Previous paid speaking roles
- UK Cockney
- UK English
- UK Posh
- UK Welsh
- USA California
- USA New York
- USA Southern
My first taste of performing was at the Pauline Quirke Academy (PQA) where I trained acting, singing and dancing for 3 years. l took intensive musical theatre classes were we worked on various scenes, dances and songs from different musicals, which we showcased in various productions including a Christmas Pantomime and 'Little Shop of Horrors' were I played the character of Audrey 2 (the plant). In our Comedy and Drama classes, I learnt invaluable core acting techniques, ranging from sensory memory, affective memory, improvisation and animal exercise. In our Film and TV classes, I became familiar with working both in front of and behind the camera, with opportunities to write, direct, produce and perform in short drama pieces. I became familiar with different kinds of camera shots when filming short news and weather sketches, helped create production schedules and budgets for a music video and experimented with editing software when working on a silent film.
These experiences resulted in a greater appreciation for the important work that goes on both on and off screen, and I was able to apply these skills when I was chosen to be a part of the National Youth Film Academy's 2 week intensive film course. We were divided into small groups and given 2 weeks to create our own short films, which were then screened at the Hackney Picturehouse Cinema in London. I applied as an actress but assisted with all areas of the film making process and was able to apply everything I learnt at PQA to this experience. As well as this I participated in a week long summer school with Northern Stage, Newcastle, were all my training at PQA was again put in practice as we created our own piece of theatre.
I was lucky enough to be cast in a World War 2 themed student film shortly after this which gave me a huge insight into the intensity of acting with regards to tough shooting conditions, time pressures and long hours, as we shot during winter on various external locations, including the woods and a hotel ground. The whole experience made me even more determined to break into the professional acting industry, as I thrived through the freedom and excitement I felt while filming.
Since 2015 I have worked seasonally as an entertainer on the Polar Express - a train ride experience based on the famous Christmas film. This type of work relies on improvisation, imagination and a real in depth knowledge of your character and responsibilities due its highly interactive nature. Two of my fondest memories were meeting a group of foster children, and a young girl from the ‘Make a Wish Foundation’. The fact that I had the opportunity to be a part of making their Christmases special is a feeling that I hope to continue to achieve through the power of performance.
Most recently I have taken part in rehearsals for a local musical production of ‘Footloose’, where I have made a special effort to take on a proactive part in the role of Bickle. I have garnered special praise for my dedication to the role, recording dance routines for other members of the society and taking the lead with singing and dance rehearsals.