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Australian aspiring actress Adriane Daff felt that what she needed was to study acting in New York. In this, part 2 of this interview she shares her story of how she was able to make her dream come true. In part 1 of this interview, she talks about how and when she first became interested in acting and why she thought it was necessary to go to New York to get additional acting training.
Tony: Lets get to the part where you decided to come to study acting in the U.S. How did that come about?
Adriane: Im not sure why, but I always wanted to come to New York, more than any place in the world. I didnt want to go to study in England, which for an Australian probably would have been easier.
Tony: Why do you say that?
Adriane: Well, because it would have been easier for me to get a visa in London. But instead I started looking at New York, because I thought that if I were going to go somewhere and train, it might as well be somewhere Ive always wanted to go.
Tony: How did you actually make it happen that you could leave your country and come to study acting in New York? I mean how did you get the money together for such a big trip? People reading this interview will want to know. Is your family supporting you? Did you save your money over time? How did you get the money together to be able to come here and study acting for 18 months?
Adriane: For me it has a lot to do with good planning. I decided to come to New York the first time in September of 2006 and I didnt come here until July of 2007. I knew that the six-week intensive acting course was only held once per year, so when I decided in September I had had nine months to save up my money to be able to make it happen. I had to plan it to make it happen. If I had discovered the intensive the year before, I probably would have had to wait a year, because I would not have been able to afford to go right away.
Tony: So for you planning is key?
Adriane: Absolutely. I even knew how much I had to save every week to be able to have enough money to go.
Tony: So people who, like you, want to study acting in New York one day, they must really have to be creative when trying to make ends meet so that they can stay here, study and keep there dream alive.
Adriane: Its interesting when you talk to other actors here in the city who are international and who are in similar situations, you see just how big of a network of people there are who are pretty much all in the same situations. They are doing all kinds of things to make ends meet and make money so that they can stay. People are waiting on tables and doing all kinds of little odd jobs.
I have to say that I didnt expect that either.
Tony: What advice would you give someone from a country other than the U.S. who wants to come here to study acting?
Adriane: I would think about why you want to study acting in New York. Give yourself time and plan it out. In other words dont decide to go and then think you have to go right away, like next month. Plan it out.
I also would not recommend trying to combine studying with travel. What I mean by that is, if you are going to come to the US to study acting I think that all of your attention and time should be on that if you just want to come to see the Statue of Liberty and be a tourist its probably going to get in the way of your training! I have seen too many other people fall short and fail because they are trying to see the world and do a bit of school on the side. I havent seen that work for people yet and I dont know why someone would want to make it even more difficult for themselves than it already is!
Tony: Thank you for sharing your story with the visitors to ActingCareerStartUp.com.
Adriane: It was my pleasure.
End of part 2.
Read here about Adriane's classmate, an aspiring actor from Belgium and who is also studying acting in New York at the same school.
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