American Musical and Dramatic Academy Accepts Kempsville Student

People in the fine arts, whether it be acting, singing, or playing an instrument, often have to endure the word “no” when auditioning for roles and schools within their field. Whether it be that only one person is needed or someone fits a part better, participants in the arts learn quickly that rejections come more often than acceptances.

 

For junior Natasha Santana, however, acceptance was all she heard after auditioning for the American Musical Dramatic Academy (AMDA), which has a 21% acceptance rate and is the fourth best college for performing arts in America.

 

“In order to audition, you have to go online and request an audition. It’s a really easy process.” Santana said. The admission requirements include an audition, an online application, recommendations, and transcripts. 

 

“There are only two campuses, New York and Los Angeles, and I personally chose the Los Angeles campus because I like warm weather and I despise the cold,” Santana said. “Plus, California is where I want to be when I grow up.” 

 

 At the time of application, you can specify which location you wish to attend and for which program. Programs include Two-Year Conservatory, Associate of Occupational Studies, BFAs, and BAs – all in drama and theater production. 

 

“…I was lucky enough to get the opportunity because I was really going for the experience. I wasn’t expecting to get into the school itself because I… don’t have too much experience in acting. I was just in the fall play and that was my first real performance being onstage.” Santana explained. 

 

She made her acting debut last year in “The Importance of Being Earnest” playing Cecily Cardew. 

 

…Be yourself. Do not try to be someone that you’re not. Be yourself because at the end of the day, that’s what the judges want to see from you. Make sure when you go into that audition room, that you own that room. When it comes to auditioning, it’s you. This is your time, it’s your moment.”

— Natasha Santana

“It really shows that there is no limit and you can make it with little-to-no experience,”

 

Santana spoke of hard work being important above all. 

 

“The more you practice the more progress you gain. It’s not always about your natural abilities and what you can do.” 

 

Santana had some advice for those who want to audition for a school or a show. “…Be yourself. Do not try to be someone that you’re not. Be yourself because at the end of the day, that’s what the judges want to see from you. Make sure when you go into that audition room, that you own that room. When it comes to auditioning, it’s you. This is your time, it’s your moment.” 

 

“Everything is about [the] experience, no matter how many times you’ve been rejected from an audition, you should always learn from [that] experience. It’s there to help you progress into a better actor or actress,” said Santana. “It is not the end of the world if you do not make an audition for a role that you want.”

 

She will be starting at AMDA in the fall of 2021.