Friday, 13 June 2014

My National Youth Drama School Experience

NYDS 2012, my first year. Performing with the Acting Technique class at the Hawkes Bay Opera House.

NYDS 2013, my second year. Our epic Screen Acting class photo.

NYDS 2014, this year's Advanced Acting class photo.

For the past three years, I have travelled to Havelock North to attend National Youth Drama School. I don't even know where to start because it is such an amazing place that it's indescribable with words. You have to go there and experience it to understand. Basically it's where all of the performing arts students from around New Zealand gather in one place for 8 days and share all of their wonderful talents and personalities. 

There is a huge range of class options, with so many brilliant tutors, including Directing, Circus, Cutting Edge Theatre, Screen Acting, Shakespeare, Song-writing,  Dance, Musical Theatre and so many more.

We are taught by industry professionals. Nobody is going to tell you that "acting isn't a suitable career choice, you should think realistically!" You will be encouraged to follow your dreams and not be looked down upon for wanting to do what you love.

As well as the high quality learning experience you get, you will also make some life long connections and friendships. It is such a unique environment where individuality is accepted and creative expression thrives. Although it's still a school-like situation it feels far from it because everyone actually wants to be there and is passionate about their subjects.

I would highly recommend NYDS to anyone wishing to pursue a career in performing arts whether you prefer to work in the spotlight or behind the scenes. If still you don't believe me just check out all these reviews.

Next year will be my final year as a student, who wants to join me?

WARNING: a high percentage of students suffer serious PND after attending NYDS, but they all report that it's completely worth it. PND is the technical term for post-NYDS-depression. Symptoms include not wanting to relate to normal people, binging on junk food, crying in public every time you hear the school song on the radio, and just generally not coping with reality. Symptoms can last anywhere from a few weeks to an entire year (until the next NYDS.) #onlynydskidswillunderstand.


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