What our grads have to say!
Being about half way through the full time Dramatic Arts Program we decided to check in with a couple students to see how things were going. Here’s what Liesl Ahlers, an international student from South Africa and Lucas Rubciewicz, a BC boy originally from Kamloops, had to say:
What were you doing before VADA?
LI: I graduated high school knowing that my only goal and dream in life is to act. I started doing extra work and went on a few
auditions. I managed to get an agent and got a part in a sitcom.
LU: I took a few acting workshops here and there, but for the better part of the last 5 years I was working up north on the oil rigs
saving up to pursue acting full time.
What made you choose VADA?
LI: I spent a lot of time searching online for a good acting school I could attend overseas, it was hard to find a good film school in South-Africa. Most of the schools I found were theatre schools with 3 year courses. Coming from South Africa it was too expensive to study overseas and for 3 years. I found VADA’s website and was immediately impressed by the curriculum, it consisted of everything that I wanted to learn and it was a 6 month course.
LU: I audited a few schools in Vancouver and felt VADA was the better of the bunch. I took the Two Week Intensive to really make sure I was making the right decision, and it quickly became clear that the teachers at VADA really love teaching and pass their knowledge onto their students, so I signed up for the full time program.
What are some of the major highlights of the program so far?
LI: Wow, there’s too many, I guess I’d say that for me is that VADA is even better that I hoped for. I had this image in my mind, hoping and praying that VADA would live up to my expectations and it even went beyond.
What it the most valuable thing you’ve learned so far?
LU: Its hard answering that question without writing a short essay. I honestly feel I learn something valuable everyday. Its unreal how much we all progressed and learned in only 3 months.
How are you enjoying the teachers at VADA?
LI: It’s really great how we get to work with such versatile teachers, each with their own training background and
personal acting experience. They give you a big variety of different techniques and approaches to acting.
LU: It’s nice to have a variety of actual professionals and working actors teaching us. You get the opportunity to learn tons of technique and tools from each teacher who have a unique approach to their craft.
Have you auditioned/booked yet? If so, how has VADA helped prepare you?
LI: Yes, I’ve booked a couple of roles in students films. I seriously don’t know how I would have been able to audition if it weren't for VADA. The audition tips that we’ve received from Daniel really helped, it made me feel more confident when I walked into the audition room.
LU: I’ve actually been quite busy auditioning for student and indie films and so far I’ve booked 7 of those. VADA really gave me the confidence and tools I needed to go out and audition. They actually encourage us to go on auditions and don’t mind helping us after school hours to prepare auditions. I like how we film the scene we work on at school, so by the time we are booking projects we already have a pretty solid idea of what goes on on set.
Do you feel the school is delivering everything it promised:
LU: Yes, its delivering everything it promised and more. The teachers at VADA don’t only teach, but really take the time to make sure we fully understand everything we’re being taught. I think it’s a huge bonus for us students to have teachers who really care and want to see us succeed.
Would you recommend VADA to other aspiring actors:
LI: Without a doubt! I think VADA is the best school if you’re looking for hands-on training from amazing teachers/working actors.