NYU Dramatic Writing 2019

Lifeisnoholiday

Active Member
Yeah, when are your interviews? Mine's on March the 5th, around 5 pm EST
 

Kinz

Member
Columbia
Yay, just got mine, too! It doesn't address you by name, right? Actually, for the first few moments, I thought it was a scam or something, because of that, lol

Congrats to everyone who received theirs!
mine addressed me by name! but the email was very short and i almost missed it!
 

Cody Young

Tattoo/Film Enthusiast
AFI
Hey everyone, just got my interview notification from NYU to schedule an interview!!! Sometime this week by the content of the email
 

Kinz

Member
Columbia
How did your interview go? If you don't mind me asking.
It was really casual and pleasant! It's nothing at all to be nervous about.

The interviewer asked about my writing (she was very familiar with my samples!), asked about challenges I've faced when writing, what I've learned about myself, whether I had applied anywhere else, why NYU, tv shows I like, play's I've seen/read and enjoyed, other projects I want to work on and if I had any questions for her! It know that seems like a lot, but it all flowed easily and naturally - none of the questions felt out of the blue, they usually were prompted by something I said!

I'm trying to think of there was anything else but I think thats the gist of it! It was around 20 mins and she called me exactly on time, so be sure to have your phone ready and on loud!

I'm curious to hear if other's had a different experience!! Good luck to everyone!!
 

sortofawriter

Member
USC
It was really casual and pleasant! It's nothing at all to be nervous about.

The interviewer asked about my writing (she was very familiar with my samples!), asked about challenges I've faced when writing, what I've learned about myself, whether I had applied anywhere else, why NYU, tv shows I like, play's I've seen/read and enjoyed, other projects I want to work on and if I had any questions for her! It know that seems like a lot, but it all flowed easily and naturally - none of the questions felt out of the blue, they usually were prompted by something I said!

I'm trying to think of there was anything else but I think thats the gist of it! It was around 20 mins and she called me exactly on time, so be sure to have your phone ready and on loud!

I'm curious to hear if other's had a different experience!! Good luck to everyone!!
Thank you! That’s very helpful information. So I gather your interview was over the phone and not through Skype?
 

Xineph

New Member
Had a really pleasant, conversational Skype interview with a professor who mainly asked me about what I was looking for and followed up on specific elements of my personal history and resume. He also explained the philosophy of the program, and explained what sets it apart from some of the alternatives. Lasted like 15-20 minutes.
 

Kinz

Member
Columbia
Thank you! That’s very helpful information. So I gather your interview was over the phone and not through Skype?
Yeah, mine was over the phone! I wasn't given a choice. I actually live in New York so was surprised they didn't ask me to come in in-person, but I feel like it went well regardless!
 

Lifeisnoholiday

Active Member
Yeah, mine was over the phone! I wasn't given a choice. I actually live in New York so was surprised they didn't ask me to come in in-person, but I feel like it went well regardless!
Hahaha, that's funny =)). I live in Russia and they actually gave me a choice between Skype and phone.

Anyway, sounds like it went rather well!
 

JEC

Member
Just had an interview with Shinho Lee. Thought it went well, low-key, he spent more time discussing the program whereas Columbia asked me more questions about myself.

FYI, he did say that it would take them a month and a half to 2 months to make their decisions.
 

Lifeisnoholiday

Active Member
Just had an interview with Shinho Lee. Thought it went well, low-key, he spent more time discussing the program whereas Columbia asked me more questions about myself.
Wow, thanks for the info, I have an interview with him in a few hours! Was he alone?

FYI, he did say that it would take them a month and a half to 2 months to make their decisions.
Man, that sounds like a long time, tbh, especially since AFI Screenwriting DAY X is March 15th.
 

JEC

Member
Wow, thanks for the info, I have an interview with him in a few hours! Was he alone?



Man, that sounds like a long time, tbh, especially since AFI Screenwriting DAY X is March 15th.
Yeah, he was alone. FYI, instead of asking more specific questions, he said "Tell me about yourself" which throws me a little because 28 years of life flash before my eyes. So try to have something succinct ready to go.
 

Lifeisnoholiday

Active Member
Yeah, he was alone. FYI, instead of asking more specific questions, he said "Tell me about yourself" which throws me a little because 28 years of life flash before my eyes. So try to have something succinct ready to go.
Oh, thanks for the heads up! Yeah, ironically enough, I actually prepared a small pitch this morning, asking myself in the process if I really needed it — there was no "tell me about yourselves" in my two previous interviews.
 

Cody Young

Tattoo/Film Enthusiast
AFI
Hey everyone, just had my interview with Richard Wesley. The interview was extremely laid back (or rather Richard was) and Richard pretty much was just there to answer any questions I had about the program, which were numerous. Overall, he indicated to me that he was pretty impressed with my portfolio and to expect a response by the end of March (which seems to go against what Shinho Lee said about a month and a half to two months) whether it be acceptance or rejection. I wasn't exactly sold on NYU to begin with but after talking to Richard I'm starting to think it might be a good fit for me. Granted, I'm starting to think that about all the schools I interviewed with, because why shouldn't my decision be harder than it needs to be.
 

Lifeisnoholiday

Active Member
Hey everyone, just had my interview with Richard Wesley. The interview was extremely laid back (or rather Richard was) and Richard pretty much was just there to answer any questions I had about the program, which were numerous. Overall, he indicated to me that he was pretty impressed with my portfolio and to expect a response by the end of March (which seems to go against what Shinho Lee said about a month and a half to two months) whether it be acceptance or rejection. I wasn't exactly sold on NYU to begin with but after talking to Richard I'm starting to think it might be a good fit for me. Granted, I'm starting to think that about all the schools I interviewed with, because why shouldn't my decision be harder than it needs to be.
Quite interestingly, my experience is similar. My Skype interview with Shinho was very cool (yes, exactly that). We discussed all the usual stuff, but I felt extremely relaxed, and sort of like there was a lot of air and space for me in our conversation... I hope it makes sense lol.

By the end, the whole dynamic was even a lot more casual than the traditional "laid back interview" vibe. Honestly, when we finished, I felt the best, compared to my other two interviews. I just felt that we really established some sort of connection early on, and I was really comfortable the whole time. I got praise for my screenplay, too.

I also had my doubts about NYU in terms of industry connections and general distance from Hollywood, but now I wonder if I really did feel something special and therefore should follow my heart (in case I get accepted).

Oh and yes, Shinho also told me to expect their decision in 4-8 weeks, which he thought was "quite soon". I feel like we should investigate that somehow, maybe write them or something.
 

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