If you've ever sat in an audition and watched a selection of actors auditioning for you you'd realise there there tends to be a greater level of consistency of quality (both talent and craft) in actors who have been to drama school. If your time, and money, are short then it makes sense to limit your search to people who will all have a certain level of skill/experience behind them.
At a basic level students who have completed a BA Acting at drama school will have completed (roughly) 3000 hours minimum of practical workshops, rehearsals and performances by the time they finish their courses. Trying to amass that level of work outside drama school will take you years. As a thought experiment count up the number of hours you have spent either on set or in a rehearsal room and see how you compare.
There ARE good actors who didn't go to drama school but finding them is difficult. In an age of austerity with funding cuts in the public sector and profit chasing/cost cutting in the private sector then reducing the time and money spent on the audition process is both understandable and inevitable.
Is it possible to succeed as an actor without going to drama school? Yes. Is it likely that you will succeed. No. If you are serious about acting as a career, and able to make that life choice, should you apply for drama school? Yes.
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