Saturday 20th September 2014
Today, we celebrate our first anniversary! It's exactly a year since we started regular classes at Diorama Arts Studios, for our London School.
On Saturday, we welcomed 9 new (prospective) students, to sample our work and we were delighted with the quality of the acting and as well as, the attitude of those attending.
It has always been of prime importance for me to be able to assess each student and continue to find areas in which we are able to improve them. This is a fine balancing act, as we also aim to bring out each student's own relaxed and natural personality. It is what makes each of them unique and interesting.
Saturday also allowed me an opportunity to gauge how our current students are doing, especially when paired with those attending the taster sessions. Having watched a re-run of each of the filmed scenes from this weekend, it is extremely pleasing to see just how much technique our regular students now have. Even those who have only been with us for 10-12 weeks. It also allows me to see clearly, the first steps that i need to take, in improving the 'new' students.
It's a really obvious thing to state, that acting is a technical art-form, but the challenge and the enjoyment, especially for me, is to find clear and effective ways of improving students, immediately. If they can understand what they have learned and accept that it is worth working through, sometimes difficult exercises, then the rewards are clear and almost tangible. Instant results (genuine results) also help build confidence. Having a welcoming group of students, who immediately embrace the 'newbies' and welcome them to the group helps a great deal too.
At the end of each session, when you have met a potentially new student, you have to ensure that they understand what it is that they will be letting themselves in for. Watching the students' work on Saturday, it's clear for me to see, what they will be achieving and how quickly that will happen.
I can look at all of the students and easily see how to help them- but this weekend, I was given a very clear reminder, by two, very lovely groups of young people, that a good environment helps a great deal. An environment that exudes immediate acceptance of each other and a willingness to make each other look good… …I cannot actually find the words to describe how good a feeling that is.
This term we have some very exciting work to do. All students will be filming showreel scenes, as well as having new professional headshots. Carolyn McLeod (Top Casting Director) and the amazing Judy Browne (NYT) will be delivering masterclasses in the next two weeks.
It just keeps getting better!
This is our company Blog, re-capping previous weeks sessions.