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In this Masterclass on her career as an actor Golda John relates her experience of working in university touring companies in Nigeria and abroad. She has worked on stage, in film, radio and television. She has appeared in many of the classics of African drama, including Death and the King’s Horseman and The Gods Are Not to Blame. For Golda John her advice to upcoming actors is ‘if the talent is there, why not flow with the talent’. But she cautions, ‘talent is not enough – commitment and training are also important’. Even with talent and good training you will not be successful in the field if you do not possess the commitment to persist.

Golda John gives us tips on auditions. ‘Make sure you eat something before you go for your audition!’ Most important, Golda John stresses the need for actors to enrich their craft. ‘It’s important to update yourself and to work, not sit and wait for work to come to you. It may be that you will need to collaborate with others to create something. Sometimes you will volunteer.’ This is crucial for your practice as an actor to be fit in mind and body for the next opportunity that comes along. Golda John is a warm, humble, and highly skilled actor. Listen to her discussion on learning lines and the importance of actors understanding the emotional journey of the character you are embodying.

Film 1: Introductions
Film 2: What inspired you to become an actor?
Film 3: What are the experiences that shaped your early career?
Film 4: What kind of mindset prepares one for a career in acting?
Film 5: What are the dos and don'ts of auditions?
Film 6: What is the most difficult thing in acting?
Film 7: How do you enrich your acting practice?
Film 8: What are the things an actor needs for a successful career?
Film 9: How do you prepare for a role?
Film 10: What are the ways to embody a character?
Film 11: How do you communicate naturalness on stage?
Film 12: Give us some tips on the use of space, non-verbal communication, and movement
Film 13: How do you develop strong working relationships with directors?
Film 14: Do actors have a responsibility to the audience?
Film 15: Tell us how you see costumes and props
Film 16: What makes African theatre unique?
Film 17: What are your views on performing in the round, as opposed to other forms of stage configuration?
Film 18: What acting techniques have served you most in your career?
Film 19: What is the difference between working on stage and working on screen?
Film 20: What is your process for breaking down scripts and learning lines?
Film 21: Tell us about the different UK production that you have worked on
Film 22: Parting Words