Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Why audition for a Foundation Course?

Last week, we had our termly Advisory Board meeting with representatives of various sectors of the industry, who help us to ensure that Read College stays at the top of its game in Acting and Musical Theatre Foundation training.

One thought that we spoke about with them was the difficulty that we face with the dozens of small scale, unaccredited three-year courses popping up all over the country at the moment.  There is no harm in new colleges starting up - many have done a fantastic job and gone on to great things, but what happens to the students who enroll at less successful establishments which do not go on to get the respect and recognition of the industry?

A quote from top Musical Theatre agent and Read College advisors, James Beresford: 
"Going to just any three-year course is a waste of time - no agents or casting people will see you at the end of it. Make sure you go to one of the colleges that the industry recognises". 

And that is why we do what we do at Read. Last year 100% of our students were offered further training at schools including Urdang, Laines, Millenium and many others and they WILL get that industry exposure.  That's why making the right choices early on, and spending the time to train at Foundation level is so important.

So, if you are considering training in the industry, remember - do your research, and make sure the places that you audition at are going to get you to where you want to be.  If they're not, or if you don't get in to those courses first time round... Well, you know what to

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