In today’s post I thought I’d share some of the lessons I learnt at drama school. It’s a crazy old place and lately I’ve been doing some reflecting on just how much I learnt about not only my craft; but myself.
Part One, in no particular order:
- 1 – I am still the same person I was before. Except now, I don’t feel the need to apologize for it.
- 2 – I am good enough. There are some horror stories floating around about Drama School breaking an actor down to build them back up again; tearing out their soul and popping in a new one. My drama school wasn’t like that & I hope none of them are! My training freed me from tension, habits, inhibitions and that inside voice that occasionally intruded with a “you’re not good enough”. My training gave me some kick-ass confidence that I owe to my tutors, directors and year group.
- 3 – Just because your hard work goes unnoticed, doesn’t mean it won’t benefit you in the future.
- 4 –Drama School is like high school mixed with preschool mixed with the Big Brother House mixed with I’m A Celeb mixed with MIC mixed with TOWIE mixed with Geordie Shore and you feel like an Adult-child-alien-orangutan-tree-rainbow hybrid.
- 5 – I will never grow out of getting the giggles. People are hilarious. People that are too tired for inhibitions but are constantly fueled with adrenaline are even more hilarious. My face still gets people in trouble like I’m still in high school. I have huge cheeks so when I find something funny, you’ll know. Except when you start laughing cause I’m laughing, you’ll be the one that’ll get in trouble. What’s a gift to me is a curse to you. But it’s all in good nature as laughing is good for the soul.
- 6 – And on that note: take your career seriously but not yourself.
- 7 –Yes, leave your sh*t at the door but always be honest if you’re upset or struggling to focus. Once you’re in a rehearsal room, you’re there to work. However if there’s something that’s impossible to shut out: it is okay to tell someone. Whether it’s your director or tutor or someone else. Don’t keep it in for the sake of remaining professional. As hard as it can be, it’s much better to let someone know what’s wrong as opposed to turning up to rehearsals early and then spending your warm up time having an anxiety attack in the corner. Believe me. You might even have a nice chat with your director about how you’ve both been through the same thing and you’ll then laugh about your past misfortunes.
- 8 –Yoga is the answer to all of your woes. I broke my back once cause a fat man fell on me in a Wetherspoons (true story) and since then, I would get bouts of incredible pain … But yoga… Ahhh yoga. My savior. During our first term of first year we were taught a lot of tension freeing exercise along with yoga and Pilates and since then I have been pretty much free form all back pain. I owe my spine to three people – Kieran, Alice and Kate <3333. It can help your mental wellbeing, help sleep better at night, gives you energy, gives you a bigger, firmer ass (if that’s what you fancy). Delightful. If you want to learn but don’t want to go to a class – there are so many cheap books available on Amazon and in The Works and there’s Yoga/Pilates for any problem on YouTube (i.e Yoga for lower back pain, yoga for period pains etc etc).
- 9 –Having a life outside of Drama School is okay. In fact, it’s essential. In your first year ,you have that “Drama School bubble” feeling. It felt so weird at the weekend when I’d go to Sheffield or anywhere that was outside of drama school really. It felt weird to be in the “real world” because I was so absorbed in my training. It was strange but good to get out and do stuff that wasn’t always acting related.
- 10- ALWAYS PACK MORE SNACKS THAN NECESSARY BECAUSE IF YOU RUN OUT THEN IT IS REALLY SAD AND YOU JUST END UP SPENDING A FIVER ON STRAWBERRY LACES THAT TASTE LIKE PLASTIC AND IT IS A GREAT DISTRESS ON TOP OF YOUR ALREADY HUGE WORKLOAD AND IT IS NOT GOOD.