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Thursday, 12 August 2021 10:07

1 Year Diploma actor shares her experience of a Q&A with Charles Dance

It’s hard not to be star struck when an acting legend like Charles Dance walks into your theatre at school, but he quickly put everyone at ease and reminded us that he also started off as eager, focused and determined to be an actor.

After a couple of years of building up some training (for the price of 2 pints per lesson!) he started his career as part of the RSC with the renowned Terry Hands, working as an understudy and building up bigger roles each season.

Charles has had a phenomenal screen acting career. He told us that he loved being around film sets and his first job on a film was as an extra. He loved the buzz of being on set and watching how the actors and crew all work. Every opportunity is a learning experience, and this was one of his biggest notes for us- take advantage of every experience to do with stage or screen, you never know what you might learn or who you might meet.

Charles was positive about the screen industry at the moment, with more and more streaming platforms, female writers such as Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Michaela Cole raising the bar for writing and a huge appetite for product.

His one big bit of advice for any new graduate is to not be impatient. He truly believes what is meant to be will be and things will happen when you are ready- trust the process.

Charles recognises the main reason for his success is hard work. Give 110% to every job and work for the job, the other actors and the end result. He reflected on times when he felt his career wasn’t progressing and the phone stopped ringing, but he never lost his love for the craft.

I could happily spend several evenings listening to Charles tell his amazing stories, insight into the up and downs of the industry and invaluable advice he had for graduates heading out into the industry in a few weeks. He is a natural storyteller, extremely funny, honest and has genuine passion and excitement for his acting career, which left us all feeling very inspired to keep working hard…and to be patient!

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