My First Audition: Amy Rockson – ‘I treated it as an apprenticeship’
My first audition was for Federico Garcia Lorca’s Dona Rosita, the Spinster at Pentameters Theatre in London. I was up for the part of Second Ayola and was very nervous, but also excited: if I got this part, it would be my formal entry into the profession.
Auditions are daunting, but if you arrive prepared, you recognise them as an opportunity. I took that attitude into my first audition and it paid off: I got the role and had a blast. It was the first of several fringe shows on which I cut my acting teeth. Paid acting work was hard to come by and I needed experience. Having been through drama school, I wanted to keep learning, improving and working. I viewed it as an apprenticeship for the career I’d wanted to pursue since childhood.
Finding work can still be a challenge, but these days the internet makes the process more efficient. Casting resources such as Spotlight and IMDbPro are excellent, but there is no substitute for research.
One thing that definitely hasn’t changed is that I can’t talk here without mentioning the D-word: diversity. This profession is prone to putting people in boxes, and if you don’t conform to a stereotype, it can be tricky. I have the ebony complexion of my African heritage, but my natural accent is RP. I’m immensely proud of both facets, but they don’t define my skill set or my ability to take on different characters and their voices. Others may try to put me in a box, but I don’t let them dictate my identity and self-worth. Nor should you.
My key messages for achieving that would be “don’t get bitter, get better”, “stay positive but don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone” and, most importantly of all, “to thine own self be true”.
CV: Amy Rockson
Training: Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts
Theatre includes: Doctor Faustus, Don Quixote, The Comedy of Errors (Royal Shakespeare Company), Blithe Spirit (York Theatre Royal), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory), The School for Scandal (Greenwich Theatre), Funny Girl (Chichester Festival Theatre)
TV and film includes: Green, Holby City, Dear Jesus, Doctors, London Voodoo
Agent: The Narrow Road Company
Amy Rockson was talking to John Byrne