I met with the management team there and decided to sign her up. This week she had an audition for a part in a major soap
It may be useful to remind people that it isn't necessary to pay lots of money to get auditions. If you get on to the books of a reputable agent you will be submitted for parts and called in for audition if you are considered suitable. You will be called in because they are wanting to cast someone for a particular role. Sometimes casting directors also hold "general" auditions. Most CDs struggle to find time for this so it's not a regular occurence. You don't have to pay money to be seen for "general" auditions.
On the website they also have a page marked "auditions" where you can fill in your details. It states:
AUDITION THIS WEEKEND:
ACTORS FOR TELEVISION,FILM AND COMMERCIALS
Audition today for your chance to be on a show like Hannah Montana, The Suite life of Zack and Cody and iCarly! We are pre-screening for Hollywood's top Agents and Casting Directors and managers.
"Pre-screening"? What does that mean? Does it mean anything remotely useful to anyone "auditioning"?! I could offer "pre-screening" for Hollywood and for feature films and TV. It wouldn't mean you were any nearer getting a job!
I would also be wary about regarding someone's celebrity as being an indication of their ability to teach.
It's the "celebrity" slant of the whole thing that makes me so dubious. (That and the fact that the fees don't appear on the website - not a good sign). You don't attain celebrity or success or even just plain old work by osmosis. I remember listening to someone in disbelief when I was at an audition bemoaning the fact that an agent wouldn't take any notice of their CV "even though they had been in the same class" as someone successful.
I doubt that an agent or casting director or director will be impressed by someone being taught by someone who was a star in a soap opera. Of course the soap opera star might turn out to be a great teacher, but so might someone who appeared as an extra once - or indeed someone who has never appeared on TV at all. Rubbing shoulders with famous faces (now that doesn't sound physically sensible...
) is one thing. Getting good education and training is another.
I know a few "famous" people. Unfortunately, it doesn't mean I get more work as result
I am also wary about the stong emphasis on American connections. This is not likely to be a good route to work for anyone studying at CTA in this country. Unless you have the right to work in the USA (which most of us don't, and are unlikely to be able to obtain) what's the point in being seen by "Hollywood" folk? I know several UK actors who have spent years ( literally) and a lot of money trying to get the right to work as an actor in the States - it can be a complicated and expensive business.
Here's a quotation from the homepage: Our philosophy is simple: to provide an extraordinary education and create Stars.
That's the bit that puts me off - right there. That "Stars" bit. If that's the bit that attracts you, well then, yer pays yer money and yer takes yer choice.