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I am currently studying BTEC Performing Arts (Acting), AS level Psychology and AS level French at The BRIT School in Croydon, South London. Ever since my first drama lesson in year 1 Drama’s been my favourite subject, being able to be someone other than yourself is what I think I really enjoy. I like that in drama you can be anywhere or nowhere, near or far, open or closed and hot or cold all at the same time. The Performing Arts give me an instant passion to complete the task, and do it better than anyone before or after.

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I really want to study this university course as like above, it gives me a passion, a passion I’d like to further explore. In my first term of GCSE Drama we did a short play on asylum seekers, I was really worried that I was going to laugh and nervous I’d slip up. Once we started acting I was almost in a trance of worry when suddenly our piece was over. Later the teacher took me to the side and told me how impressed she was at my acting. At that moment I realised something that I think of every time I act, everything within drama is relative to situations in real life.

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It made me realise that life is one big show and that all the time people are acting, whether consciously or subconsciously. At secondary school I was also involved in every school performance, getting a major part in all but one. I have also sang twice a solo in front of 1500 people at my schools yearly concert where a got an article written about me in my local newspaper. When I was 12 in only 6 months at a local choir I had gained a bronze medal from the Royal School of Church music, a feat that normally takes 3 years.

I am still very interested in singing, I can play the drums and I am a competent pianist. My free time is mostly spent either working or taking part in a myriad of extra-curricular activities. I swim for one hour every morning before school and every other day play tennis with my local tennis club. I work as a volunteer in an arts outreach program helping less advantaged members of the local community to create their own works. This reminds me how the performing arts are so natural to humans and that no matter who you are or where your from you can take part.

I also have a part time job at a small coffee shop, a large distance from where I live, and yet I haven’t been late to any of my 400 or so shifts. Norwegian is my second language, I am fluent in it and keep my skills up by using my very close family ties there. I also have quite a good grasp of both French and Spanish, after studying French since primary school and Spanish since secondary. From secondary school I also retain a basic knowledge of German, Greek and Chinese.

I love learning new languages and I’m currently taking courses in Finnish and Italian, which both seem to be going very well. I hope a degree in Drama and the Performing Arts will help me better understand the discipline and hopefully lead to a career in theatre and film-making. Being famous would, of course, be nice but that’s not what I want. I want to be able to make people feel emotions that no other actor has ever made them. I want to be able to touch anyone and everyone with my work, through that making a difference to the world around us.

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