For the next couple of weeks I’m going to be posting a series of interviews with some of my fellow acting students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. My aim is to give you guys a better insight into drama school life and bring some clarity to those who are considering applying to my school or any other in the UK. To commence, I will be going first. Enjoy!
What is your name?
What year are you in?
How old are you?
Where are you from?
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Easy-going, ambitious and adventurous.
Describe your previous acting experience.
I did my first school play when I was 10 years old and throughout my teenage years I performed in many school plays and youth theatre productions. Additionally, I attended camera acting classes during the first half of 2013, and since then I’ve starred in a couple of commercials, some short films and was a series regular on a TV show.
What do you love about acting?
I love acting for a number of reasons. Firstly, I find performing extremely engaging because developing a character (and later embodying it) is an activity that is intellectual and yet very instinctive. Secondly, being on stage gives me a great buzz and I thoroughly enjoy the process of collaborating with other creatives (e.g. fellow actors, writers, directors, movement choreographers, etc.) to create a story that can educate, entertain or stimulate an audience.
Who is your favourite actor and why?
I’m a big fan of Marion Cotillard. She is an actor who can consistently transform herself and deliver raw, honest and authentic performances. She can portray a wide variety of characters rather effortlessly because her technical skill is so refined and well-developed, and thus her work is always moving and believable. I aspire to be able to do the same in the future.
Why did you want to go to drama school?
My choice to go to drama school was solely based on the fact that I want to have longevity in this industry. I am absolutely determined to have a lasting, successful career, and I feel that I previously didn’t have the skills and knowledge to ensure my prosperity in this profession; drama school is giving me the opportunity to learn, explore, push my potential and grow as an individual.
Can you identify some of the challenges you’ve faced whilst studying acting and outline how you’ve dealt with them?
From the very start of my course I have been given a lot of information, and I have different classes to focus on (movement, acting, dance, accent and dialects, etc.). It was challenging finding a way to absorb all this new information, compartmentalise it all and identify ways I could link these classes to one another and to my overall acting development. I would say that with time I was about to find a solution that worked for me. Firstly, I started to take detailed notes for every class and at the end of the week I would type them up onto a word document. This has enables me to go over and reinforce what I have already learned whenever I feel the need to. Secondly, I identified personal goals that I could work towards throughout the year in order to focus on and improve specific areas of weakness.
What are your dreams for the future?
My dream is to be a successful, international actor. More specifically, I want to work in French cinema, British/American TV and British theatre.
My ultimate role would be a detective or lawyer in a crime TV series along the lines of Spiral/ Engrenages (French) or Scandal (US).
What are your tops tips for getting into drama school?
My top 3 tips would be to:
- Know your lines by heart. If you don’t know your monologues like the back of your hand it would suggest that you are both unprepared for your audition and that you lack the desire and determination to get in.
- Be yourself. The audition panel want to learn about you and understand your personality so just be honest and open with them.
- Enjoy the process. By commencing your audition with a relaxed and optimistic attitude you are more likely to feel at ease throughout and therefore you can give 110%.
What do you hope to achieve during the rest of your academic year?
I want to continue to learn, challenge myself and have many more unforgettable experiences.