Triple Threat?

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Hey guys, before I get even further into my blog I wanted to talk about where I have come from. I’m talking training and how this has affected me and the positives and negatives I have encountered along the way.

The first memory of wanting to perform I have, was when I was 6 or 7 and I remember it being really late (in my head like 1am but probably was more like 8pm, lets just say it was way past my bed time at that age). I remember my Mum and Dad calling me down from my room and showing me a leaflet that promoted a Saturday school called ‘Yew Tree Theatre School’.

Delighting looking at the leaflet, I knew I wanted to join and this is exactly where I caught the so called performing bug.

Skipping a few years, I was shopping in HMV one day, as a teenager and I noticed a flyer on the way out of the store that was all about 'The BRIT School'. My best friend and I decided that we would apply and see what happened. I hadn’t heard of the school before then (we are talking 2001) but it looked amazing. Luckily after gaining a place, I knew that this is it for me and I wanted to earn a living as a performer.

I initially trained as an actor at 'The BRIT School' but then I got board and decided I wanted to move a little, so I decided to train as a dancer.

After graduating, I kept with the dance theme and headed to Bird College where I studied Musical Theatre. From the word go I was unsure if musicals were the route I wanted to go down, but I persisted and focused a lot on the contemporary dance aspect. I felt I had more freedom with creativity in contemporary than any other style.

After completing my training I was swept up into a dance company and I had the freedom to choreograph and explore a theme that was urban and edgy and right up my street. However, a week before the performance I broke my wrist, breakdancing on the Southbank (oh the irony) and was out of action for a while.

This is when I decided to look back at acting and seek auditions for films and plays.

Luckily at the time I knew a few filmmakers that where pursuing their filmmaking career and I was fortunate enough to get caught up in a few of their projects. This is where I really trained.

I trained to be an actor in front of camera.

Now looking back at how I got into the industry, there are ways I could have played it better to advance my career now, for example maybe training at a top acting school such as RADA. But, hey, that’s not where I was at that point in my life.

I now believe that the discipline dance and musical theatre taught me has given me a thick skin and also the creativity to explore ideas in all genres, that maybe I wouldn’t have had had I trained in  straight acting.

I am through and through a screen actor now and prefer it to theatre because I love the collaboration between sound, editing, direction and grading that all assist your performance that you cannot yet gain on stage.

What I have also learnt is that I want to implement dance and theatre into the film world. As a keen director also, I would love to bring back the ‘Busby Berkley’ style movies and the ‘Fred Astaire’ routines in film. Not in a way that is cheesy like various dance films that have come out, but in a way that is 'dance for dance sake' and is there as cinematography, not story telling.

Anyway, what I am trying to say is that everyone has a different path within the industry and that you should have no regrets or let where you come from hold you back. Let all your skills advance your career and train and learn everything.

Even Channing Tatum got into acting and he used to be a stripper.


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