I’ve finished my exchange programme at the Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art Dramatique and overall it was a positive experience.
We performed two classical plays at the end of June: ‘Mithridate’ by Racine and ‘Suréna’ by Corneille. It was a tough challenge for me because the plays were old-fashioned and the language very rich and dense – think Shakespeare but in french! However, with lots of help from my classmates, teachers and French friends for all over, I think I did a decent job in the end and I’m proud of each and every performance.
My french has significantly improved, thank God. Given that I’ve been here for almost 6 months that was to be expected. What’s been quite unexpected, though, is that lots of people have told me that I don’t have an accent and I sound like a francophone. I’m always happy to hear that because it has been my mission to speak fluently without a strong english accent.
I’ll be in Paris until the end of the summer so my plan is to: go to the cinema as often as I can and watch a couple of new TV series online; research the industry, casting directors, directors, actors, etc.; read french plays and novels (a minimum of 30 minutes reading per day); continue to workout and stretch on a daily basis; and lastly enjoy the beautiful weather and experience all that Paris has to offer.
To be honest I’m very, very happy at the moment and I have a lot of energy. I’m focussed, my vision is clear and I feel that are some magical experiences and amazing opportunities lined up for me.