What do you do when you know you want to act as a career but don't know how to get started? Read how Summer School helped Eva to find her focus.
"I've always loved performing. I grew up in Yorkshire doing the Hull Truck Youth Theatre where one year we took part in the Royal Shakespeare Festival. We did A Midsummer Night’s Dream and I played the role of Titania and that just injected a love of Shakespeare into me. It was phenomenal. We had people coming in to work with us and then we got to do the performance in the actual theatre, which for someone like me, a young aspiring actor, was really exciting. And it was also exciting that it reached us up North because normally everything happens “Down South” and it's like you have to be where the action is. So it was nice that it reached us higher up. It was amazing. It was so much fun.
I did acting at A-Level and I'm hoping to go to a drama school. I got an A* in my A-Level, which I'm very proud of. I'm also from a circus background, so that's been in my family for generations. So it is just a family line of performers. I decided to go more into the acting side, whereas my sister's gone back into the circus. Either way I want to end up on a stage.
I've learned so much at Summer School. I've got a notebook full of stuff. There's some really interesting techniques and different approaches that I hadn't thought of before. One thing that I took a note of that I thought was interesting was when they said: "You can't play an emotion just as an emotion. Think about when you feel a feeling, how do you know that's the feeling? Where do you feel it in your body?." So what I've planned to do is get like a little notebook and whenever I feel something like write down the physical symptoms, where in my body, do I feel it? How do I know what it is? And then I can use that in the future.
Also, just the networking is so amazing. We've met Assistant Directors, we're going to meet a casting director, we've met the actors. It's so exciting as someone who wants to go into this. And it's exciting to meet people with the same interests as well. And because it's such a small performing world, l'm sure I'll see these people again at some point. We might even end up working together in the future hopefully!
I was a last-minute applicant. I only discovered Summer School about a week before, and then I was like, I'm going to this, I'm so excited. And I'm quite a shy person as well, which you might not believe, but it is really has made me feel so much more confident being around people with similar interests. It's brought out my most confidence and highlighted the best version of myself, I would say.
There are so many roles and parts (in the world of theatre) that I hadn't thought of before. It's interesting to be shown all the theatrical side because a lot of the time all you see is Film and TV. So to see the actual theatre and actors perform and you can look at them and just think: "That's where I want to be."
We’re having a workshop in a few days called Next Steps where we're going to learn what you do next. And I think that'll be really good because you don't know where to start really. It's a hard one. You just kind of have to throw yourself in wherever you can!”