what colleges have a bigger ration getting students into acting careers in hollywood?

i want to be an actress, but i want to go to college. i was thinking of going to UVA and getting an acting major, but im just wondering, which colleges in the US have a bigger ratio? i really want to be a famous actress in hollywood…

4 Responses to “what colleges have a bigger ration getting students into acting careers in hollywood?”

  • Theatre Doc:

    I know you mean ‘ratio’. Julliard used to be tops but has slipped in recent years. I don’t know that you can find statistics that would make a case for schools with high ratios of students in hollywood acting careers because many did not graduate, many did not major in acting, etc. The proper degree for acting is BFA Acting. UVA has no such degree program, only a drama major, which is not a bad major that I and many other actors took in college. College degrees are actually of of no value in hollywood where all casting is done by reputation, look and ability.

  • Cogito:

    That’s not really important nor would you easily be able to find that out.
    But if you just want to be famous, I’d advise you to forget the whole idea of acting and get a normal job.
    Wanting fame is the worst possible reason to start acting, as genuine actors are not interested in fame. They act because they love it, and it wouldn’t change a thing if they never got a good role in anything big, ever.
    Fame is a little kid’s fantasy – not the goal of a sane adult.
    Aim to be good at acting, aim to be reasonably successful, and aim to be happy. But if fame is what you’re after, you’re heading for disappointment if you fail and a nightmare if you succeed.

  • HandMeDownHeart:

    Honestly, it doesn’t really matter what college you go to. Some schools with good programs are Julliard, NYU, UCLA, and Boston College. Honestly though, you don’t need to major in acting to become an actress.

    Now, I can’t tell you how to be famous, but I can tell you how to become an actress.

    The first thing you need is experience. Take acting classes. Audition for school plays (even if you don’t major in acting, you can still get involved in plays in college). Check out local colleges and universities to find out about auditions for student films. Read as many books on acting as you can (I highly suggest reading books by Stella Adler, Jack Poggi, and Ute Hagan). Audition for community theatre shows. Your first goal should be to build up a resume that includes both training and experience.

    Once you have a resume built up, you should get headshots taken. After getting headshots, look for auditions on http://www.actorsaccess.com, http://www.backstage.com, and http://www.filmtelevisionauditions.com/. These websites have great information on tons of auditions.

    Once you have a headshot, resume, and some professional experience, you can begin your search for an agent. An agent, as you probably know, will help you find more auditions. Be wary of scams. You should NEVER pay an agent any up-front costs. In order to find legitimate agents, go to the SAG website: http://www.sag.org/content/find-agent Once you have an agent, you should still be training (think of acting like playing a musical instrument; if you stop practicing, your skills are not as strong).

  • TruthTeller59:

    Do you need a BFA/MFA degree to act? Nope. Will it help? maybe…

    I majored in business in college and it was my best decision for many reasons. Because of it I have been more successful than my colleagues who have either started the same time as I did or have been doing this much longer. Thanks to my business degree, I have been able to successfully market myself, network effectively, be more professional, avoid scams, know tax loopholes/write offs, etc. It has also helped me produce multiple streams of income so I can pursue acting because I enjoy it and NOT as a source of income.

    This is called show BUSINESS, not show-screwing around.

    Also, I believe college is about experiencing as much as you can. Audit as many classes outside of your major and get involved with campus activities. Part of acting is living the life. Get a rich college experience so you have a good story to tell through your experiences.

    My beef is with year+ institutions like AADA and BFA/MFA programs is this. I believe in being more diverse in my training. The year+ programs can sometimes be like factories where they churn out actors who are taught pretty much the same thing through a structured curriculum. What might work for one person, will NOT work for a different person.

    Also, a lot of the conservatories and BFA/MFA programs have strict policies such as NOT being able to audition outside of their school or study at other places simultaneously. I think this is limiting to the actor. The actor should have the freedom to audition for outside projects and add to the current curriculum.

    Diversify your training:

    Some of the Best Non-Collegiate Schools in LA:

    Cold Reading/Auditioning
    -Margie Haber
    -Annie Grindlay
    -Saxon Trainor
    -Brian Reise
    -Robert D’Avanzo
    -Amy Lyndon

    -Hey, I Saw Your Commercial!
    -Chris Game
    -Stuart K. Robinson
    -Stuart Stone
    -Killian McHugh
    -Francine Selkirk-Akerman
    -Carolyne Barry

    -Second City
    -Upright Citizens Brigade
    -Improv Olympic
    -Cynthia Szigeti

    Scene Study/Acting (It varies. Some schools are not for everyone. Chubbuck, Eric Morris, and Howard Fine are not for people who aren’t fans of Strasberg or Uta Hagen (ie. affective memory and substitution.) Playhouse West, Joanne Baron/DW Brown, Elizabeth Mestnik, and Acting Corps are more Meisner oriented. Try to audit these places and make sure if they’re for you or not.

    -Doug Warhit
    -Stephen Book
    -Diana Castle
    -Beverly Hills Playhouse
    -Howard Fine
    -Stella Adler
    -Elizabeth Mestnik
    -Ivanna Chubbuck
    -Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown
    -Tom Todoroff
    -Playhouse West
    -Aaron Speiser
    -Acting Corps
    -Vinny Guastaferro
    -Anthony Meindl

    -Lesly Kahn

    In NY:
    -William Esper
    -HB Studios
    -Stella Adler
    -T. Schreiber
    -Weist Baron
    -Upright Citizens Brigade
    -Margie Haber
    -Redwall Productions (Rosalyn Coleman)
    -Neighborhood Playhouse
    -Circle in the Square

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