It is my third year at Actupnorth. I did not envisage staying this long at the school. I did not realise that it would be continuous learning!. It is fantastic, I am constantly changing and developing my acting skills. From where I began to the level I am at now is poles apart!
The Teachers encourage you from the start to “Get over yourself!” not in the terms of having a big ego but in the sense that yes you look like that on camera, yes you sound like that and that is essentially the true you showing up on the TV screen. Once you have grasped this fact then you can start to learn to hone your skills.
The weekly classes I have been part of is an encouraging in environment where people listen to your work, provide constructive feedback and support you when you may struggle with a certain scene or technique. Sometimes you have to get it wrong to get it right, it is a learning process and when you do finally nail it the sense of achievement is up lifting.
I have been lucky since I began at Actupnorth I have starred in Theatre at the R.N.C.M, The Lass O Gowrie, various short films and regularly featured on Key 103 with my self devised comedy characters. I have been seen for TV commercials and filmed a TV pilot. On Thursday last week I acted in my first interactive theatre show at the Contact Theatre in Manchester. I also have my first standup gig at the Comedy Balloon at the Ape & Apple in two weeks.
Actupnorth provides you will the tools to get the work. From training you to a high standard, audition techniques, current TV scripts, mock castings and meeting renowned casting directors. It is up to you to get out what you put in as you are your product so you have to market yourself but actupnorth with help you with the rest.
So if you are serious about taking your first step into acting or refresh your skills then I would highly recommend ActUpNorth.