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FSU/Asolo Conservatory Students Offer Audition Advice

Published October 23, 2014

FSU/Asolo Conservatory second-year graduate students were asked to create videos for the University Resident Theatre Association in preparation for URTA audition season in January and February.  FSU/Asolo Conservatory students were asked what advice they would give to themselves if they could go back in time before they auditioned for graduate schools.

Joe Knispel

Hi, I’m Joe Knispel. I’m a second-year at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training. One piece of advice I would give myself if I could go back in time before I auditioned for URTA, was to really focus on who I was in presenting the best version of myself. I was worried about presenting the best actor I could rather than the best version of myself.

I would say that the biggest mistake I made at my audition was timing my audition pieces the morning before I went to audition. I had rehearsed the pieces over and over again, so I knew them but for some reason I felt I needed to time them to make sure they were perfect. I ran over. This caused me to rush and to panic. I panicked the entire morning before my audition and it didn’t allow me to express who I was on stage and to express the pieces I had rehearsed so often.

The reason I chose the FSU/Asolo Conservatory was a combination of three different things I was looking for in a graduate school. Tuition: The FSU/Asolo Conservatory provides tuition and a stipend which was very enticing for me as a struggling actor before coming in to being a graduate student.

The other thing I was looking for was to have a school experience where I also got the professional experience. The FSU/Asolo Conservatory is connected with a professional repertory theatre, another criteria on my list.

The other thing I was really looking for was the conservatory setting and not a big campus setting. I wanted a lot of personal attention, a smaller class where professors wouldn’t have to focus on the undergraduate students but would be able to take their time with me.

Kelsey Peterson

I’m Kelsey Peterson and I’m a second year graduate student at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory.

I think if I had to go back and give myself some advice I would say to come in way more prepared than I did. I came into URTA not expecting to get past the screening round. Needless to say when I did, and got callbacks, I was not as prepared as I should be.

SO my advice is to, even if you don’t expect good things, which you should, do your research.

My biggest mistake goes back to not being prepared enough. I felt like I didn’t have any questions. I thought of so many later, and I was lucky that Greg gave me his email address to use. I definitely wish I had taken time to come up with question.

I was looking for a good connection to a regional theatre. I was looking for a tuition waiver and a stipend because I’m poor. I was looking for a really good faculty. Good stage time and opportunities. That’s the base of it. The reputation here is second to none. It is perfect — way more so than I thought coming in here.

Ally Farzetta

My name is Ally Farzetta and I’m a second-year at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training.

My best piece of advice that I would give myself before the URTA process would be to utilize all my resources; talk to my friends that went through the URTA process; that have gone through the interview process for graduate school. Ask them the kinds of questions they were asked. Think about my answers. If you are in undergrad, ask your professors to give you a mock interview.

The biggest mistake I made was that I really didn’t put a lot of energy into researching the schools before my audition. When I got my callback list, I saw this variety of schools I knew nothing about. I felt a lot of anxiety and pressure. My first interview after getting that sheet of callbacks was I had 10 minutes to look on my iPhone and figure out all the information I could. I texted my professors asking them if they’d heard of these schools.

I think when you’re looking for a school – make a list of what you want in a graduate school. Don’t settle for a school that is missing one of those essential things.