(Work selfie whilst on ITV)
"My new thing for 2014" has been going extremely well and I have enjoyed every single class I've had. Its tough at times because it feels like I am back at school, but I strangely am enjoying learning something new and going back to the basics of a new skill. Most of this I have to thank Terence Dormer for. He's been after a shout out in my blog for ages, so here it is!!! Ha Ha Ha. But in all seriousness he has been pushing me to get into acting and start classes. To have a mate there who knows the industry and is looking out for you and can be honest about your chances with career moves is very important. We now have many regular talks about acting classes and many silly conversations on the phone and sing songs whilst walking down the street! ha.
This is definitely going to take some time to get to the level I want to be at, as I continually push myself to be better. I don't like being bad at anything, and I hate to lose, its a trait I've had ever since I was younger. From sport, to exams, to work, even on Shipwrecked, I simply enough hate losing at anything. But this helps me strive for more and strive to that comfort level playing a variety of different characters. Ultimately I want to give myself the best opportunity possible to be successful in the future, whether thats presenting or with something new like acting.
I know how competitive this industry is, and I know how much I need to ensure I stand out from the crowd, this is going to take some time. Do I wish I had started this earlier? Absolutely! But theres no better time than now, and the good thing is that right now I'm not in a rush and can take my time to achieve my goals. It will happen I know it.
This is one of the most enjoyable parts of the class and gives you the freedom to just go for it whatever comes into your mind. The other week I turned into Superman randomly because it came into my head and I just went for it. (Yes I have weird things in my head) ha ha. Improv is great for my presenting as well, as it allows you to think on your feet quickly and respond to comments and direction from others.
In the class, we are often given a scenario and literally told to just go for it. I love that freedom to be as inventive as possible and to throw yourself into it. At the end of the day we are all in the same position so there is never any need to be nervous or worry at all. It's vital to break that barrier down immediately to enable you to bring out your own ability.
The last few weeks we have started to adapt some text into the class, from very small bits to larger bits as we did this week. One of the scenes we had to prepare for had just 4 lines which were:
"Sorry lost track of time"
Something so small as that, but gives you the opportunity to be creative with a situation where to use the words. I love that freedom to be expressive, and it is definitely helping in my everyday life too. Feel more confident walking into castings and allowing myself to let go.
END OF CLASS PROJECT
At the end of the course we have to prepare a monologue to complete the class. Now throughout I have continually been involved in comedic scenarios which I thoroughly enjoy doing, but I feel that I need a challenge for my project and to embark in something emotional, so I have decided to do a scene where I play a character who is psychotic. He switches from a loving caring husband to a controlling, angry, manipulating husband. Love the range that I can show from this scene, and really looking forward to preparing it.
Just thought I would give you a bit of an insight into the classes that I am doing and show you a bit more about the reasons why I chose this and what to expect if you are considering getting into the industry.
Thanks as always for reading