What do you do?
Aside from working part-time in hospitality, I am an actor, writer and musician.
What shows/training did you take part in at Theatre Royal Wakefield and when?
I was a member of In on the Act for three years, during which time I performed in and helped produce music for several shows and projects, such as Grimm Tales, The Soldier’s Lament Plays and Pints) and Accrington Pals.
For a short period, I was also involved in their Young Writers scheme, which encouraged me to develop my critical language writing style.
How did being involved with Theatre Royal Wakefield make a difference?
As well as continually adding to my performance experience and expanding my knowledge of theatre and text, it helped me to develop my confidence in pursuing a career in the arts, which had stalled since leaving university in 2012. It was through Theatre Royal Wakefield helping to arrange a National Youth Theatre intake audition in Wakefield that I became a member in 2015 and, having signed to an agency, moved down to London to further my career.
Top tip for our current participants?
For every success there are twice as many failures, for every word of praise there are several of criticism. Learning to cope with rejection and negative feedback is a massive part of the industry, and failure should always be taken constructively.