College Leads to Drama School and Acting Career for Daniel

09 August 2019 | Alumni, College News, Performing Arts & Music

Daniel Chambers always knew he wanted to be an actor and using his training at City College Plymouth he progressed to East 15 Acting School and a career in theatre and television.

Having studied GCSE Drama at Ivybridge Community College, Daniel enrolled on a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts at City College and specialised in acting. As he sought a practice-focused course, Daniel says: “Learning the craft of the profession was incredibly important to me. I was aware Nicola Rosewarne was teaching at the College and her approach to acting reflected the direction I wanted to take. I felt that under Nicola’s influence I would receive the training best suited to my needs and be best prepared for moving forward.

“The course was incredibly broad and the opportunities to explore different genres prepared me well for drama school. The teaching staff at the College are industry professionals and understand how to succeed in the sector; I was confident that the training at the College would be current and modern.”

Following his studies at City College, Daniel secured a place at drama school and went on to tour the UK, performing in pantomimes and Agatha Christie plays, as well as appearing on television. He says: “Theatre has always been my preferred direction, particularly touring theatre. Naturally I have also fallen into television and it is definitely an avenue I want to continue exploring.”

Daniel’s first job since graduating from drama school was at Sterts Theatre in Cornwall with Nicola Rosewarne in a play called ‘Third Light’, demonstrating how important and useful it is for students to forge connections with professionals during their studies and how these connections can help boost a career. Daniel says: “I continue to keep in contact with Nicola; with lecturers like her you get a friend and a teacher.”

For anyone considering a BTEC in Performing Arts at City College, Daniel says: “Go for it! The encouragement and guidance is like no other. The support I received was extensive, especially when I was pulling together monologues and preparing for drama school auditions. If you want one-to-one support with the best intentions, I wouldn’t suggest anywhere else. The College is all about creating connections with professionals and exposing students to fantastic opportunities for the future.”

If you are interested in starting your career in the performing arts or wider creative industries, explore the range of courses and Apprenticeships that City College Plymouth has on offer by attending our Open Day on Friday 23 August, by calling 01752 305300 or by visiting cityplym.ac.uk.

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