Meet 1st Year Diploma of Screen Acting (10065NAT) Student Natalie Parpaiola

Oct 16, 2018 | Screenwise Presents

Thinking of applying for the Diploma of Screen Acting (10065NAT) in 2019? Our 1st Year student Natalie Parpaiola provides a snapshot of what to expect from this highly acclaimed program. You’ll gain great insight through this series of interviews with our Diploma of Screen Acting (10065NAT) 1st Year & 2nd Year students as they reflect on their time in our studios and the many experiences that they will carry with them throughout their careers in the Film and Television Industry.

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Q: What attracted you to study at Screenwise?

After three years earning a BA Performance Degree, I still felt as though I wasn’t confident in my screen technique. I came across the Screenwise short courses during my last semester of Uni and decided to give it a go – I had seen the tutors that were taking the classes on my TV screen at home. At what institution are you able to be taught by some of Australia’s best film actors? Screenwise. These classes were a taste test of Screenwise for me, and I decided that the best way to develop my screen technique was to apply for the Diploma of Screen Acting (10065NAT). I could tell from these short courses the standard of training I would receive in the Diploma of Screen Acting (10065NAT) would be very high.

Q: How has it been working with the tutors and staff at Screenwise?

The nature of classes and the professional working environment at Screenwise is infectious. Everybody wants to learn, support each other and have fun. The tutors are some of the best in the industry – learning from them is something I never take for granted. We are so lucky here that we have access to such a high calibre of teachers. I find that not only am I learning and growing, but I am craving the challenges our tutors give us…they push us to work harder and go to places beyond our comfort zone, in a safe environment. The staff members at Screenwise are more than accommodating and are always there if you need a helping hand with absolutely anything.

Q: Highlight of studying at Screenwise so far?

The highlight of studying so far into the Diploma is that we collaborate with AFTRS students. We are exposed to being on set with cameras and crew that are the next generation in filmmaking.  The exposure to being on a real set meant that I had to trust in the training I’ve been getting.  To my surprise, I found I was comfortable on set and I felt prepared. Everything I had learnt fell into place and it was such a great feeling. The experience I’ve gained from this and the people I’ve met are invaluable. Opportunities have already arisen out of the connections I’ve made, which is so exciting.

Q: If you can sum up the Diploma of Screen Acting (10065NAT) in one word what would it be?


Q: What advice would you offer to HSC drama students thinking of studying screen acting next year?

I would say that Screenwise is the place to jump right into screen acting.  You start right from the beginning with people of all ages, backgrounds and experience. It is the place to begin your training, with some of our finest actors, voice and movement coaches you will receive a holistic and in-depth approach to what it takes to become a working actor.  If you are willing to work hard for what sets your soul on fire, come study with Screenwise. That’s what I did!

The Diploma of Screen Acting (10065NAT) 2019 is Australia’s leading creative and technical screen acting program. The Screenwise Diploma of Screen Acting (10065NAT) is a two-year, full-time, Government accredited course, which offers students the most advanced acting courses and professional industry training today.

If you’d like to find out more about this acting course, or if you need just that bit of extra encouragement, contact us today at or +61 2 9281 4484.



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