Written by Anthony Tayo
2 Year Course student
You spend 32 weeks out of 52 in your first year of the 2 year programme working with other incredibly talented individuals and form these really close bonds and are then told you must part ways for the next 13 weeks. I'm going to be honest here. I missed every single person in my year group and by September I was literally counting down the days until I got to go back.
Furthermore, I missed specific classes like movement, voice and speech as these classes would often push me beyond my limits. So coming back and then doing one of Keith's (Head of Movement) Movement class for the first time after 3 months was the best feeling ever; I feel like his class in particular requires a lot of self-discipline as well as general fitness which when combined with the right attitude bodes well for an actor in training.
Coming back and doing voice & speech classes have been awesome too. As actors our main instrument is our voice and if we can get the right connection with our breath, and can enunciate, articulate & project there is nothing we can't achieve vocally. I personally have a lot of ground to make up in this particular department so having support from faculty members such as Dewi, Leslie & Linda means everything.
There are other classes like improv, TV & radio that hold a special place in my heart too and so I'll be looking forward to continuing these classes later on in the school year.
In the first week back we did a clowning/mask week and thereafter we performed to the new 2year1s; it was a great experience and was genuinely a clever way of easing us back into life as actors in training.
We graduate next year in July so we all know this year is very significant; it goes without saying that this is the more important of the two years.
This year we will be dealing with Equity/ Spotlight and the A-Z's of the industry in general. We have already had two talks and will probably have several others centred around marketing ourselves as a professional actors, conduct and career trajectory and what to do in the months where work has dried up; it's pretty exciting stuff.
The transition from first to second year is big but the way I see it is, if you finish first year feeling like you did good work at various points during the year then you have been successful. It's about applying that winning mentality & dedication in your second year that will take you to the next level. If you're a 2yr1 reading this or even a prospective student, I have just three words for you "take the plunge" and commit from here on in and you will definitely have a successful career in Acting.