Some people think I’m a dreadful actor. And they are right. Mercifully, some people think I’m rather good, and, of course, they are right too. The point here is that acting is never something that can be measured quantitatively; it’s always going to be something that’s subjective. We can sit side by side together in the theatre on the same night, watching the same actor in the same play, and we can have widely differing opinions. And that’s great.
But how does that work at the end of three years training and an investment of around £27,000 when you step out into the world? Your drama school doesn’t grade you. It can’t. Even those drama training establishments which are now part of larger educational bodies and offer degree status, mainly award the level of degree on the written work involved in the course, rather than the level of talent. That’s why drama schools offer up their final year students in showcases, knowing that some of these people are probably never going to work.
And the reason? It won’t be anything to do with acting ability. It’ll be a mixture of luck, opportunity, and hard work. Hard work at being a working actor. And when I say a working actor, I don’t mean an actor who acts a lot. I mean an actor who manages their business, and works at it day in and day out, whether acting or not.