Sasha A.K. Ghoshal, from Canada, is studying MA Music Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London
Why did you decide to study in the UK and, in particular, at Central?
The London location, the institution's reputation as one of the world's foremost actor training centres, the distinguished alumni, and the intensive one-year duration of the programme, as this allows you to get into the industry quickly.
What is your educational background?
My formal education has been completely unrelated to the arts. I did a Bachelors degree in business administration at Schulich School of Business and then completed a Juris Doctor Programme at Osgoode Hall Law School. Both of these institutions are in Toronto, Canada.
I have been passionate about the arts since childhood and received scholarships to study Indian classical music in India. After six years of involvement with Indian theatre, television and film, I decided that I wanted to expand my opportunities to engage with audiences worldwide and made the decision to get formal training in acting, singing and movement.
What has been the best part of the course?
There is a real sense of family among us all. The course has increased my stamina and physical wellbeing, and has opened my mind to being directed as a performer in different ways. It has given me the opportunity to train under top-notch tutors and provided external links by which I have been able to get agent representation.
What skills and qualities are required?
It helps to have solid skills in singing, acting and movement, but in many cases this course brings out these qualities in an organic way. More than any technical skill, the most helpful qualities to have at Central are openness, a sense of enquiry, a sense of fun, mental and physical energy, and an ensemble spirit.
How do you see your career developing?
The course has provided me with the mental conditioning to live the life of an actor. Having signed with an agent, I look forward to auditioning opportunities and networking. I am open to any possibility that comes my way.
Has studying in the UK at Central lived up to your expectations?
Absolutely. I came here for a formal education in acting and music, and to be presented with opportunities to expand my audience, contacts, mind and abilities. All of this has happened during my year at Central.
Would you recommend your course to others?
I would recommend it to any aspiring actor or singer who is enquiring, energetic and loves to work with other people.
What advice would you offer students thinking of applying to Central?
Get your finances in order, open yourself up to accepting every offer made by way of scene, song, movement or discussion, enjoy having your mind and body pushed to the limits, be prepared for self-guidance, and do everything with love.