A former Pittenweem man has landed a place at a top acting course, beating off competition from thousands of other budding actors.
Will Holliday (22), is over the moon at getting the opportunity and hopes other local youngsters with similar aspirations can be inspired not to give up their dreams.
Since being cast as the male lead in a school production of Guys & Dolls at the Byre Theatre, Will’s acting career has continued to flourish, despite having no formal training.
After leaving St Leonards School he gained an MA in geography at Aberdeen University but combined his studies with acting, from roles at the Edinburgh Fringe, in radio plays, presenter work, advertising and film.
He has also performed newly-written pieces of work and performed as a zombie in Tiger Aspect’s ‘How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse’ set for BBC Three.
Now Will, who still has many family members in the area, has gained a highly sought after place on the National Youth Film Academy’s Easter course, which is supported by the Directors’ Guild Trust and the Directors’ Guild of Great Britain and was created to nurture the talents of up and coming filmmakers and actors aged 16-25.
Students work in teams to produce short films, with mentoring from industry professionals, and the works are showcased at the end of the programme, with a lucky few then invited to join the National Youth Film Academy.