Drama School – The Agent’s Scouting Ground

When Joel Fry (currently starring in Public Enemy at The Young Vic) was asked in an Ideastap interview whether he thought peopIe need to go to drama school, he replied: “I  don’t think they need to, but it can be quite a lot of fun. It’s the opportunity to hang around with loads of other talented actors, although it does get a bit nasty and competitive later on. It makes you feel like you’re part of something. It also helps getting an agent – I don’t know how people get an agent otherwise.”

In the same week, The Stage ran an article entitled “Is Your Agent An Arsehole?” which denounced agents as having “too much control”, “too much leverage”. However, the reality is that an actor without an agent is significantly disadvantaged. Students go to drama school not solely for artistic reasons but for commercial ones as well. The third-year showcase is the launchpad for most students’ careers. It’s where agents can be made aware of new talent and getting the right agent is crucial. Talent does not trump all; without the right representation, it’s highly likely that it will go unnoticed. From getting you auditions to negotiating contracts, agents are influential and helpful in both your artistic decisions and financial situation. Actors who don’t have agents will find it incredibly hard to be seen by casting directors as open auditions are rare and professional contacts are crucial.

Drama school gives you the best opportunity to be taken on by an agency that is highly respected in the industry. Many agents featured in Spotlight specify “No new applicants. Existing clients only.” Although new talent is always being sought, it is worth remembering that it is already an overly-crowded profession. Talent without the backup of vocational training over the course of 3 years is frequently not enough. Training at an accredited drama school is a sign to prospective agents that you have achieved a certain level of professional affirmation and you have the creative, as well as technical, abilities to sustain an acting career.

This is why Audition Doctor is so integral to your path to becoming a professional actor. While Laurie Sanson’s (head of the National Theatre of Scotland) comments of England facing a “talent migration” to the North should not be dismissed as mere scaremongering, the fact is that English drama schools are considered unequivocally to be the best in the world and the rising of tuition fees has barely made any difference to the number of applicants. The number of prospective drama school students attending Audition Doctor has also risen. There is no substitute for being taught by someone who has attended one herself and who is on the panel for auditions at the Actor’s Centre. Accurate insider knowledge is hard to come by and Audition Doctor offers this alongside peerless acting advice. This is why Audition Doctor sessions place in you the best possible position to get into drama school and secure an agent.