1. What was your school like?
My school had a mixture of people from different cultures and sex’s. I went to the Eastbrook Comprehensive School in Dagenham.
I felt that during the time I was at my school bullying wasn’t taken seriously enough, and teachers didn’t make much of an effort to identify those that were in need of help and too scared to ask for it.
2. What is your favourite memory from school?
My favourite memories at school were after school when the drama club would take place once a week.
3. How did your school experience influence/help your career?
My school helped me discover my passion for Drama, but had no real influence on my career. I think School is about discovering what you like and what it is you want to pursue as a career, then once you leave school, that’s when the work really happens. Of course good GCSE’s are the first step toward success. Although it is very hard to move forward without them it is still possible so don’t be too disheartened if your results are not what you hoped for.
4. Were you bullied at school? If so how did you overcome this?
I was bullied at school. My reaction towards bullying was unfortunately a very negative one and one that I wouldn’t recommend to anyone, and certainly to my younger self if I had the chance to tell him. I responded with the “If you cant beat them join them” attitude, which resulted in my permanent dismissal from school. This left me in a much harder position to get anywhere near where I wanted to be in acting. Two wrongs certainly don’t make a right and I learnt this the hard way. If I could give the younger version of myself a talking to, knowing what I know now, I would say “You can beat them, so don’t join them! The best revenge is success and you’re well on your way kid, stay strong and surround yourself around the people that truly care about you and your accomplishments, because they are the people that will stick around through your struggles”
5. What was your favourite school subject?
Drama and P.E
6. What did you look forward to when you went back to school after the holidays? What advice would you give to young people who are going back to school after the holidays?
Look forward to going back to school and REALLY focusing on the subjects you enjoy, and discovering what it is YOU like to do. If you already know, then great! Learn more about what you love and become the best at it! AIM HIGH! And you’ll never be disappointed, but at the same time, never be satisfied, its important to be hungry for what you want... If you don’t know what you want to do yet, then this is the perfect time to experiment and research and find out, create something you can look forward to and everything will be easier because you have a set goal.
7. Was there anything you worried about when you went back to school after the holidays? How did you overcome this?
Yes I always worried about who I was going to be put in a class with, all it took was that one person to create a negative environment that became impossible to learn in.
8. What was your favourite school meal?
I hated school dinners, I hope they have improved.
9. If you had to do school again what would you change?
The school dinners.
10. What advice would you give to anyone who is worried about going back to school because of bullying issues?
Focus all of your energy around the subjects that you enjoy, and you’ll be way too occupied to care about anything else, deal with problems head on as apposed to preempting them, as you may well have been worrying about nothing, and worrying can be a real time waster and an unnecessary stress which would prevent you from your true purpose.
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