As a working actor, YAFTA tutor, Will Drury has a wealth of experience and advice to give our students.
Found out what is Will’s favourite TV moment as well as his top advice for anyone looking to start their acting journey.
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What is your current day job and role with YAFTA?
I am a freelance acting tutor with YAFTA as well as being represented by them as an actor. I cover evening classes in Sheffield for Adults and Teens as well as teaching on the different YAFTA Diploma courses.
What was your first job in the industry, was the acting industry always the plan?
My first job was in corporate work for Doran Scott Williams, who seconded actors to participate in role play scenarios to train management staff at Santander. This was a fantastic opportunity as I travelled all over the UK working at various branches.
Acting wasn’t always the plan it’s something I fell into really and as time went on it was the only thing I was qualified to do. It wasn’t until I got to university and participated in my first ever short film role that I realised that acting was what I wanted to do and since then I have been educating myself on the best avenues to go down.
What is your favourite/best TV moment?
My favourite TV moment would have to be when the Trotter brothers finally became millionaires, I grew up watching and loving Only Fools and Horses and that moment was fantastic as a true fanatic of the show. It brought massive applause and even tears in our household, Sir David Jason is my acting inspiration, he is a true master at what he does.
What one piece of advice would you give to those starting out in the industry?
I would say the best advice would be to do whatever you need to do to figure out what it is you want before you commit to it. I think the hardest thing nowadays is narrowing down what you want to do or be in your working life. So I think before committing to the industry of acting or anything, sample it and see if it’s for you, give yourself the opportunity to be happy and content with your own choice.
If you could invite three dinner party guests from the world of screen – dead or alive, who would it be?
Sir David Jason, Nicholas Lyndhurst and Buster Merrifield. The main trio of Fools and Horses. It would be fascinating to talk to all of them and I think the conversations and laughs would be endless.