I started relatively recently, only performing since the age of 15, when I began as a performance poet, and then branching out into acting via the West Yorkshire Playhouse's 'First Floor' facility. After this, I elected to study performance at York College, after which I found I had been accepted into Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance.
Prior to studying at York College, I had been home educated, having needed to assist in my mother's care growing up. After taking my GCSEs at 17, managing to secure a place in a world-class drama school in the first place still doesn't seem real to me, and I am constantly amazed by the distance I've come since I first stepped on stage five years ago.
Since then, I have performed with theatre companies across the country, and performed poetry on stage across numerous events and festivals. In 2018, I performed in France, with Pilot Theatre's "Platform shift" event, a theatre project that brought together artists from across Europe.
As part of my training at Rose Bruford, I am being sent to Barcelona to train at Eòlia Conservatory of Dramatic Arts. This is a fantastic opportunity for me to train in screen acting, directing, and musical theatre - areas of theatre that my own course doesn't cover.
However, coming from a lower income family, this poses a heavy obstacle - the cost. It would be a mistake to say that the industry has made things easier for actors from working class backgrounds - especially in the north of england. This, combined with the recent pandemic has meant that I will have to pay rent for two different places - my student home, and the property I will be staying in while I am training in Barcelona. Under normal circumstances, students would sublet their properties in order to afford this, but due to the circumstances, this is not possible.
I believe that financial status should never pose as a barrier to education - no matter who you are, or your circumstance. I have been lucky enough to be able to work enough to afford my education, at one point balancing three jobs to finance my drama school auditions, and past that, securing work to push me through my first year. But as much as I have been able to save, I am still £1500 short.
This £1500 will help me afford my rent, travel insurance for my time in Barcelona, visa fees, and living costs (Including heating, power and etc). And I hope to raise this much by January 25th, the date I leave for Barcelona.
Education and experience should never have a financial barrier in place. Neither should doing what you love. And with your help, I'll be able to get all of that. And without your help, I won't be able to make it. Every little helps, no matter how high or low.
- Performing with first floor theatre makers, 2016
- Ellie Mcloughlin Mejia
- Cat Dobson
- Lewis Francis
- Lisa Sullivan
- Pauline Dobson
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