After completing an HND in Acting and Performance at North East Scotland College in the summer, Kirsty Florence (20) has moved from Ballater to Glasgow to pursue her dream of forging a career in acting.
While growing up in rural Deeside, Kirsty found that tapping into her creative flair was a great way to keep herself busy.
She said: “I dabbled in dance, photography, singing and acting while I was at school. In the latter stages of my time at Aboyne Academy, I realised that I was spending all of my time in the drama department and so decided, when I left school, to further my studies at North East Scotland College with NC Acting and Theatre Performance.”
During the course, Kirsty discovered that the performing industry had so much more to it than she had realised.
“There was so much theory to learn about and we looked at the work of a wide variety of playwrights and practitioners. It was also really interesting to learn how theatre works behind the scenes etc.” This inspired her to stay on at NESCol for two more years to study HND Acting and Performance.
As part of the HND course, Kirsty had the opportunity to perform in several plays.
“During the first year of the course, I was ‘Squealer’ in Animal Farm, then the following year I got to play ‘Tiny Tim’ in A Christmas Carol. For our final show, we performed The Gut Girls at the Lemon Tree and it was such a great experience; I felt like the class had really bonded as a team and everything came together really well,” she said.
Kirsty has now re-located to Glasgow and is working front-of-house at The Theatre Royal and King’s Theatre in the City while she finds her feet.
She added: “NESCol has been an invaluable stepping stone into the industry and one that I would highly recommend.
“I’m now going to do as much networking as I can and hopefully some great opportunities will come along for me soon!”