Why did you go down the route of screen combat?
There were several things that made me want to pursue screen combat. When I obtained my musical theatre performance degree, we also had to study for our stage combat certificates. I loved it and always wanted to do more of it.
When I auditioned for a production in 2016 I was asked “what screen combat experience” I had. I only had stage combat and knew that screen combat was a completely different ball game. I didn’t want to go into a new production not knowing precisely how to give 110%. I knew then that I had to pursue it, to make myself more marketable and to make myself a better performer, but I always wanted to do it.
Why do you think it’s important to advance yourself as a performer through training?
It’s a crazy old industry to work in and so you must make sure you have as many strings to your bow in order to stand out and to be the best that you can be. You want to be the best asset that you can be to every production that you get involved in. The more you can do, the more employable you are.
The question you have to ask yourself is, do you want to be employed? Do you want to further yourself and your career? That’s how to think. It’s all about your career at the end of the day and so the more you can do, the better placed you will be.
A lot of people think that their career will just happen and that they will land on their feet immediately! Sadly, it just doesn’t work like that. You have to put in the time, the effort, and the training to be the best you can.
Once you do the courses, you find that you are more switched on. You can start to see how professionals make the fights as good as you can, and you have an understanding where you can weigh in and know what you are doing and help too, which is important.
You’re going to sweat, you’re going to struggle, but it is worth it 110%.