Applying to drama school can be even more daunting than applying for an academic qualification. There is stiff competition and as well as a personal statement you’ll also need to audition and attend an interview.
Both of these things could be as part of a group or as an individual but whichever method your chosen drama school uses the preparation will still be the same. As a potential drama student you’ll already know what you’ll need to do to prepare for your audition so we’re going to focus on your interview.
Here is a list of potential interview questions you might be asked as a prospective drama school student:
Try to avoid starting your answer with a phrase such as “Since I was a small child/from an early age…” They’re going to hear answers like that all the time so try and come up with something that makes you stand out from the crowd.
Again, claiming that the current hottest Hollywood actor is your idol isn’t going to make your memorable. Think about actors you might have seen on stage, at local drama festivals, or from little known films. The interviewer wants to see that you know more about acting than just what you see on the big screen.
Don’t put yourself down but don’t try and make out that you’re the greatest actor that ever lived. Constructive criticism of your performance and evaluating your strengths and weaknesses shows the interviewer that you know what you need to do to improve your performance in the future.
This could be anything from a serious dramatic performance to the Christmas pantomime. Talk about the style of play, the acting, script, lighting, and any other aspects of the performance that stood out to you.
If you’ve seen similar plays or plays by the same writer/director/producer then you could also compare their play or performance.