We get a lot of CV’s from young actors wanting to work for us. For me the first notion I had of acting came from watching a Road Safety drama workshop at primary school and realizing that these people were having enormous fun – and it was their job! I also had a great primary school teacher who led us through some great drama games where we became pirates and fairies and had an amazing time. When I was about ten we had to write an essay about what we wanted to be when we grew up and I wrote that I wanted to be an actor. After I left university and realized that I could be an actor and educate children at the same time things just became perfect.
To be an actor you need energy, intelligence, imagination, intuition, determination, drive, refusal to be beaten, resilience and awareness of self and others. Of course if you have all these things you’re should be a saint rather than an actor! Acting is very, very hard work. It can also be the most rewarding job you will ever have. Especially when working with young people who are the most demanding audience of all and who will give you the most honest and overwhelming (either good or bad!) responses to your work.
To all those people who send in your CV’s asking what skills you need to work in TIE? You need to be a talented actor, you need to love working with children and you need to believe in using theatre to educate and entertain, build self-esteem, explore creative potential and develop communication skills. Anyone else need not apply.
Alison – Artistic Director