Posted on Thu 8 Nov 2012 by Ciaran McConville
After a long and inexcusable break in blogging, I asked one of our youth theatre students, Caitlin Webb, to write about her experience on the Rose Plus Academy last week. She very kindly obliged and the rest of this post is hers:
When I decided to do the Rose Plus Academy I had no idea what it was going to be like; I had pretty much decided to go on a whim after my mum suggested it and said it might help my acting experience. So I signed up, bought some black clothes and turned up on Monday morning bright and early not really knowing what to expect. All I knew was that all the students had to learn two monologues to perform at the end of the week and we had a singing session and a dance session (much to my horror).
When the week was over I was so glad that I hadn’t let this opportunity pass me by. Needless to say, the whole week (even including the dance class) was a brilliant experience, exceeding any expectations I could have had. It was great to be working with like-minded people, all talented, aspiring actors and actresses and I made some good friends there.
The actual classes we had were incredible with various actors, teachers and industry experts who gave us all the knowledge and advice they could to improve our skills. This was a great opportunity, not only to learn more about acting and acting techniques, but also to question the teachers who had experienced it all and find out what drama school was like from someone who experienced it first-hand. To know what people on an audition panel are looking for is something that will help me and give me and advantage in the future. It seems not many people go into an audition armed with this knowledge and you don’t have to be an actor to know that in this industry, you need all the help you can get.
I’ve wanted to be an actress from a very young age, but drama school has only been a recent decision for me and it was the class on where to train that really helped me to decide that I want to go to drama school to pursue my passion.
The skills I gained and the drive I found during that one intense week made me realise why I love acting so much and it has made me determined to succeed in this tough business, despite the odds.