“It’s really not for the weak hearted.” Actor Alex Kiffin in replying to 6 questions posed to him about his reasons to act and his advice to future generations.

February 5, 20150

1) When did you first know you wanted to be an actor?

Well I’ve always had an interest for acting, but I never really started getting into it until my mid
twenties. I started off doing act up courses with Gemma Lloyd, and she recommended I go
drama school. The reason why I was so determined to become an actor, was the fact I used to
do extra work on Eastenders and I saw all the characters performing there scenes. I was like
“I can do that”. So I said forget this behind the scenes stuff I want to be apart of a cast.

2) What did you first do about it.

Just for the record I didn’t know you could train to be an actor so I just learnt as I went along.
The first thing I did was research the best drama schools and see which one would cater for
Me. I applied to audition, which I did but I was unsuccessful in the first year. I remember
RADA telling me that I should go do a performing arts course and get some life experience.
So I applied to Lambeth College to do a performing arts course. I got in and then the tutor for
The course rang me over the summer before I started term. He informed me if I was interested in doing a summer course to enable more ethnic minorities to get into drama schools. I did the course at a drama school for a week. It was a good experience.  The following year I applied to the same drama school I did the summer school with and got in. I also manage to get into another drama which was brilliant because the decision was all down to me.

3) When did you first call yourself a professional actor?

I would say when I landed a role in a commercial. It was one of the best feelings to have especially when you just graduated from drama school.

4)- Has it met your expectations being an actor? 

Yes, because there’s no better feeling then getting a role in something and performing it for people, knowing that your performance can help some look at at situation which they might be going through differently. To me that means I’ve done my job.

No, because there’s this weird barrier which I feel is wrong and needs to change in terms of having more diversity in the UK. When I was training I didn’t realise it was this bad. I thought I will graduate and everything would be on a level playing field.

5) – What advice would you give the generations below that want to become actors?

My advice to the next generation is really think about the profession. If you feel your going to make millions over night. Your going to have a big shock. It takes determination, passion, commitment, time, and able to take reject and not take things personal. It’s really not for the weak hearted.

6) – What are your hopes for the future of the acting profession?

My hopes for the future is to make a name for myself in the UK. Then use that to be able to go America to do movies, tv series etc. I want to be able to work in the UK and US going back and forth.

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