My two girls, aged 16 and 13, were pretty excited to have the opportunity to audition for the Premiere Program in Sydney, Australia, and even more excited to get through round one. For relatively inexperienced actors they were surprised that natural ability seemed to be more valuable than actual experience.
This was our first indication that Premiere really is a progressively thinking organisation, where what you CAN do is more important than what you’ve been taught. They were blown away to be selected to attend the event in Orlando, and the feedback that they received on their auditions in Sydney fuelled their passion to learn and grow even more.
Dru West has been their mentor and tutor through the months prior to the event. The girls feel that they have formed a real bond with him, which has been easy to do, as he is such a personable and patient coach. His vibe is always positive and encouraging and makes them feel proud of what they have achieved. The difference from their first training session with Dru, through to their last session prior to the event has been amazing. Who would have thought that these on-line coaching sessions could achieve so much in teaching the girls to tap into their own natural instincts?
The girls both said to me that they have gone from super-nervous to super-excited as they feel so well prepared for the auditions in July.
The other big bonus has been that they have got to meet a couple of celebrities through the process – Peyton List last year, and then Peyton Meyer this year. They had the chance to chat with Peyton Meyer and his lovely family when they were visitors as this year’s auditions and found him to be such a grounded, thoroughly lovely young man.
We are very grateful to the Premiere team for their amazing organisation, support and commitment to giving kids who would otherwise never been seen or heard, a chance of a lifetime to show what they have to offer.