We sat down and talked with Maree Papadopoulos about her 2nd year of our previous 10065NAT Diploma of Screen Acting.
Q: What were the most exciting things you learnt about being an actor throughout your second year?
Being a student at Screenwise has been an exhilarating experience that has been a lens for my career in the future. In our second year we were able to apply a lot of the techniques we had learnt into more practical scenarios. Being able to delve further into this aspect of learning at Screenwise was extremely rewarding as it allowed me to see not only myself but also my peers develop, mature and succeed in something that we are all so passionate about.
Q: How was the experience being on set and shooting your showreel scenes?
Whilst it can be daunting in the initial stages of shooting, the lengths that have been gone to by Screenwise to ensure that the sets and shooting are properly done gives an overwhelming feeling of professionalism. Having people who are so experienced around, really enabled me to feel comfortable and prepared. Being in an environment which is so organised really excites me as an actor to work amongst other industry professionals that are just as keen and motivated to produce great work.
Q: What values did you gain from the Screenwise business unit and how will this benefit you throughout your career?
The most important value that the business unit taught me was independence. Having to develop our business portfolios gives us a tool which we can use to not only grow as actors but reflect on past experience. We learnt that we are our own biggest responsibility and it is ultimately our own actions that will define our progress. The unit informed us on how we can best make these decisions to flourish in the industry.
Q: One word to describe your journey through the Diploma of Screen Acting (10065NAT)
Q: What advice would you offer to HSC drama students thinking of studying screen acting next year?
The most important thing when taking any steps to developing your future is to be brave and take a chance. Before you succeed you must first try. If you truly enjoy something it will come easier, but this does not mean it will be easy. Screenwise really helped to develop my confidence and the key for me was being exposed to good influences and a professional environment.
The Diploma of Screen Acting (10065NAT) is now our 10869NAT Advanced Diploma of Screen Acting.