehearse my chosen monologues.
My advice for applicants is, have a sense of who you are and where you want to take your life and career and honor that. That has been my guiding light throughout my entire journey crossing the threshold. The question, “How can I reveal myself most fully?” has been more helpful to me than, “How can I impress the panel?”. The Juilliard School is a great school, but sometimes people only see the shiny “ball.” What you need to find is a community and a training program that is a good match for YOU and is in line with the kind of person and artist you would like to become.
REGINA DE VERA