Sophie Martin

START DATE: September 2016

The next diploma intake is in February 2019. For this cohort attendance will be required for on a Sunday starting on Sunday 3rd February 2019. The next round auditions will take place on the Saturday 19th January.

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Did the course meet your Expectations?

Previous to starting on the diploma course I was already attending the Wednesday night evening classes in Leeds city centre. I decided that I wanted to really pursue my career in acting, I had already been offered to study at a drama school in New York but after thinking it through I went with my gut instinct and applied for the YAFTA diploma programme.

The diploma has taught me more in the first 8 months of the course than what I could have expected to learn anywhere else. It teaches you everything about the industry; the business, techniques, audition techniques, vocal coaching, psychological resilience – basically everything.

What is the best thing about the YAFTA Diploma?

The best thing about the diploma is how unique it is, I know a lot of people that have gone to full time drama schools for a number of years and haven’t had the same learning experience as us. You’re put in front of people in the industry with teachers, casting workshops and master classes who teach you what to expect when you’re out there working.

Would you recommend this course to people wanting to pursue a career in the acting industry?

I’d recommend this course for people wanting to pursue a career in acting, it’s a lot of hard work and dedication but it pays off when you see the results, watching your own and your classmates work to see how far everyone has come is so rewarding.

What would you say about the teaching staff at YAFTA?

The teachers push you to get the best out of your ability, this the first environment I’ve learnt in where you can see they really want you to do well and your not just treated like a number. They take you out of your comfort zone and mentor you to put you in the right direction.

Since starting the course I’ve really started to build up my CV. I’ve obtained real industry experience with auditions, self tapes and recently was cast by one of the biggest casting directors in the UK for a role in a major feature film.

I’d tell anyone thinking of applying to go for it – I haven’t looked back since!

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