I had a great time at the teen acting camp, I learned so much and had a lot of fun!
I have been to a couple other drama/acting camps in the past, and Ryerson's Teen Acting Academy (I'm going to call it TAA for now) is definitely the best I have been to. At some other camps, there is a more competitive environment, and there are a few campers who are the "main characters"- meaning that they are the ones who participate in everything, and get all the big parts, kind of like the popular kids in movies about high school. The big thing that impressed me about the TAA is the feeling of community, and how everyone supports each other. There aren't "main characters" at TAA, everyone supports and respects each other. Because of that, it feels like a safe space where you can explore new things and put yourself out there without the fear of being judged. I've never been to a camp with such a positive/supportive environment, and it's been really great.
One of the reasons I wanted to come to TAA was to learn more about acting, and the industry. I have learned more about both in the last two weeks than I have ever been taught before.
All of the counsellors and staff at TAA have been so amazing! Everyone is so kind, and helpful, and supportive. I think it's really cool how a lot of the counsellors actually work in the industry, or they are students at Ryerson (or both). I learned so much from everyone! I also felt like everyone genuinely cared about us and wanted to see us succeed. Everyone put in so much work to make TAA feel like a welcoming community.