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Insight: Arts test: A shortcut to stardom?

02-16-2011 08:42 BJT

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ZY: For more details about this rush to stardom, we're now joined by my colleague Wang Mangmang. Good evening, Mangmang. We are talking about this nationwide arts admissions test, what categories are these artists-to-be competing for?

MM: "Artists to be". I'm sure this will encourage many candidates. Do you want to take a guess what are the hottest majors?

Acting and anchoring are the most pursued majors. And they are the most difficult to get into. More than forty seven hundred students are competing for just thirty acting places at the Beijing Academy of Film, the cradle for many top celebrities in China. That's only a zero point seven percent chance of getting in. And at another famous art school, only one out of seventy applicants will be admitted to the anchoring major. There are also categories that enjoy less glamour: fine arts, music, dancing, directing, and audio-visual technology. But generally speaking, the overall elimination rate can be as high as ninety seven percent. But even this slim chance is in no way turning people away.

ZY: I guess for that slim chance, the crowds need more than luck. How are they preparing for the test?

MM: Most students are trying to use this opportunity to the fullest. Training classes have become a boom industry. These girls are getting ready for the test at a model training school. Don't be surprised, their goal is fashion design and modelling, which is a new major that's become increasingly popular. Training classes like this for the Majors of Arts Admissions Test is getting more expensive and the price rises even month by month. One single class can cost two hundred yuan, and the course normally consists of at least fifteen classes. So if you do the maths, it's no small sum. Most qualifications now require years of training by the candidates, especially those in fine arts and music. You have to have the basic skills. But for some majors, such as acting, experience is not necessarily an asset. Looks are important, but they're not all that matters. It's more about the ability to perceive and deliver. So some candidates are taking this shorter cut to give it a try.

ZY: But is this really a shorter cut? Or is the test really the beginning of their stardom?

MM: Even if you are lucky enough to survive the final round, you're not guaranteed a celebrity lifestyle. That's the cost you must be ready to pay, but it's also a lure. Among the crowds of applicants, there are people who have already made their fame. This girl is the leading actress in director Zhang Yimou's latest film Under the Hawthorn Tree. The director spotted her when she was applying for a previous arts test. And that changed her fate from being a candidate to a star. And now she's just made it back from the Berlin Film Festival to sign up for the tests. She's not the only one who believes formal training will give a boost to their career. Back to you.

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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