My Journey So Far @ Media Academy Drama
I want to be an actress. To be on television, or in the theatre, entertaining people is the one thing I have always wanted to do.
Recently, I consider myself to be going through a rough time. High school seems to be getting worse by the day; my friendship group is changing constantly; arguments are flying everywhere and I don’t feel like I am the same ‘happy’ person everyone used to know me as anymore.
Due to this, my mother decided that it would be a great idea for me to join a club. I found this difficult, as I’ve never really responded well to being placed in the middle of a load of people my age who’ve known each other for a while. But I agreed, I was simply far too bored and alone to not take up such an opportunity.
After some researching, I decided I wanted to attend Media Academy Drama, a free drama group for 12-16 year olds.
I was extremely nervous when I arrived, as I hadn’t been to a club, or met new people, in years, but I needn’t have been. As soon as I walked through the small blue door (that as I was approaching I was panicking about whether it was a push or pull door) of Media Academy Cardiff, I was welcomed instantly. I honestly tell you now, that I have never, in my life, felt so in place as quickly as I did there.
I was invited into a group of three girls, who I now get along with so well! And they boosted my confidence so much that it’s having a positive effect on my school life as well! I recently got a level 8 (which in my school is the highest you can get) in Drama, because these wonderful people managed to help me in so many ways, I will always be grateful to them!
After finishing our performance with masks (in which I played a lion), we moved on to a full play! Our auditions were not the usual: "here’s a script, learn it, we’ll choose the best". These auditions were basically an hour-and-a-half of playing drama games, where we had to improvise and we were tested on how well we could fix a broken scenario on the spot (just in case we ever forgot our lines on stage)!
After a week of hoping I did okay, I arrived at Media Academy Drama again and I got the part I wanted! I am so, so, happy!
Soon after we all got our parts, we performed the first scene at the Wales Millennium Centre at a graduation! The nerves were unreal!
Overall, the best thing about Media Academy Drama is I honestly think I gained a good few friends for life, and I really do look forward to working with them weekly!
I highly recommend any club to kids and teenagers, they are extremely beneficial!
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