Preparing for life at GSA
Training at GSA will be physically demanding whether you are dancing, climbing a lighting rig, belting out a ballad or doing a movement class therefore you must ensure that your body is in shape. You can prepare yourself for this by going to the gym, swimming or do any activity that you enjoy to keep you fit. Plus exercise releases endorphins to keep you happy and positive. Make sure that you try to eat healthy meals with plenty of protein, vegetables and carbs. If you are a smoker, stop! It ruins your voice, your lungs and your body.
The performance industry is tough and drama school will mean that you are out of your comfort zone. You might be used to being the most talented person in your school and then you will enter a world where everyone around you is also gifted so you need to prepare for this mentally. Take time for yourself and you might want to think about a strategy to help you deal with the pressures of life at drama school such as mindfulness or meditation.
Hooray you are free for the first time but that also taking responsibility of your finances. It will be worth creating a budget for yourself and working out how much you think you will need to spend each month. Make sure you don't spend it all on nights out, shopping and kebabs in the first few weeks!
We will send you a list of plays, texts and books to read or purchase before you arrive, as well as a kit list. Make sure that you have everything on the list in the correct sizes and put your name on it. You don't want to lose your expensive tap shoes the moment you arrive. If you have been asked to read a certain book make sure that you take the time to do your the background work as it is all for your own benefit and will help you hit the ground running once you arrive at GSA.
Join our Facebook Freshers page for 2018 so that you can meet people before you even get here. These are the people that will be your family for the next three years and they are going through everything you are. Support each other and ask us any questions that you are concerned about.