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  What was the process like for auditions?
For first round auditions you always have to prepare one classical and one contemporary monologue. I chose Orsino’s monologue from Twelfth Night and a monologue from a World War 2 play Edelweiss Pirates by Ayub Khan-Din, who also interestingly attended Mountview, where I am currently training! It was a very dynamic monologue, giving me lots of opportunity for movement.
After this round, each drama school asked me to do something different, but ultimately they are looking for the same things; mainly being able to work effectively in an ensemble, as the biggest part of being an actor is working with other people, and being able to follow as well as lead. They would also be trying to determine whether you’re ready for a three year course and you have the life experience necessary to be able to reach your full potential as an actor.
Which Drama Schools did you audition for?
I applied to Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) Arts Educational Schools (Arts Ed), Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) and American Academy of Dramatic Arts. The auditions for all of them were tough, because you had to constantly remind yourself to be true and honest to who you are and not what you think they wanted; and also they were all very time and energy consuming.
What schools did you get offers from and how much of an achievement was this as a school leaver?
I managed to get offers from four of them, which was stunning for me considering there are around 5,000 applicants to each one and only about 32 places, and in addition they usually only take people when they are 21 or over, so as a school leaver I am one of the youngest people on my course at Mountview.
What course are you now studying at Mountview and have the first few weeks been what you expected?
I’m now doing a BA (Hons) degree in Professional Acting and the first six weeks have honestly been the most enjoyable and mind-blowing, but also mentally, emotionally and physically tasking of my life, exceeding my expectations in every way. I went wondering ‘why is it going to take me three years to become an actor?’ and now I understand why!
What have you enjoyed the most so far?
I’ve most enjoyed Alexander Technique, which is about finding a dynamic alignment within the spine, and
also improvisation where I have aged from 4 years old through until 40 for the past 6 weeks, but definitely looking forward to stage combat next September and working with West End directors!
What is your long-term ambition and how will you get there?
My long-term ambition is to move to America and work in film and television. Due to the systems in place and training at Mountview, as well as the brilliant industry professionals working there, such as Neil Rutherford, who will work with me to help get a top-quality agent, this no longer feels very far out of reach.
How has Hymers helped you so far in reaching your goals?
Hymers set me up for this through the various skills they helped me build from a young age, which meant that I was in a good starting position for auditions and drama school training. Also the teachers have a strong passion and willingness to help and give you their time, with Miss McLeod constantly giving up her free time to help me prepare for auditions and to understand the industry, which I knew nothing about until this time last year. As an Old Hymerian now, I will stay connected to Hymers, as it has shaped me into who I am today.
Tashinga Bepete, Year 13

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