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My First Audition: Rory Wilton

Rory Wilton: David Snowden
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My first audition took place in an old primary school in St Blazey, Cornwall, in the summer of 1992. The role was with the Bedlam Theatre Company of Cornwall.

It came about after I was approached by one of my lecturers at drama school during our end-of-year show, and encouraged to submit my CV to the director for consideration. I did as I was told – and, to my absolute shock, received an invitation to the audition.

I was extremely nervous, but the ‘workshop’ nature of the audition made the day a lot of fun. I remember being in awe of the members from the company, as they were making a living as actors.

But my own sense of fun was definitely the thing that got me through the day, and I was very lucky, because this, my first audition out of drama school, resulted in the offer of the role I had been seen for.

I later discovered that what had tipped the balance in my favour was that, when we were invited at the end of the day to present any speeches, songs or improvisations to the group to support our work, I had said: “I don’t have a piece to show, as I hope my work with everyone today during workshops will have shown what I can do.”

A piece of advice I still give today is don’t get in your own way. It’s easy to undermine yourself, either with nerves and self-doubt or by showing off. Instead, be the actor you’d love to work ‘with’ – not ‘at’.

You should always go into auditions with a sense of adventure, fun and the hope that you will learn something new.

CV: Rory WIlton

Age: 48
Training: The Hub Theatre School
TV includes: Doc Martin (ITV), Poldark (BBC), Galavant (ABC)
Theatre includes: The Incomers (Windswept Productions), Macbeth (Cube Theatre), Platform 15 (Theatre Royal Plymouth)
Film includes: Extremis, Siren Song, All in the Valley
Agent: Theresa Outing at Film Cast Cornwall and South West 

 Rory Wilton was talking to John Byrne

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