How I Manifested Drama School.
Recently I graduated from college and I am pursuing a career in Acting. Before I begin my testimony, I’d like to first thank each and every one of you who’ve stopped by to read my story. To keep things short, I had always wanted to pursue a career within the Performing Arts whether it was Singing, Acting or Dancing; I was interested in all. However, Acting has always and will always be one of my biggest passions. I knew I’d always pursue it no matter what.
Six months ago I was studying in college for a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Dance. This was my final chance at redemption with college as my 2 last attempts failed miserably. When I applied for college I never really intended to study Dance, in fact, my intentions were to re-apply for the Acting course I had previously left. But there were implications and I suppose the Universe wanted me to do Dance because it’s what I ended up doing and I enjoyed it.
I realised that soon, I would be graduating and the only thing I wanted to do after college was to begin training in acting! I am 19, I live in London. I felt it was my time to at least begin establishing myself within London as an aspiring Actor so I applied for IDSA, a part time drama school in the City of London. The reason I applied specifically for this particular school was because of its closeness. I would not have to commute very far. It was also a mostly black school offering more opportunities. It was also part time. That meant that alongside getting training, I could pursue other endeavours such as dancing, singing, learning an instrument or even learning a new language. Also it has an impressive alumni, school ethos and a promise to help develop students in their own truth. All those things appealed to me so I went ahead and applied.
I remember telling myself and others around me that I would be going to drama school. I had not yet even applied at that stage but I kept telling myself and others “Yeah, I am going to drama school.”. When my tutor and dance teachers would ask me what I would be doing once I graduated, I always responded with “I am going to drama school to begin my journey as an actor” and my teachers were confident that I would make it but more importantly, I knew without a doubt in my mind I was going to make it also.
I remember days where I would be sitting in my room, propping my phone on my window and recording myself giving an advice video on how to secure a place at IDSA, pretending I had already got in and had did it all. It was weird, but I didn’t feel weird and I never at any point questioned what I was saying or doing. It was as if I was apart of the alumni and I was being invited back to the school to give a speech to the students explaining my journey with the school. Every chance I got to say I that was going to Drama school, I would. It became habit. Some days I’d live my life and try not to become too obsessed with the idea, as I knew no matter what, I was going.
The day I had my audition was the same day as my friends birthday meal and gathering. So I had my audition in the morning and later that evening, I celebrated my friends birthday. That morning, I was quite nervous; in fact, I was very nervous but I made sure to not allow my nervous to get the best of me. The audition was 1 hour and 30-45 minutes long! I made the most of it and even saw an old friend who I hadn’t seen in years and thank God because after the audition, I wasn’t feeling too confident. I didn’t feel like I did my best and I felt as if I had let myself down. It was when I reiterated this to my old friend, that she stopped me and reassured me that everything was fine and no matter what I’d already got in. We spent maybe 2 hours together talking and catching up and it made me feel so much better! I am thankful I saw her because I knew I would’ve spent my journey home convincing myself I did awful and that I wasn’t good enough. She allowed me to maintain positive vibes and keep optimistic.
I went to my friends meal and soon started drinking in celebration, although her birthday was the day before so we were just celebrating her existence. I had completely forgotten about my audition and I told myself that what is meant to be, will be.
At about 1 am I decided to check my emails and to my surprise, I saw an email from IDSA. I opened it and in writing it read:
From: Identity Drama Applications
Subject: IDENTITY – Audition Results U21
5 July 2018 at 16:41
Thank you for auditioning for Identity School of Acting.
We are pleased to inform you that you have been successful in gaining a place at the school.
And so on and so on!
In that moment I jumped in absolute shock and joy screaming OMG! I just got in to Drama school and I began crying my eyes out. I was accepted the same day as my audition!!! Normally you would be expecting to hear your results within 2 weeks of your audition. So how I found out on the same day I will never know but I am truly grateful and I know that it was meant to be.
The law of attraction works but you have to live in your truth! What you believe is real, is real. If you believe that you are going to get on that train, you will get on that train so believe it!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!