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Mya — Act­ing Foun­da­tion Degree

Mya Laurence-Farrow

There’s so many places a course like this can take you. 

Mya — HE Acting — 

Mya, 19, joined the College on the Level 3 Acting Diploma and progressed to the Acting Foundation Degree, which she’s currently studying at the College’s brand new City Hub.

We chat­ted to her about her pas­sion for per­form­ing arts, what she enjoys about her Col­lege course, the chal­lenges of lock­down and her future ambi­tions. Here’s what she told us:

I’d love to become an actor one day. I realise it’s a dif­fi­cult indus­try to break into, but that’s why this course is so good – because you get to learn a whole range of skills; not just TV and film, but also radio, con­tem­po­rary and clas­si­cal the­atre, as well as back­stage stuff like cos­tume, set design, light­ing and sound.

At the moment I’m learn­ing how to mar­ket a per­for­mance. It’s out of my com­fort zone but the chal­lenge has been great. It’s been use­ful to expe­ri­ence a dif­fer­ent aspect of the indus­try and I’ve gained lots of new skills.”

Why did you choose College over university or Drama school?

After doing the Lev­el 3 Diplo­ma at Col­lege, I soon realised that this was where I want­ed to con­tin­ue my high­er-lev­el stud­ies. The lec­tur­ers are so sup­port­ive and have loads of indus­try expe­ri­ence. The tran­si­tion was super easy. There was no need to apply through UCAS and the process was real­ly quick.”

Opportunities

I played the lead role in a play at The Not­ting­ham Play­house, in front of 200 peo­ple, dur­ing my Diplo­ma. It was such an amaz­ing expe­ri­ence! I’ve also per­formed at the College’s The­atre and I’m excit­ed to get the chance to per­form on stage at the College’s brand new Fletch­ers The­atre when it opens lat­er this year.

Our lec­tur­er has some bril­liant con­tacts which has led to some real­ly cool indus­try vis­i­tors, and there’s always trips planned to the­atre per­for­mances and shows. Hope­ful­ly now that restric­tions are eas­ing, vis­its like this will be able to start up again.”

Lockdown challenges

We’ve gone from online learn­ing on Teams and danc­ing and per­form­ing from home in our bed­rooms to being back on cam­pus with our class­mates. It’s been a chal­lenge and we’ve all had to adapt, but our lec­tur­er has been so great. She goes above and beyond. Always on-hand to help, and real­ly open and approachable.”

What do you enjoy about the course?

I’m not the most aca­d­e­m­ic learn­er; I’m more hands-on and cre­ative so this course real­ly suits me.

I love how it helps me learn about myself and I enjoy the reac­tion of the audi­ence and the appre­ci­a­tion you receive. The adren­a­lin that runs through your veins when the lights shut down and you know there’s a huge audi­ence wait­ing to see you per­form – there’s no bet­ter feeling.”

The goal

The dream is to work in TV but I know that if I don’t make it, there are so many oth­er oppor­tu­ni­ties and I’d be real­ly hap­py work­ing in any part of the per­form­ing arts industry.”

Inter­est­ed in a cre­ative career like Mya?