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Unit 10: Preparing For Progression/ Extended Diploma in Performing & Production Arts

2018-19

PREPARING FOR YOUR ACTING CAREER

START DATE: 17/09/2018

DEADLINE DATE: 05/04/2019

Directors Delivering Project: Laura Holland, Will Cowell, Claire Hardaker, Carleigh Pettard, Gavin Brocker , Lucy Flack, 1
Scott Le Crass,
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PROJECT OVERVIEW
In this project you will gain an understanding of how an actor promotes themselves in the industry and
what skills are needed to be successful within a Drama School audition process. You will have the
opportunity to research into the different progression and career routes you want to undertake. This will
enable you to gain the knowledge and understanding needed to progress within the acting industry or
related career options. It is important at this stage in your training that you start to focus on your
strengths as a performer and understand your casting bracket. You will be going up against other actors
within the industry and so it is essential to understand your competition, how an actor conducts
themselves professionally on a day-to-day basis and having the attitude, determination and skills needed
to succeed.

Throughout the process, it is important to immerse yourself in the wider industry, not just the world of the
Miskin Theatre. There will be a Q & A session taking place with professional actors that have been through
the Drama School process. This will be a useful opportunity to ask questions as part of your primary
research and then reflect on it within your scrapbook. Use it as a point of inspiration for researching into
your career options.

You will need to see a variety of a theatre productions, from Classical to Contemporary. You will need to
research a range of monologues both classical and contemporary, as well as character songs. Choose texts
that inspire you when you are working on them for audition with your Director/s.

By the end of the project you will have gained a comprehensive understanding of your next career steps,
completed your UCAS application and auditioned for your chosen Drama Schools/ Universities, developed
a portfolio of work, CV, personal statement and cover letter.

ACADEMIC ELEMENTS
 Complete the UCAS application process and student finance options.
 Create a scrapbook of all your findings and clippings from your
research into prospective drama schools and universities. Make
sure you are clear as to the different types of course available to
you.
 Create a personal statement, cover letter and actor’s CV.
 Create a portfolio of work/ photographs on your professional
website.
 Action plan.

You will complete all these tasks and receive feedback from your directors
as guidance for your progression into potential career routes.

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RESEARCH ACTIVITY BREAKDOWN
These processes and activities that you will explore and understand are an essential part of the audition
and promotional process for an actor. Here is a list of the areas to consider for your research:

 UCAS Application Process


 Personal Statement
 CV
 Professional Website
 Drama Schools
 Universities
 Progression Routes/ Alumni from Courses
 Headshots
 Contemporary Plays
 Classical Plays
 Plays
 Character songs
 Monologues
 Samuel French
 National Theatre & Bookshop
 Foyles
 Musical Theatre
 Audition Technique
 Skills
 Strengths and Weaknesses
 Casting Bracket
 Agents & Casting Directors
 Professional Conduct
 Courses Available
 Course Breakdown
 Individuality/ Standing out
 Student Finance England

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Unit 10: Preparing For Progression/ Extended Diploma in Performing & Production Arts
2018-19

ACTIVITY 1
Take part in a Q & A with post Drama School professional actors. Ask questions and record your feedback
in an appropriate way. (Video, notes, audio recording)

ACTIVITY 2
Produce a draft of your personal statement and actors CV. You will receive feedback from your director on
this. By the end of the process you will have a completed document to apply for UCAS and any auditions
that arise in the coming months. Apply for your chosen career options and start to prepare for your
auditions with your director’s guidance (monologues/ character songs).

ACTIVITY 3
Use primary (1st hand) and secondary (already produced) research to discover the different options for
your chosen career ambitions and collate your findings into a scrapbook. Use the list above to give
yourself an educated process.

Include an analysis of your strengths and ambitions and identify as many goals as you can achieve by the
end of your process. How do you want to achieve these? Why?

ACTIVITY 4
Take part in audition preparation workshops with your director. Note any feedback you receive in your
scrapbook, it is important that you understand why you received this and how to improve as an actor.
Record your monologues and character songs on film and create pod casts of your progression on your
company Facebook site. You may also find it helpful to post up research for other company members to
view as inspiration, this is the most important process of your career so far, have fun doing it!

ACTIVITY 5
Perform a mock audition of your monologues and character songs in front of a panel of directors and
analyse the entire audition process from start to finish. Write an action plan that identifies improvements
and conclusions and evidence this in your scrapbook by your first audition date.

TABLE OF VOCATIONAL ACTIVITIES


Q & A Visit
Shared Pod Casts of Progression
Theatre Visits
Audition Prep. Workshops

Directors Delivering Project: Laura Holland, Will Cowell, Claire Hardaker, Carleigh Pettard, Gavin Brocker , Lucy Flack, 4
Scott Le Crass,
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ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

Learning Outcomes Assessment Criteria


1. Understand progression routes and related 1.1 Critically evaluate own strengths and ambitions
audition application processes. to support own development and meet identified
goals.
1.2 Use knowledge and understanding of
progression routes to make applications within
performing arts education or related employment.
2. Understand communication, skills and 2.1 Critically evaluate communication channels
knowledge for progression routes. used to promote progression within performing
arts.
2.2 Use understanding of communication skills
and knowledge required to support own
progression goals within performing arts.
3. Be able to use presentation skills and 3.1 Demonstrate the presentation skills and
knowledge to make applications for future knowledge required to make applications to
study or work. progression routes within the performing arts.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

English and Maths: This project will include functional skills in English and Maths. Please bear in mind your industry requires
eloquent use of English and accurate use of figures, to which end, the continuing development of these skills are firmly
embedded inside all your work.

Note on Copyright and Plagiarism: This process will require independent research. Copying from the internet and additional
sources is not appropriate and violates copyright and will be classed as plagiarism unless fully annotated and credited. You
must make your work your own. We need to see that you have an understanding of the areas that you have researched.
Copying work directly from ANY source will not be tolerated. If you quote ANY existing material you must put it in quotation
marks and in brackets, attribute the source / author. For example: “Copying is cheating” (The Directors, 2014, The Miskin
Theatre)

Break A Leg! Work Hard!


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