SAM HEUGHAN has recalled his days studying at Glasgow’s ‘Royal Conservatoire’ performing arts academy, describing it as a “terrific experience”.
The Outlander star, a BA Acting graduate from the Glasgow institution, has been recruited alongside former alumni as part of a drive to attract the nation’s next generation of performing artists.
In a 4 minute interview shared by the Royal Conservatoire via Youtube, the actor recalls his formative years and reveals the invaluable lessons learned and friendships forged while studying for his diploma.
The Royal Conservatoire’s campaign arrives hot on the heels of the announcement that the institution is now regarded as the world’s third best college for performing arts.
Past alumni of the Scottish academy include household names such as James McAvoy, David Tennant, Katie Leung and Alan Cumming.
And Sam Heughan has no doubts that the time he spent at the institution has led him to where he is today. The actor said: “I had a terrific experience at the Royal Conservatoire, being here on the stage is where it all began for me. My training gave me opportunities to work in Scotland, the UK and now in America where I spend a lot of time.
“The Royal Conservatoire knows and understands this industry, the teaching staff have great relationships and partnerships with national theatre companies, directors, agents and casting agents.”
However, it wasn’t all plain sailing for the 36-year-old; Sam’s first audition didn’t quite go to plan: “I auditioned for the Royal Conservatoire twice. My first audition was very bad – I had no idea what I was doing but it instilled in me that I had to come back the next year and try again.
“If you don’t get in on your first attempt, it’s a test of character. In this industry you need to learn to take on board productive criticism.
“I needed to work harder and come back better – so when I auditioned the second time, I was determined I was going to get in. The audition process is not as scary as you might think. It was a really rewarding experience and then when I was offered a place, it was sheer elation.
“Thanks to drama school I made a core group of friends so that no matter where I am in the world, there is always a contingent of Scottish actors and familiar faces.”
Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, said: “Scotland’s national conservatoire is one of the world’s top 10 performing arts institutions, ranked alongside great international establishments such as New York’s Juilliard and the Vienna Conservatoire.
“Students come from across the globe to access the high quality education on offer right here in Glasgow.
“We offer students a distinctive learning experience along with a strong belief in the transformative power of the performing arts, which allows us to be one of the most inclusive, diverse and collaborative institutions within Scotland as well as internationally.
“We welcome students from across Scotland, the UK, Europe and beyond to begin their learning journeys with us in September 2018.”
Sam made an appearance yesterday at the Piaget And The Weinstein Company Host A Cocktail Party. He looked so handsome and more importantly happy! I will not post on Sam’s personal life (mainly who he is dating) and I think we should all respect his privacy. He looks genuinely happy and that makes me happy.
Last night was the 2017 People’s Choice Awards and Outlander, Sam, and Caitriona were all nominated respectively.. and won! Sadly, the duo were not in attendance but did share a lovely video message on social media regarding their wins. Check it out below:
— Outlander (@Outlander_STARZ) January 19, 2017
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I’m happy to share these with you all! Thanks to my awesome friend Mary I have added a few high quality photos of Sam and Caitriona filming together for season 3 of Outlander! You can see photos that just feature Caitriona on my other fansite Caitriona Balfe Fan. ENJOY!
This was announced earlier today from the official twitter of Emerald City Comic Con:
It’s… @caitrionambalfe and @SamHeughan from @Outlander_STARZ!! Appearing Friday and Saturday at #ECCC!
Sam and Cait will be making an appearance on March 3rd & March 4th. Tickets for March 4th are sold out but there are tickets still available for March 3rd last time I looked. The duo will most likely be doing a duo as well as autograph signings and photo ops. There is a Outlander VIP package available for $495 + daily ticket cost, that includes both autographs, a photo op with both together, AND admission to the VIP special meet and greet on Friday, March 3rd.
If you can afford it, it sounds AMAZING. If you attend please share your photos with us!