Be courageous. Otherwise, you might regret not taking that life-changing risk.

Jacob Holdsworth

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  • Jacob Holdsworth
    Jacob Holdsworth graduated the Acting for Screen Diploma in July 2021 after successfully completing the 18-month course. We caught up with the actor to find out how he found the experience.
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    Congratulations on graduating the YAFTA Acting for Screen Diploma - how does it feel? 
    I felt so astonishing and upbeat after passing all of the nerve-racking acting assessments. Studying screen acting diploma and graduating from the YAFTA has been a phenomenal experience, and it is definitely inspiring.
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    What was your situation when you started the course?
    When I started this course, I was working at the Theatre Royal Wakefield as a volunteer technician. This volunteer work has inspired me to become an actor, and I decided to take the gamble of pursuing an acting career. I am delighted that it was worth the risk which I am enjoying every moment of it. Due to the diploma course being flexible, I was able to work a part-time position while auditioning and obtain a role.
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    Had you any previous acting experience? 
    Before I applied to the YAFTA, I have had no acting experience whatsoever. I’ve studied on A-Level filmmaking and media courses at college in 2017, which was a rewarding experience. Since joining the reputable YAFTA drama school, I have auditioned for and secured roles in student films and Amazon Prime production.
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    What made you chose YAFTA and acting on screen?
    YAFTA’s reputation and its alumni attracted me to apply for the Acting for Screen diploma. YAFTA is very local to the Yorkshire area, which was an excellent advantage for me, without having to spend too much on the journey to Manchester or London for an acting course. I have a passion for film and TV, and I would love to be able to act professionally.
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    Did Covid affect your plans/dreams for acting?
    The covid pandemic did affect my acting career plans and postponed things. I will not let that devastate my acting dreams. I am still striving to learn, explore and secure more roles in the acting industry.
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    What have been your key takeaways from the course?
    My key takeaways from the course are focusing on my happiness and treating other actors and crew with respect. It is fundamental to appreciate my moment in acting and learn from what I did in the past or mistakes. Your treatment toward others is essential, although your attitude and respect will be their first impression of you. Working with others is about building relationships and network with others, and likewise, you might get a better acting opportunity if they remember you! 
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    What did you enjoy most? 
    I unquestionably enjoy every aspect of the YAFTA screen acting diploma. I enjoyed exploring the various acting techniques, the depth of acting, script analysis and so much more. Learning to act is much more than just learning and memorising your lines. Besides all theory and practical acting studies, I admire my relationship with all my classmates and teachers. They will be there for me and help each other to enhance our acting skills.
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    Is a career as an actor/the industry different to what you thought it would be/entail? 
    I thought the career of being a respectable actor is that they always have to go to face-to-face auditions for the role. But I am mistaken to believe that traditional approach, as we have advanced technology, it’s crucial to know how to set up and do self-tape audition yourself to be more economical.
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    What are your plans for the future? 
    My plans include getting more showreel material to showcase my acting and versatility. I will apply for representation and hope to secure roles in a major film/tv production. I’ll look to invest in self-tape equipment to make the quality better and professional look.
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    What advice would you give someone thinking about pursuing their acting dream?
    The only advice I would give to someone who wants to pursue their acting dream is follow it – be courageous. Otherwise, you might regret not taking that life-changing risk.
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