|At what stage in your career did you realise that acting could be something you do professionally?
I realized that during my one-year foundation course in acting at LAMDA (London Academy of Dramatic Art)
I always hoped that I would be able to act on a professional level, but realistically & financially with two young children to support, I made the decision to teach English & Drama, which I did for over fifteen years. Four years ago, I finally returned to acting professionally, encouraged by some brilliant tutors,(all working actors themselves) at the Academy Of Creative Training in Brighton.
I suppose as a child it starts as a "dream" but my dream was set to become a reality when I told my teachers quite early on that acting was the road I was taking no matter what! I could see I had the ability to affect people and it felt natural to me. Of course some found this quite amusing but as time passed it became even clearer to me and I took it very seriously. Its a trade,a craft. I also had alot of support and encouragment from people who were also in the profession.
When i got picked out of the STAGE PAPER, To play the lead in a stage play.
From the very beginning. I never looked at it as a hobby or something I might do on an amateur basis.
When I got accepted into drama school - until then I didn't believe I was good enough/ wanted it badly enough. I'd had a knock back in a play at school.
I remember being at a school careers fair and flicking through all of the University prospectuses. At the time I was planning to possibly study Law. Then I came across a BA Acting course at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, and couldn't believe it! It was the first time I really realised that it was possible to actually study acting! From then on, my Law plans were abandoned!
I had the inkling that I'd like to act professionally when I was fairly young; by the time I was 8 or 9 my heart was set. My parents were very supportive of my ambitions. When I went to University, the main decision I faced was whether or not to focus on singing or acting for my degree course; either way, I had committed to studying performance.
When I was sixteen. I did Guys and Dolls, and got a standing ovation. That made me feel like I could do anything. When I began to notice that people would stop to watch me rehearse, and when directors were asking me to do productions, I really knew I was on to something.
About 2 years ago, when I was in the Opera, the Sorceror, I decided that I love the "business," and that I wanted to make acting my career.
Well, I had been doing stage plays and a lot of people appreciated my performance. When I was 16 years of age, I happened to watch a movie starred by Kamal Hasan (Indian Actor). I had watched his movies before, but this particular movie really impressed me... And I realised that this passion had really gotten into me.. I wanted to persue my passion professionally.
when i was in theater group....
As I said, when I was in high school I realized it. It was the time I won my first acting award at the Massachusetts High School Drama Guild Festival that I realized that I not only wanted to, but could do this with my life and be happy.
when i thought that i could act professionally was when i did my first play at ospac in west orange new jersey.
I was in high school and the drama club asked me to step into a role for "The Importance of Being Earnest." I didn't originally audition simply because the director of the program at the time and I saw acting differently so I found a community theater program to work with. While I was going through the rehearsal process and the actual performances, I felt like I was meant to do this. I started seriously considering it as a career and did my best to make things happen.
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