How long have you been acting with YAFTA?
I have been acting with YAFTA for over 2 years. I initially started off by attending evening classes, that continued for a year and then I joined the Acting for Screen diploma, which is almost complete.
What do you love about the industry?
I love the constant flow of new ideas and the fact that imagination and creativity isn’t shot down but encouraged. Also the knowing that people believe in you and are rooting for you to do well. When you realise that everyone isn’t out to get you, you stop worrying about things you can’t control and take comfort in the fact that you tried your best, which is all you can do.
What are the key skills/attributes you think someone needs to work in the industry?
Perciverence, patience, determination, strong willpower and a passion for it. Very rarely do things happen straight away. It can be frustrating and you can begin to doubt yourself which is totally normal! But remind yourself why you are doing it. If it makes you happy, that is the most important thing.
What advice would you give to someone looking to get into film and TV acting?
It may seem out of reach but it can be closer than you think! I feel like a lot of potential is lost due to people thinking it is an unachievable profession. Honestly… it is unpredictable and uncertain but the feeling of excitement and sense of possible achievement overpowers the unpredictability and uncertainty , for me anyway. There are actors,and someone has to do it, so why not you?
I would also say to take acting classes. If that isn’t possible then consider acting in school.( occasionaly local projects will come to school and audition students or use them as extras) or even gather a group of friends – act and give feedback with each other. Reading monologues/scripts alone is good but not enough you definitely need to practice interactions as a character.
You also have to be prepared to take on unpaid roles initially/ now and again. University projects are especially good because you not only get to act but gain showreel material and the experience of being on set with the crew/equipment is so valuable. You can find amateur and sometimes professional work on sites such as Mandy, starnow, backstage and casting networks.
What film or tv episode would you choose to a)watch on repeat, b) see for the first time c) wouldn’t watch again?
A. Watch on repeat – Harry potter series ( can’t pick) I love these films immensely find a lot of comfort within them.
B. See for the first time – The greatest showman. I have heard so many people saying this is the best film they have ever seen and on the other hand a few saying it’s not worth the hype. I feel like I should watch and judge for myself.
C. Wouldn’t watch again – Jaws. Sorry. I appreciate that it’s a classic though and don’t actually think it’s bad. I don’t know why to be honest .Maybe I would feel differently if I watched it when it was released in the packed out cinemas.