Do you remember the first TV show you ever loved as a child? The first poster you ever stuck and worshipped on your wall? I do. Zoey 101, Hillary Duff. The ability to affect someone in such a way has always intrigued me immeasurably. To possess the ability to make someone laugh, cry, be happy, be frightened, entirely by you and your body, is pretty incredible if you ask me. I have loved movies for as long as I can remember, however my love and passion for performing only really kicked in around the age of 10 or 11. For me, to be able to use drama as a way of building confidence and a way of gripping an entire audience beats being the same overly confident person, from birth throughout their entire life. Having that serge of energy pushing you towards your dream beats surfing through life with no bother any day. Without the struggle there’s no drive, there’s no passion, and quite frankly there’s no point. From the research I have done and experiences I have had, acting and performing is all about the development and the journey through building a character. The struggle is what helps us grow stronger and gives us the foundation of our personalities. Since my love for acting and drama really began to flourish, I have been involved with a variety of different activities all benefiting me in ways I didn’t necessarily realise at the time. Most recently and for about 6 months, as part of a school enrichment programme, I had been involved with helping teach a young children’s theatre group. As soon as I was aware of this I knew that something like this would suit me perfectly. The ability to control a class of 9 years olds whilst maintaining the fun and motivation, as well as ensuring they rehearse their songs along the way, is something that presented itself to be more challenging than I had anticipated – and believe me with an infant school teacher for a mother I had anticipated it to be hard. However on observing and really getting stuck in I learned so many values that will help me in life from control to respect and equality to individuality. As well as this, although low scale, I learned how a director works his actors to ensure that any problems along the way can be sorted quickly and efficiently preventing any larger problems evolving in the future. To get a true taste of the real world, my passion and hunger to learn drove me to apply for and attend an acting workshop in February at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). This 5 hour workshop taught me more than I could have ever imagined learning in a month of GCSE or A-Level Drama lessons. From breathing exercises, to building characters from scratch as well as the importance of team work; I learnt so many skills that have been handpicked to help any aspiring actor entering the real world of acting. With the ages ranging from me being the youngest at 16, to the rest of the group being age 20-26, it really allowed me to be pushed out of my comfort zone, giving me the opportunity to grow and learn from these new, high pressure experiences that I will have to deal frequently in the future. My love for performing has more recently pushed me to get involved in the school production of “Big! The musical”, to which I have been cast as one of Susan’s (the main female lead) best friends. Roundwood Park School has given me hundreds of opportunities to better the atmosphere and specific areas as well as the chance for me to learn life lessons to take with me into my future. As well as learning lots about movement and my body, relevant for all types of physical theatre, being a Dance and Sports leader as well as one of the two whole school Sports Captains, taught me different teamwork and leadership skills to help in anything from confidence and effectiveness when directing and communication skills when devising in a group. Lastly, alongside a fellow drama student, we directed a select group of pupils from our house in a House drama competition, that we consequently received 1st place in. Our ability to devise a piece that both looked effective and told a story in a different and interesting way, whilst ensuring people as young as 12 understood the piece, was a memorable achievement. Outside of acting and performing, I worked at local Pharmacy. I learned a number of skills and displayed certain attributes about myself that has helped me grow as a person. I learned to work independently and successfully, finding information and resources by myself when needed. Being responsible enough to run the shop at times, reflects not only my friendly and confident side to help anyone that may enter, but also the ability to be trusted to succeed. To conclude, I believe that nowadays in society we are programmed to believe that if we’re not acting in commercials or have a personal agent by the age of 6, we’ve missed the boat. Yet I find myself at 17 thinking, it’s too late. Honestly I find it astounding to think that people aren’t even given 5 minutes to discover themselves and their passions, before setting out on the journey to the rest of their life. I want to show people that, as cliché as it sounds; it’s never too late to achieve your dreams.
- Drama (AS) - Grade B
- English (AS) - Grade D
- PE (AS) - Grade D
Article by TSR User on Thursday 15 February 2018
Sample Performing Arts Personal Statement
In Shaffer’s seminal play “Equus”, the 17 year old protagonist Alan struggles with religion, sexuality and aggression and commits unspeakable acts in the play’s dramatic denouement. It was my experience playing this uniquely complex and controversial role in a school production that inspired me most to pursue an acting career. A character as extreme as Alan forced me to explore his every motivation to understand his personality: I lost myself in the process of imagining his past experiences to shape an authentic portrayal, and found the unpredictability and excitement of performance to be an experience unlike any other. This intense approach to dramatic craft has convinced me that studying Acting at a higher level would stretch me both as an actor and a person, in preparation for a future theatrical career.
I have actively participated in every drama opportunity at school, including assisting in the running of Drama clubs and promoting the subject at open days. I have taken lead roles in plays including Berkoff’s “The Trial”, for which I received outstanding performance grades, “Equus”, and “Crazy Capers”- a musical which demanded both singing and acting abilities. I have also gained outstanding performance grades in GCSE and AS level drama, and particularly enjoyed the Dramatic Improvisation unit which developed my skills in this discipline. have watched a number of plays on school trips and found observing the different approaches used in production intriguing: from the innovative puppetry of “War Horse” to the realism of “Black Watch”, modern theatre is constantly evolving new methods to tell stories. I researched the history and production of “Black Watch” and developed a real interest in theatrical depictions of war, and went on to create my own music video for the Black Eyed Peas’ “Where is the Love”, exploring the dramatic potential of war through performance. I also enjoyed the insight into acting for camera, and inspired 5 Media Studies students at my school to cast me as an actor in their music videos. I have also attended many acting workshops, including a vocalization and blocking masterclass at the Globe Theatre and Acting Techniques at Globe Hall; as well as a Steven Berkoff workshop which introduced me to physical theatre, which I am keen to study in more depth at university. I also hope to extend my knowledge of method acting through studying the techniques of Strasberg, who places particular emphasis on exploring a character’s past to inform a performance.
I have undertaken work experience at the Theatre Royal in the West End to learn about the backstage process, and found the unique insight into the unseen work of the theatre fascinating. Working at a music shop alongside my A-Levels has also allowed me to indulge my passion for music; having played the guitar for over 4 years, the chance to help others select instruments and maintain the stock has enjoyable, and I have developed my time management and confidence. I have always enjoyed extreme sports such as skiing and rock climbing, and have arranged to climb Mount Kilimanjaro next year; this unique test of my personal capacities will serve me well in working both with others and independently towards my future goals.
I sometimes feel that I have grown up acting every day; during all my activities I am constantly absorbing the emotional and physical traits of other people and situations, and it is perhaps this which has made me so able to tap in to my own psyche to produce real emotions on stage. It is my future to perform, and I have already begun to gather a resource of skills and knowledge which will only be enhanced by further study and practise. The unique opportunities of an Acting degree will be instrumental in achieving my goals of performing around the world and I look forward to the unique challenges and rewards ahead.
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