We’re going to be checking in with some of our previous MonologueSlam UK performers to find out how taking part in MonologueSlam has helped their career – first up it’s Ambreen Razia, who performed at the February 2014 Slam in London.
What made you decide to audition for MonologueSlam UK?
I knew a few people who had already done it, they said it was such a fantastic experience which made me want to give it a shot. They also said the exposure you get as an actor is like no other.
How was the audition process?
Very relaxed! A friendly environment, I have auditioned a few times and never once has it felt competitive, everyone is very supportive of each other.
What was the MonologueSlam UK experience like?
It was so much more than what I had hoped or expected, The night went by like a shot, It was an experience I will never forget and the atmosphere was electric.
What has happened in your career as a result of the Slam?
After the slam I had meetings with various different agents along with some of the casting directors who were there that evening. I have now been signed to Simon & How Associates and just recently had an audition at The National Theatre and for the US TV series Homeland!
You decided to order an edited Showreel of your performance – have you used this and how has it helped your career?
I would say if your going to take part in the slams take full advantage of all of the after care your given by Tri Force. Make sure you take away any pictures or footage of your piece, its a great way to remind agents and casting directors of your performance rather than just a head shot or an email.
If you compare where you were before taking part and where you are now, how big an impact has MonologueSlam UK has on your career?
Before MonologueSlam it was very difficult to find work or get in contact with my chosen agencies or even casting directors, especially as a new graduate. MonologueSlam gave me the exposure I needed to take that further step into the industry. Some people have said that University or Drama school is considered a “must” then so is MonologueSlam if not it’s more of a must. If it wasn’t for MonologueSlam and the support of the TriForce Team I can honestly say I wouldn’t be where I am today.
You can check out Ambreen’s performance, see her interview with London Live to discuss Diary of a Hounslow Girl, her debut play which she performed as her monologue. Ambreen is currently touring the UK with Diary of a Hounslow Girl.
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