This week we caught up with our amazing graduate Carina Gillespie. Carina is 33 and graduated LTS 11 years ago in 2006. Since graduating she has worked professionally in the industry for 10 years. She started working as a recording artist after graduation, releasing a song that went to number 2 in the dance charts. She then toured with “Bass Hunter” and started writing her own music. One of her highlights of this period was being lucky enough to go to LA to gig with a rock band. After her return to England she the desire to perform returned and she decided to audition for musicals. Her first role was “Maria Elena” in the Buddy Holly Story which she played for a year, touring the uk. She then turned her hand to short films, workshops and a few ‘Pantos’. She performed at the Edinburgh festival with a new musical called “Bloodbath” playing the part of Linda. alongside some of the West End’s best leading actresses. She then went on to play “Sandy” in Grease both on the West End and in the UK tour. Soon after she got the role of “Nessa Rose” on the original UK tour of “Wicked”. Currently she is working on the West End production of Wicked as the stand-by for “Glinda”.
It is safe to say that Carina has been up to a lot, especially when you find that she managed to squeeze getting married into all that. We wanted to find out a few things about how Carina found her time with us at LTS, so firstly we asked her, what did you enjoy most about your time at LTS?
“I loved my time at LTS and especially enjoyed working with the guest teachers that came in weekly from different shows. It was such a wide variety of productions so I felt like I knew what to expect from the audition processes for a wide range of shows. That gave me a lot of confidence.”
With our auditions just around the corner, we asked Carina, why she thinks, prospective students should consider training at LTS?
Students should definitely consider training at LTS as it breeds performers with personality, LTS embraces each quirk and nurtures it. They understands that not everyone has to be the same to work in this business.
Thank you for the kind words Carina, we certainly have had a few characters over the years. Finally, we wanted to know, what is your favourite memory of LTS?
My favourite memory of LTS is going to London for our showcase. It was so exciting to have all the agents in the audience and have the chance to perform on a west end stage. What made it even better was having a group of friends who you know so well by the end of the 3 years, share the experience with you.
We’re so glad you enjoyed your time at LTS and we’re so happy to see how well you’ve been doing. Keep working hard and come back and see us soon.
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