The audition coaching is going pretty well, but today my student and I had a good talk about what it was going to take to make this work. I explained that in college I spent about 5-6 hours a day on music and drama, and that going to a specialized arts high school was going to take about the same sort of time commitment, maybe a little less -- but not much less. I spent a minimum of 2 hours on singing, 1 on piano (though it paid off the least, I was never skilled there), and about 3 hours in rehearsal for whatever show I was in at the time. All of this was on top of a regular course load and a work study job. Yep. I told her that she needed to be more proactive and to study more on her own, too. I've assigned her a play to read every week on top of what we already do, but I said she needed to find more on her own. She needs to listen to Broadway soundtracks and attend more plays. She needs to audition for any community theatre roles that come up. She needs to work on this like it's her job, because if she really wants to get in...it is.
She was pretty shocked, but not at all daunted -- so I'm not sure if I'm grateful for her renewed commitment or her naivete. Both can help!