20 Things Everyone Who Studies Acting at Uni Knows To Be True
“Pretending to be other people is a legitimate career choice, right?” If you ever found yourself saying this, odds are you became an acting student. Which means you live in a world few people will understand, but who will ALL know these 20 things to be true.
1. When you arrived you secretly thought you were going to immediately change the acting industry forever.
You were ready to break down barriers, win awards, re-write the method – all while looking EPIC.
2. But quickly realised this degree might not be exactly what you were expecting.
“Why do I have my eyes closed while humming and rubbing my arms? What am I achieving?’
3. Having that one crazy teacher that has their own “methods”.
Whether they have you running around the room screaming or dancing to their random drumming, you often just can’t handle wtf is going on.
4. Drunk rehearsals are a thing.
“Obviously drinking increases our creativity because it reduces our inhibitions, right? RIGHT?”
5. You start to realise your friends who study “real” subjects are having a very different experience to you.
“You mean to say your contact hours don’t occasionally involve walking around for an hour as an animal?”
6. Shakespeare is more complicated to perform than you could have ever, EVER imagined.
7. You’ve learnt how to cope with crippling humiliation very well, mainly because you experience it on a daily basis.
Anyone who laughs when you fall over is just immature at this stage.
8. When you do venture out of your rehearsal cave, the majority of the public looks at you and your classmates like you are either homeless, crazy or really pretentious.
9. Developing extremely over-dramatic reactions to ‘bad’ acting or productions.
You make sure EVERYONE knows how you feel.
10. Money is a thing of the past.
You DEFINITELY needed that extra bottle of wine last night to deal with the criticism you got in voice class and you DEFINITELY needed to invest in a new pair of character shoes because your other ones were scuffed and you DEFINITELY needed to buy a genuine vintage radio for that scene you’re doing. 💁
11. The pain of not getting the part you auditioned for in a play.
Your reaction to this is obviously completely composed, you don’t throw a tantrum at all.
12. You get used to the fact that people tend to have very unreasonable expectations of you.
“So are you famous yet?” “When’s your big break?” “‘Where can I see you on telly?”
13. While others believe that you’re wasting your time.
“Why do you need to train? Anyone can act, can’t they?”
14. You find yourself more emotional than the majority of the student population.
Sunsets, sad puppies, a really great cup of tea – you name it, we will have the mosr dramatic emotional response.
15. And you will, at some point, adopt some kind of vegan, vegetarian or something-free diet.
You are not sure why, but it happens to all of us.
16. The difficulty of attempting to facilitate everyone’s creative visions in group projects.
This is never easy. Either you make a masterpiece, or you all end up rolling around on the floor in pink paint because its the only thing you could agree on. This isn’t what the real world is like, is it?
17. And the rarity of actually feeling like you’re nailing it.
Whether you got a great part or you have a great director, something is falling into place.
18. There’s no pressure like trying to find a good agent.
How does one get an agent? What even is an agent? We need them? Oh, lord, we need them. What are they again? Help? How do we find one? How do I make them stay? How do I make them like me? WHAT FRESH HELL IS THIS???
19. You realise that the experience you’re having with these coursemates is something you’ll never experience with anyone else.
By default, this makes these people life-long friends. Mainly because they know too much. They know how weird you are, and how crazy you get before you go onstage. They’ve also
probably definitely kissed you.