Beatrice John left St Joseph’s in 2017 after serving in the Head Student’s Team in her final year. She has maintained a close connection to the school, returning each summer to work in the Holiday Club while studying Acting and Performance at Southampton Solent University. Beatrice has been awarded a place on the MA Performance Acting course at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts for September 2020 and we caught up with her to talk about her time at the College and her new adventure at Mountview.
Beatrice’s interest in drama and acting developed throughout her time at St Joseph’s, during which she could always be spotted in the annual school musical. Particular highlights were her portrayal of Nancy in Oliver whilst in Year 12 and Adelaide in Guys and Dolls in her final year at St Joseph’s. Her passion for acting developed further whilst studying Drama and Theatre at A Level, during which Beatrice was introduced to a wide variety of stage shows and given the opportunity to speak to actors to understand what a career in acting could look like. She praises the College for “creating an environment in which individuality is celebrated and where pupils are encouraged by their teachers to get involved in all aspects of school life”.
University encouraged Beatrice out of her comfort zone and as a result she felt her independence grow throughout her three years in Southampton. Meeting lots of like-minded people, coupled with the opportunity to spend three years doing something she loved, made Beatrice’s university experience an unforgettable one. She was encouraged to not worry about what others think and grew in confidence, helping her to land the main role in the university performance in her second year, playing Dr Rock in Doctor and the Devils.
Beatrice is incredibly excited to start her masters at Mountview and to be taught by industry professionals in London. She is most looking forward to learning in an environment in which everyone is engaged and working towards the same goal of becoming an actor. This is a fantastic stepping stone into a career in acting and we can’t wait to hear more about what Beatrice gets up to.
When asked about the future, Beatrice admitted that she had set out a plan for the future during her final year at university. Having already successfully ticked off her 1-year goal to gain a place on a master’s course, Beatrice hopes to have an agent within the next two years and within 5 years have 50-75% of her income to come from acting jobs. Her long term goal is to perform at the national theatre within the next ten years.
For those looking to follow a similar career path, Beatrice had the following advice; “Work hard and don’t let other people steer you away from whatever it is that you want to do. Try and have a plan so that you have clear goals to work towards. Something that has also helped me is to keep hold of your contacts, you never know when they might come in handy.”