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Today I met up with a guy I know called Ralf. Ralf is great, and the only thing I regret about our frindship is that we didn't become friends sooner, because we have known/known of eachother for years and years. Ralf is also a graduate of the Deakin drama thingie.

Anyway, I told him about punk_rock_nerd's upcoming audition for the VCA, and about how astrodust has talked about auditioning for the VCA and for NIDA. And about how every time one of my friends does the auditioning thing, I always get a little jealous because I have always wanted to go the the VCA and be an actor, but how I have always chosen the relatively safe path of a career in science instead.

But that, you know, at the back of my mind I always wanted to give it a shot. And how now that I am over 25, I should be able to get Austudy again.

And you know what he said? Go for it. Just like that, without missing a beat. That he thinks I'd do well, as the sort of person that they would want to have in the course (talent aside, that is).

That was fucking awesome of him. Because it has always been one of my secret dreams which I don't talk about for fear of ridicule by those whose opinions I value, and it was the first time I can remember getting any sort of encouragement to try it. To just try it. Regardless of success or failure.

I'm beginning to think seriously about actually giving it a shot for the mid year selections for next year, once I've got this fucking awful degree which I hate out of the way. In the words of William Shatner;

"Live life like you're going to die. Because you're going to."

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lokicarbis
Jul. 7th, 2005 09:03 am (UTC)
Honey, doing this would be an experiment. And experiments neither succeed nor fail - they generate results, from which you then refine the experiment to try it anew. You know this in the lab - know it in your heart as well :)
binka_boo
Jul. 7th, 2005 10:43 am (UTC)
you could also consider the National, and that way you can retain social security by continuing working (but lose all social life)

and there's also Flinders and CPA in adelaide if you're up for an adventure!
Flinders Drama Centre (where I went) will also give you a BCA if you want one (well, as long as you pass it'll give you one even if you DON'T want one!)
iosef
Jul. 7th, 2005 01:16 pm (UTC)
Go for it! Don't forget that VU (Footscray) and BUPA have courses too.
(Anonymous)
Jul. 7th, 2005 01:27 pm (UTC)
"Still trying to find out who I am. Time will tell."

There's only one way to know, and that's to dive headlong into the things that scare you. Most people, as I've found, would kill to know (or admit) their dream. It's not following your dream that is hard, it's working out what it is. Hundreds of millions of people reach the grave without ever asking that question, and that's the most tragic of outcomes.

Do what makes your soul sing. If you act from your center, all barriers will fall before you. People will laugh, people will cry, people will be jealous and vengeful and horrible and lovely and radiant.

But none of that matters, if you do what you KNOW YOU ARE BUILT TO DO, RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW.

Good luck. And don't forget that it's okay for dreams to change - just do what you need to for now. And don't go to the grave wondering...

Morgan
punk_rock_nerd
Jul. 7th, 2005 01:44 pm (UTC)
Ralf's right. Go for it.
meleah
Jul. 7th, 2005 07:27 pm (UTC)
About a year out from finishing I decided nearly for sure, about a dozen times, that I was absolutely, definitely, running away and joining the circus. Or at least auditioning for the circus arts course at swinburne?RMIT? I forget, one of them. Madness, but..

..this doesn't sound like madness to me, Bec. And I don't think you should pursue something which makes you so miserable. Finish this thing you started, by all means, but don't feel tied to it - and a bit of a go at something else might be so refreshing, you'll wonder what you've been doing with the rest of your life!
kythys
Jul. 7th, 2005 11:18 pm (UTC)
Hell yes! I'm sure the only reason none of us ever suggested it to you was simply not wanting to push you where you didn't want to go. Tidy up the loose ends and get that piece of paper becasue it would be such a waste not to have some recognition of all your hard work, BUT this is not making you happy and can't you imagine a life for yourself where you were happier?! I'm a baby steps person, work out what you want and work out what you need to do to get there. Seems to me the first step for you is finding that perfect monologue and get rehearsing!
You've been practicising for what 15 years now? I'll bet you have more control over your presentation and emotion than most of the other people before they even begin to start!
morsla
Jul. 12th, 2005 12:24 am (UTC)
If you want to talk to another person who's done the audition thing, aeliel originally got into Dance and Drama before she transferred to Arts. Can't hurt to talk to as many people as possible to find out how they handled the different styles of audition out there.
tyggerjai
Aug. 14th, 2005 02:06 pm (UTC)
Heh. I've done this twice now.

I did a year of Asian Studies in Canberra (ANU) before jacking it in to do the Audition Thing *everywhere* (QUT Kelvin Grove, UCQ Townsville, VCA, NIDA, Rusden, uh, somewhere else. About 10 auditions over 2 weeks in 3 cities). Moved to Melbourne, did 3 years of Drama and Dance at Deakin Rusden, very nearly graduated, before running away to teach ballroom dancing and freelance as a lighting tech. Now after 6 years in IT, I'm going back to it - doing lighting and staging stuff, freelancing again, starving, but working for the Circus. And I'm with Morgan - utterly unsurprisingly. Go for it. If you want to chat to someone who isn't biased by being your friend, feel free, but I say do it. At the very least audition. That doesn't have to commit you to anything, and will tell you alot about how much you really want it, I think.

sol.
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