Natasha has turned her performing arts degree into a performing career.
BA (Hons) Performance for Live and Recorded Media
'When I asked my tutors for advice and sought their guidance they were always willing to help.'
I always wanted to do a performance degree. I first heard of Teesside at a UCAS fair, and then researched online. I also rang up to speak to one of the tutors, and spoke to Ronan Paterson, who would then become a huge part of my University life, and a man I have a lot of respect for. I came over from Northern Ireland for an audition and, while I was here, I fell in love with the campus, what the course could offer, and the friendliness of the staff and my potential fellow students.
It was mostly practical, so it was a great way of giving us a head start in the industry. My tutors have all worked in the industry in some way, so their advice and guidance was really important to us, and I made sure I took it all in. They would hold audition workshops and treat it like a proper audition to give us a feeling of how it would be – something I would later be thankful for. For my final project my group took a production on tour around schools which helped me with Theatre in Education auditions as I can always talk about this experience, a quality the companies are impressed with.
The mentoring from my tutors was what helped me the most. When I asked their advice and sought their guidance they were always willing to help. In my final year I joined a local operatic society as I felt I could take my experience from University into an amateur dramatic production and essentially have more free training. My tutors fully supported my decision and even came and watched the show, which was great.
I am a freelance performer, singing and entertaining around the North East. I continue to audition for anything that comes my way. I also teach one day a week at a drama club, Razzamataz, run by another Teesside graduate, Alison Beveridge. I have been quite fortunate to have kept constantly performing. I don’t have one set focus on what I’d like to do, so I take anything that comes my way - singing gigs, auditions for TV shows, extras on set, even presenting.
I have been involved in A Night at the Musicals type of show and played the leading lady in Cinderella at the Customs House Theatre. I have appeared back home in Ireland in a few singing concerts alongside various artists within the Irish music scene.