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re: Actor rejected by Juilliard goes viral.
Posted by: portenopete 11:05 am EST 01/14/22
In reply to: re: Actor rejected by Juilliard goes viral. - Jdnyc33 08:56 am EST 01/14/22

I never tried out for Julliard- it wasn't an intake year the year I was starting- but I did end up at a similarly structured conservatory that had a pretty small cohort each year (15 in my class). As nerve-racking and terrifying as the process was, it was incredibly simple. Two pieces, one classical (chosen from a list provided) and one contemporary (which meant 20th century). One initial audition. One callback.
There were some improv warm-ups, I remember, at the callback, but that was about it.

When I hear about the process today I am grateful I started when I did (mid-1980's).

One of the crazy things about Julliard is that it seems full of people who have already gone through three- and four-year programs elsewhere. Sometimes really prestigious places like Yale or NYU.

I do find it disturbing that social media influencers may determine who gets accepted at the best theatre schools in the country. Like what happened with leVar Burton and Jeopardy!, the public is not necessarily the best arbiter of these things. He's a personable and cute 20-year old who will have great appeal for girls and gay boys but that has nothing to do whether or not he can act.

Glad that Juilliard has enough surety to shrug its shoulders and say "Who cares?"
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