A star pupil
PUBLISHED: 11:12 08 November 2007 | UPDATED: 14:56 20 February 2013
From playing the Little Princess at school to winning a drama award, Stephanie Hume has known the career she wanted from an early age - and is determined to get there
STEPHANIE is very business-like in her approach to achieving her dream. The winner of the Persona Drama Idol award in Brighton puts her success down to persistence and dedication: "I think I won because I have been working hard towards this goal for a long time," she says. "I wanted it really badly and I think that showed."
Her stage career began at school when she played the Little Princess and knew then that to act was her great ambition. "Acting is something that I love," says Stephanie. "It gives me a real thrill. I don't even mind the nerves. It's part of the whole package. I couldn't give a proper performance without them."
Stephanie, who is 20, discovered that she had won the Persona award, which gives her a place on their ten-week acting course, shortly after being rejected from drama school. It gave her, she says, the confidence boost she needed.
Notoriously difficult to get into, drama schools typically take about 30 students a year so the competition is extremely tough. Stephanie applied for the first time when she was 17 and for the next two years after that. "The more I apply the more I realise how low the odds are to actually get in!" says Stephanie. "But it's not something I want to give up on."
Between auditions, Stephanie took a year out to work, join the Ditchling Players amateur dramatics company, attend a two-week acting course at the Academy of Creative Training, Brighton, and study for a professional diploma at Chichester College.
Recently Stephanie played Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream as part of her course at Chichester and appeared in A Murder is Announced with the Ditchling Players. "I loved A Midsummer Night's Dream because I played my favourite part," says Stephanie. "Plus I got to have an on-stage fight with the girl who played Hermia! We had a very good working relationship so it was great fun."
To follow Stephanie's progress see www.persona-acting.co.uk
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