Alumni Stories – Jacob Head

Jacob Head attended Arts & Media School, Islington from 2004 – 2009

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Jake has just graduated with a First Degree in Drama from the University of East Anglia.

What qualifications did you achieve at Arts & Media School?

5 As, 4 Bs and a Distinction in BTEC Performing Arts

In what way did your time at Arts & Media School influence your education and career progression?

Had it not been for Arts & Media School, I am not sure i would have ever become involved in the performing arts whatsoever. I also gained confidence socially and academically.  I owe the school an awful lot.

What is your fondest memory of Arts & Media School?

(Poorly) acting out  a scene with my two closest friends  from the Lord of the Rings in an awful Irish accent; my first real experience of acting.

What is your favourite pastime?

Performing (showing off), whether it be theatrically or musically.

What is your proudest achievement?

Performing on the Olivier Stage at the National Theatre with Islington Community Theatre, a company I became involved in through Arts & Media School.

What advice on careers would you give to current Arts & Media School students?

Go with what excites you. Whether it’s a particular type of science, reading, acting or writing out complicated maths equations. Delve into your passion, don’t leave it in the classroom. More importantly, don’t be afraid to ask questions. The Arts & Media staff are there to help you and your interests flourish. Never feel that a question is stupid, there’s no such thing.

Is there anything else you would like to say about your time at Arts & Media School?

I would not be who I am now without the help of the staff at Arts & Media as well as my peers who I grew up with. I owe a lot to the school and the people who pushed me to think bigger.

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