Question by MMmm: acting and film making in college?
im from a small country and im in highschool atm and here there arent any actors or film makers because its a tiny tiny island where i live so its a job here. and i want to be an actor but since there are no acting classes i wanted to finish high school and go to take theatre and film making in college like ucla tft, but my this friend i know told me.. if i want to enter a college for film making or acting i need some papers that i’ve taken acting or film making classes in the past.. but i have nothing! 🙁 is this true?? and what should i do?
Answer by Avid Film Freak
Your story relates to mine in a way.
I’m currently attending Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah in America. The college has an extensive performing and media arts program that I’m trying to get into right now. I’m in the process right now for applying into the Film major (Media Arts). I love film, I’ve taken a film class and aced it, throughout my life I’ve been involved with acting, but never film-making.
I recently was at a workshop, which helps students learn about the application process and what to do for it. I was very worried. I love film and acting, and hoped to be extensively involved with film-making somehow (preferably acting, directing or producing). But I was worried because I have had no experience with film-making. I’ve auditioned for a couple movies and commercials a couple times, I also made a home movie when I was 12, and I’ve acted on stage and have taken many acting classes, and I LOVE movies and frequently watch, analyze and critic them, BUT I have never actually been involved in a professional/amateur film process.
My worries vanished when the heads of the department at my college mentioned that students with any background can be admitted. They even said some students who have been accepted in the past never had any experience either, and that some that have been rejected HAD some experience. What they were looking for were students who are analytical, collaborative, creative, teachable and responsible. They were looking for those who have the HEART, and the ability to show it.
I’m pretty sure there are schools that accept only those who have an impressive resume. But there are also schools, like mine, who require any amount of experience.
Go and do what you love, and do your best.
p.s. another point, if you have money, or if you can get some major scholarships, try the New York Film Academy. If you can afford the tuition, they take ANYBODY. And if you prove to be talented enough, and dedicated enough, you can graduate with some really great experiences, and an impressive resume for film-making.
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