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What were you doing before you came to LAMDA?
I came to LAMDA straight from school. I was part of a youth theatre group at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith and one of my friends there was already studying here – that’s how I heard about LAMDA. Originally I auditioned for the three-year BA (Hons) Professional Acting but I was offered a place on the one-year Foundation Diploma instead. Initially I was disappointed but now, having gone through the year, I can see how much of a good thing it was that I didn’t get a place on the three-year course straight away. A year ago, I don’t think I really appreciated how intense the training was. If I had gotten into the three-year course then it would have taken me a long time to adjust.
Why did you decide to apply to LAMDA?
I had heard about LAMDA Examinations while I was at school but I didn’t know much about the drama school training. From talking to my friend at the Lyric, I realised that the training at LAMDA really focused on the ensemble, on people working together to produce great theatre rather than on the individual. That really attracted me to the training here and was a big part of my motivation for applying.
How would you describe the training at LAMDA?
It’s enlightening. I developed so much as a person here. I’ve become a lot more comfortable in my own skin and more open. I’ve grown so much as a person and I really like who I am know – it’s given me a sense of self-worth that I didn’t have before. I think that’s part of the journey of self-discovery that the training takes you on. It’s also taught me to be bold and to take risks. I really understand now what it means to learn from your mistakes; you have to take chances in order to develop as a person and as an actor and I’m not afraid of failing anymore. It’s all part of the learning curve.
What’s the best thing about studying at LAMDA?
The focus on the ensemble. It’s not about the individual here, it’s about the group. The training really teaches you and your classmates to think and work as a team. Everyone is here to create something – you learn really quickly that it’s not about individual personalities; it’s all about the work and about creating the best theatre possible.
Describe your time at LAMDA in three words.
Eye-opening. Challenging. Revealing. Fun. Intense.
The three-year BA! I auditioned for it and got in. I feel really ready for it now and I know I’m going to handle it better after a year of training on the Foundation course. This past year has been a really good thing. I’m excited about what’s next and a little bit terrified!
Nathaniel graduated in 2017.