Since graduating Principal Academy, the journey towards developing myself into the professional artist I am today has been incredible. I’ve always taken the drive, motivation and persistence needed to do well in college and applied it to my life as a performer, because once you’re self-employed and in the big wide world it can be very hard to maintain any kind of structure or balance! The advice from my teachers at the academy gave me great insights to what I’d need to do to help prepare myself for large scale auditions, rehearsal processes and my presence in a room. I still have Phil’s voice in my head when standing prepared for a routine to start (always with energy from head to toe and out of the fingers!) and Deby’s when I need to perform a number with full out energy. The support and push you get whilst training isn’t like anything you’ll find in the industry, so I’d definitely say to appreciate and savour every bit of feedback you get as it is all valuable.
For the one year I was a freelancer in Perth, I worked for creative event company’s Excessive Productions and Bent Knee Entertainment, and was a member of Green Room Agency where I played the lead role of Miss Scarlett in the end of year showcase. I danced in corporate events, worked as a suit character, hosted hens parties and taught classes around the city, alongside my ‘normal’ jobs as a waitress and scooping ice cream at Baskin and Robbins! I kept myself busy and met lots of people doing this, and juggling multiple jobs is something I continue to do today (and love!).
Here in London, I am a member of House of Jazz and UnCorked Theatre – two companies run by Christie Lee Manning, delving into the performance art of jazz styles, immersive theatre and cabaret. I have performed in their shows ‘How To Solve A Problem Like Murder’ and ‘One Nine Two Seven’, both receiving five star reviews and acclaim in the off-west-end immersive theatre world. My characters have ranged from a seductive cabaret dancer, to the younger version of a lead murderer! It’s always a challenge playing new characters, but one I love taking. I’ve performed for artists Laura Doggett, Bill Laurance and Newton Faulkner in their music videos, and live at the SSE Arena at Wembley, the IndigO2, Leeds Castle and the Rosewood Hotel. I’ve even been lucky enough to travel to Tuscany for a private showcase as a soloist! It’s been amazing delving into theatre, screen and stage shows since moving here, and my passion for storytelling and moving on stage has only grown after doing them!
At the moment, I continue to take company class with House of Jazz, and perform with Simon Drake in his acclaimed ‘House of Magic’ show in a secret location as a magicians assistant – I disappear from stage after being tied to a chair! I maintain my training at the leading studios/programmes in London – Pineapple, Studio 68, Runway House and CreationBox – and regularly attend dance intensives, join in with self-development workshops and go to masterclasses with choreographers flown in from around the world to this ever bustling city! I work as a receptionist at Studio Lagree which is a bespoke reformer-style class, and have been working in the fitness environment for the past two years. Though I’ve definitely had my fair share of not-so-fun jobs to help pay rent – flyering around train stations, collecting data from bars, and waitressing at school balls! It’s great to have a job relative to my industry because I get to keep fit by taking classes and socialise with people who have a similar passion and lifestyle.
Throughout my time in London I have worked a lot in the development of danced based companies, bringing choreographers to London to share their insight (including Beyonces choreographer Dana Foglia), helping curate six week summer intensives with Dance London (sadly no longer operating), sourcing dancers for bespoke events with LA based agency Elan Artists and learning within the business realms of the arts. It’s something I really enjoy and hope to one day contribute to the industry by giving back in everything I’ve learnt. I’d definitely say Principal Academy helped me strive for the highest standards of work and professionalism in the industry, and fuelled this fire within me to always keep learning, growing and developing to become the best person and dancer I can be!