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'I believe in myself so much more'

Nade made her professional stage debut during her year of mentoring.
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Mentee Nade with her mentor Aaron, 2020. Photo: Lilla Nyeki.

I applied to get a mentor from Arts Emergency because I didn’t have the networks to break into acting. I didn’t have anyone in my family who could give me advice and guide me into a path.

Aaron would set me monthly goals which I would reflect on every time we met. Loads changed for me over the year, beginning with my successful audition for a free place on The National Youth Theatre’s summer course. I made my professional stage debut in ‘Extremism’ at Theatre Peckham and I was invited to join a theatre company for a show at the Edinburgh Fringe. My work ethic has grown, I’ve become more motivated and my time management skills have improved.

Once you’re a member I would say, don’t be afraid to jump at opportunities that’s what they are there for so go for them!

I got to meet the fantastic marketing team at the Stage Media Company and the Artistic Director of Theatre Peckham. I also got advice from Aaron’s contacts for upcoming auditions.

My confidence has changed massively, I believe in myself so much more and I know my worth.