My First Audition: Kierston Wareing
My first major job was [the 2007 film] It’s A Free World… directed by Ken Loach. The opportunity came in via my agent, but I ended up auditioning for a period of three months in front of Loach and his team to get the part.
No script was given to us until the first day of shooting, and even then it wasn’t the full script, just a few pages each day. We also worked in sequence, which I realise now is a one-off way of working.
I remember having to learn to ride a motorbike; I’m not a fan of bikes and I was very nervous learning to do that. But I don’t remember so much regarding filming – I just trusted and took note of the director and told myself I wouldn’t be cast if I wasn’t right and couldn’t do it. I always have faith and listen to the director and do the best I can do regarding the nerves.
Looking back, I’m not sure if I would have done anything differently from an acting point of view. Some of my biggest lessons have been regarding other aspects of the business. I’ve certainly opened up to the press in the past and have learnt that you always need to be careful what you say, as it can be taken out of context. Now I try to be careful, but it doesn’t always work. Nevertheless, I am very grateful that from starting out doing walk-on roles and one-liners, I’ve had the opportunity to experience a variety of film, TV and soap roles.
In whatever parts I have played since my first experience of working with Ken Loach, I still draw on the lessons I learnt on that project. I learnt how to be as natural as possible, how to work on spontaneity and how to listen well.
My advice for anybody starting out? Don’t give up, as you never know what’s around the corner, and keep believing in yourself.
CV: Kierston Wareing
Training: Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, New York
Theatre includes: Miss Julie, Extremities
TV and film includes: Worst Week of My Life, Wire in the Blood, Trial and Retribution, The Shadow Line, Scott and Bailey, Luther, EastEnders, Hollyoaks, Hooten and the Lady, The Take, It’s a Free World, Fish Tank, One Hundred Streets
Agents: Cole Kitchenn Personal Management, Luber Roklin Entertainment
Kierston Wareing was talking to John Byrne