What’s been clear this week is that while drama school isn’t a panacea to all the insecurities of the profession, actors who haven’t gone accede that the work done there appears to be an indispensable infrastructure upon which to build a solid career.
In a Q and A for “The Cripple of Inishmaan”, Daniel Radcliffe mentioned: “Obviously, drama school isn’t the only option for acting training, but even when you’re one of the most famous actors in the world, lack of it can still make you feel like you’re playing catch up.”
In Time Out, Hayley Atwell spoke of how, despite going to the Guildhall School of Speech and Drama, she was uncertain of how she would fit into the industry: “I came out of drama school wondering whether I could really make a living out of being an actor.” While drama school doesn’t appear to have done Atwell any harm, it is worth noting that although the training there was indisputably helpful , she acknowledged: “It’s not until quite recently that I realised how unformed I was. I felt like a baby, I just wanted to please.”
Radcliffe also spoke of how he compensated not going to drama school with extensive work with acting coaches. Both are examples of how in some instances, the fact of whether or not you went to drama school, is irrelevant. Your personal development as an actor is down to you. Drama school cannot and does not teach you everything. If you feel technically deficient or artistically immature, it is down to you to seek someone such as Audition Doctor to give you a chance of survival in this profession.
Aside from the creative aspect of being an actor, Audition Doctor is getting more students who are earning a crust in the corporate sector. Chair of the Board of the Actors Centre, Paul Clayton, has just published a book entitled “So You Want To Be A Corporate Actor” and gives the example of how corporate acting training is something that should be taught at drama schools but isn’t. Jobs in the business sector can be lucrative and Clayton’s research showed that only 14% learned anything about the corporate sector at drama school, while 63% ended up finding useful work in the sector. Interviewing actors, he found that many felt inexperienced and unschooled when it came to this side of the profession.
This is what makes Audition Doctor unique as Tilly has had experience working both in the creative and business sphere. Whether you are an actor about to do a corporate job or someone working in business whose job involves public speaking, Audition Doctor will prove to be undoubtedly useful. You will soon realise that the more sessions you do with Audition Doctor, the less you feel like you’re playing catchup.