Thinking of applying for the Diploma of Screen Acting in 2019? Our 2nd Year student Talia Rowley provides a snapshot of what to expect from this highly acclaimed program. This series of interviews presents our Diploma of Screen Acting 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 were the most exciting things you learnt about being an actor throughout your second year?
The most exciting thing I learnt about being an actor throughout my second year was to simply trust myself. As most artists would know, it is not as easy as it may sound. Though once I learnt to quieten the noise and disregard destructive self-talk, I was able to get out of my own way. My most memorable and rewarding performances were the ones where I had done the work to prepare, I made bold choices and I trusted that I could do it… and I could. Learning to trust myself wasn’t necessarily a ‘technique’ or a ‘mind-blowing revelation’, it was more about finally understanding how powerful something so seemingly simple was, and how much freedom it gave me as an actor. I was really only able to discover that through my fantastic tutors and my incredibly supportive peers.
Q: How was the experience being on set and shooting your showreel scenes?
The experience on-set shooting our showreels was an exciting one. There was this incredible ‘buzz’ and it came from being surrounded by other like-minded creatives, people from different fields within the industry, all working together to create something special. You learn on-set that no job is more important than another. I’m so grateful to have experienced these things first-hand working on our showreels.
Q: What values did you gain from the Screenwise business unit and how will this benefit you throughout your career?
The business unit at Screenwise was invaluable. As actors we are our own small business and it was through this unit we learnt how to create, manage and run a successful business! I learnt that this aspect of the industry requires specific skills and knowledge most student actors unfortunately don’t have access to during their studies. I can now appreciate that being business savvy is an absolute necessity to the longevity of a career in acting. I will undoubtedly take with me into my career, what I learnt in this unit.
Q: One word to describe your journey through the Diploma of Screen Acting
Q: What advice would you offer to HSC drama students thinking of studying screen acting next year?
To all the HSC drama students thinking about studying screen acting, there are two decisions you need to make: The first is about acting. It can seem like a difficult decision, though if you love it and it makes you happy, you should do it. Life is way too short to be spending time on the things that don’t excite you. Back yourself. The second is about where to study screen acting. This decision shouldn’t be a difficult one. Having now completed the two-year, full-time Diploma of Screen Acting, I can say without hesitation, studying at Screenwise will be one of the best career moves you can make. Believe me. From someone who was in your shoes not too long ago.
The Diploma of Screen Acting 2019 is Australia’s leading creative and technical screen acting program. The Screenwise Diploma of Screen Acting 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or +61 2 9281 4484.