“You know when you taste something that’s sweet and you go “ooo that’s a bit too sweet?” I don’t have that. Nothing is too sweet for me. I would have chocolate for breakfast, lunch and tea if I could. (And I have on a couple of occasions)”
What kind of actor do you aspire to be?
I aspire to be an actor that makes the audience think. That leaves a lasting impression on someone’s mind and pushes them to alter their outlook on life and challenge their views. I want to be able to portray unwanted or unheard stories that real people are too afraid to share themselves or have been silenced by others. And at the same time, share stories of life’s greatest pleasures and celebrations, to spread light and hope and joy. I aspire to make change.
What performance piece did you choose for the showcase and why?
I chose Tess’ monologue from “Lip Service” written by Harriet Braun. I connected with this piece instantly. A woman with a lot of hurt brewing inside, trying to overcompensate by being witty and jokey. I resonated with this behaviour as I am often the person that tries to see the funny side of a bad situation just to prevent real feelings from surfacing. I thought this monologue shared all these different layers beautifully.
What book, theatre, film or TV production has most inspired you?
Medea at The National Theatre inspired me; I was absorbed in Helen McCrory’s performance and her ability to emanate that much female power and fight. Just Mercy and Pieces of a woman are two films that stayed with me for weeks after watching them. Portraying the raw, honest and heartbreaking realities of life is something I am captivated by and hope to do one day. Julie Walters inspires me. I love all the different characters shes played, especially Rosie in Mamma Mia! – I resonate with that character on a spiritual level!!
How have you been keeping creative during lockdown?
When I was a kid I wanted to be an Author. I’ve always had a huge passion for creative writing, so in lockdown I started writing my first ever fictional book. It was my escape and an important part of my lockdown. I’m thankful that I could take a positive from such a crisis in the world and find that spark again! I also started running. I have now completed numerous half marathons and aim to do a marathon at the end of this year!!
What advice would you give for anyone else preparing for a showcase?
Just enjoy it!!! Forget about what comes after or who’s watching. At the end of the day, you are acting and sharing something special so relish in it! Try not to over think. The best version of you will be the one where your head is clear and you are able to play freely and openly. Trust yourself. Trust in the process. You’re fab, don’t forget it!!
What do you hope to be doing this time next year?
I just hope to be working. However sporadic that may be. I hope to have experienced a TV/film set or a professional theatre environment or even just connecting and creating work with likeminded people. I am very aware that this game is a marathon and not a sprint and that it takes TIME but I would love to be able to say I’ve dipped my toes in the water a little! Also, I want to have had a bit more life experience. New hobbies, new skills, new places explored, new people met!