#Screeners Spotlight – Meet Isabelle Webster

Oct 20, 2016 | Screenwise Presents

1) What attracted you to study at Screenwise?
I chose Screenwise because of the calibre of, and access to, working actors and industry professionals whose knowledge is current and substance. The contacts and connections I have made in the Australian industry have been priceless.The boutique environment, location and reputation were also factors, as was the film and television focus.

2) How has it been working with the tutors and staff at Screenwise?
The tutors at Screenwise have been equal parts sensitive, supportive, empowering, encouraging and challenging. At no point have I felt discouraged, or like I am anything less than equal to the people who are tutoring me, which is so liberating for a young woman in the arts. Every Sunday night I am excited to go to bed because I know Monday means school and school is the happiest, safest place I’ve ever known. I’ve never felt more accepted anywhere in my life.

3) Highlight of studying at Screenwise so far?
So far the highlight of Screenwise has been the showreel shoot with Ben Mathews. His direction and creative vision, coupled with his unique ability to create a space in which I was able to be playful and vulnerable and authentic, created a performance that I cannot wait to see. 

The small classes are perfect for someone like me, who needs a lot of feedback and attention. The tutors always have enough time for each person to get the engagement they require and ask questions, and the stability of the class size and content means that my peers and the support staff have become like a second family. We’re safe to grow, experiment and play without fear of judgment or criticism.

4) How do you find the boutique learning environment?
The small classes are perfect for someone like me, who needs a lot of feedback and attention. The tutors always have enough time for each person to get the engagement they require and ask questions, and the stability of the class size and content means that my peers and the support staff have become like a second family. We’re safe to grow, experiment and play without fear of judgment or criticism.

5) If you can sum up the Diploma of Screen Acting in one word what would it be?
Invaluable.

6) What advice would you offer to HSC drama students thinking of studying screen acting next year?
I would say – to anyone considering screen acting – take the leap. Study your passion and you’ll not only adore every second of your diploma, you’ll learn about yourself and your peers, your world, and your ability to create change. You’ll learn how to not take yourself too seriously. You’ll gain knowledge and life skills like empathy, listening, and discipline, you’ll become an open, kind and flexible person who is resilient and able to rise to any challenge. Not to mention, you’ll make friends that will last you a lifetime.

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