Be ready to give it your all!
Catching up with our diverse community is important to us! This week we checked in with Core student Lisa-Marie Spiegel.
How did you get into Acting?
As a little girl I always dreamed of becoming an actress. The older I got, the more I felt the pressure of society and having a “normal”, corporate job. I earned a business degree and worked in financial services and fashion for a while. When I moved to London, I decided to finally give acting a shot and immediately feel in love with it!
What led you to train at The Actors Temple?
I was looking for a structured training that would teach me proper technique. The Actors Temple provided such structured approach and also offered lots of complimentary classes which was a convincing combination.
What is the biggest thing you have taken away from the training so far?
It was such a surprise to see what things trigger me and how hard it was for me to let go and simply be. We are all conditioned by society and insecurities come in so many different forms! I have learnt to be myself more and to trust my instincts – they are usually right.
What has been the most challenging part of the training so far?
I have used the better part of term two of my core training to address my fears and insecurities. My independent activities were usually based on aspects that terrify me and put me out of my comfort zone – super challenging but unbelievably liberating!
If you could play any character- who would it be and why?
This is a bit of an odd one, but I would love to play Bridget Jones. I think that comedy is one of the hardest genres and creating a character with depth that also has a natural comedic side sounds like a fun challenge.
If you weren’t an actor, what alternate career would you have?
After my first acting class I knew there was nothing else I wanted to be doing. However, if I had to choose, I would probably be focusing on my management career for now, but would start my own business venture eventually as I have always been quite the entrepreneurial type.
What motivates you, when things get tough?
When things get tough, I remind myself of where I want to be in five years and why I had started in the first place. I also believe in a good support system and I am very lucky that my family is only one phone call away whenever I need to talk about my struggles.
If you could write a letter to your younger self, what would you say?
I would tell my younger self to relax more and simply be myself. Life is a journey and you should enjoy the ride. Trust yourself more, you already know the answer.
How would you describe your tutor?
Tansy is amazing. She is very demanding in class but at the same time incredibly patient and understanding. She has an amazing instinct – she regularly scares me with the accuracy of her feedback and observations.
What advice would you give to someone thinking about training with The Actors’ Temple?
Just do it! The Actors’ Temple does not only provide superb training, but it also comes with an amazing community. I have made such great friends in a very short amount of time, all while honing my skills in all the different classes offered, from acting to signing to accent work. Also, be ready to give it your all. If you are willing to fully commit to the training, it will become a life-changing experience.