So where was I, ah yes, last collum's bullet point FOCUS! I was 18 and out on tour with Charles Dance and Linda Thorson. Perfectly focused you might guess except I was an ASM not an actor.
Bright young things arrive daily to make their way ‘in the business in the sunshine
If I was to work as an actor, I would need training. I was living in Bath so The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School was on my list along with Central and RADA. Bristol gave you the option of a first round audition and if successful, a call back for a weekend-school, or, in a practice that has since died out, you could opt for a gruelling 40 min interview with the Principal Nat Brenner. Everyone opted for the former, I went for the interview, if only to get the possible pain of refusal over with quickly. I have always chosen the path less trodden, bullet point 2: CPLT (with apologies to Robert Frost, don't ask look him up)
Whilst living and working in Los Angeles in the early 90's, I mentored a number of aspiring actors. Bright young things arrive daily to make their way ‘in the business in the sunshine'. There is however not the tradition of established drama schools and many young actors forge their training from ‘taking classes”. These classes are well subscribed, extremely popular, and numerous.
Read the full published article in issue 2 of The Drama Student Magazine.