Name: Amy Frisby
Location: United Kingdom
Trinity qualification: Grade 4 Speech and Drama
Amy started her acting journey at just four years old, and in the subsequent years has gained Trinity College London Speech and Drama qualifications, received recognition in the TrinityTalent Class of 2021 and, perhaps most importantly, discovered who she is and how to embrace that. As a young person with autism, Amy particularly values the support that Trinity College London provided, ensuring her access needs were met.
‘The reason I wanted to do Trinity qualifications was to boost my confidence. I was very shy and it was something that really helped me on-stage and off-stage. It’s allowed me to be more authentic and more myself in everyday life. It has made me feel so much better about myself.
‘I made new friends and I learned so many things about theatre that I will take on for the rest of my life. I’ve met people who have completely changed how I view things.’
Her Trinity Speech and Drama exam allowed Amy to explore the world of drama, and influenced her future career plans. She found an appreciation for improvisation, taking inspiration from American sitcoms and comedians. It even helped her secure her first job as a trainee play worker, where she looks after children with Autism.
Amy has completed both in-person and online drama exams, and although she loved the in-person exams because she got to meet the examiner and have an audience, her preference was for the online submissions. Amy explains: ‘The online ones were what I preferred because I could do it in my own time.’
Looking forward, Amy is completing her GCSE’s, which include Drama. She is also signing up to writing workshops, as she one day hopes to get into writing, directing or producing her own shows.
Amy also credits her drama teacher, Michelle Montague (Mich) for helping her so much creatively.
‘[The qualification] developed me as an actor as I had feedback from my teacher and my peers and I would take that on, and I’d be provided personal feedback that was right for me.’
Above all, Mich gave her the maxim that now guides Amy’s life, and is the advice she’d give to anyone looking to do a Trinity qualification: ‘Dare to be.’