These are the wise words of former Richmond upon Thames College performing arts student Gamba Cole who came back to his old stomping ground to lead a workshop for our current acting students. At the end of the activities, the students sat in a circle with Gamba and another former student, Mark Perrett. This created a great opportunity for students to ask burning questions about how to get into the industry and what it is like on the inside. They were all wide-eyed and inspired by the wisdom and experience of Gamba and Mark.
In 2012 Gamba came across a Twitter post that called for extras for the movie Gone Too Far. At the audition, the director liked him and offered him a minor role. He was signed in 2013 with Identity Agency Group and acted in Theatre Royal Stratford East's play Kingston 14 about a British police officer who is sent to Kingston, Jamaica, to investigate the murder of a UK tourist. He played the role of Adrian, a young and 'ambitious' gangster. He worked with an experienced cast including director Clint Dyer and writer Roy Williams. Soon after this ended he was cast as the lead actor in the play Antigone by Pilot Theatre, touring the UK for six months and performing the play 86 times.
Mark is currently developing his talents at Fourth Monkey drama school in Islington after diverse acting experience with companies in London and Italy. Both he and Gamba are taking different routes in pursuit of acting excellence but in the wise words of Gamba:
"There's not just one way to get to where you want to go."
Gamba and Mark's visit to RuTC provided the students with a valuable insight into the world of acting and they were able to envision their future and prepare themselves for what lies ahead.
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