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Jess is best known for her roles as Nymeria Sand in Game of Thrones, Jessika Pava in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Colleen Wing in Iron Fist, The Defenders and Luke Cage. Jess was the first actress of East Asian descent to play the lead role in a British television series. Andy taught Jess at Redroofs in the lead up to her TV debut in Spirit Warriors.
“My memories of working with Andy during acting classes are fond ones. Andy was extremely patient, and helped describe acting methods in ways other tutors could not in order for me to really apply myself to characters and roles with ease. I remember a rainy day class as we all sat around listening with eager ears and eyes; that day Andy told us “We all have a big break, whether that’s tomorrow or the future, but we all have one… And if it hasn’t happened yet, don’t get upset, because it just hasn’t been your time yet but it will be.“
After 9 years I still remember those words. From my memory they may not be in the original order or the exact phrase used, but the message was clear and it has stuck with me throughout my life.
I learnt a lot from Andy’s classes, and I like to think they brought me out of my shell and not only taught me a lot about acting, but also myself.
I now travel the world performing as a figure skater, and write reviews on local cuisines and food I happen to come across in new cities and countries.
Every day I use my acting skills and apply them to my job as a performer, and every day I love what I do whether that’s performing or writing.
Thank you Andy for always teaching fantastic classes, and I look forward to working with you again in the future.”
“Andy was without a doubt the reason that I have the attitude to the performance that I have today.
At Redroofs, Andy was writer on the script for my final year film and he and the director Rupert trusted me enough to take on the lead and for that, I will forever be grateful. That short film was a roller coaster of independent film production that ultimately gave me the outlook and work ethic that has defined my working career.
Andy is an acting teacher that has the benefit of not being someone who picked it all up in the back of a book, but of a working actor who has been there, got the t-shirt, washed it and put it back on again for the next day. Being an actor is an incredibly rewarding experience and one of the toughest things you will ever do – which was one of the first pieces of advice he ever gave me!
The skills that Andy teaches and that he has passed on to me have stayed with me since the very first class. Acting is a self-less art form and Andy teaches you to not just focus on yourself but to focus on every single person who is part of the production and how you affect them with every decision you make, both as your character and professionally.
Andy’s teaching method is honestly the purest form of teaching because it comes from knowing how to perform on-camera, in rehearsal, on stage, into a mic and right down the barrel of the lens and you’ll have the best time learning and practicing your craft. “
For more information on Acting Coaching, Audition Coaching and Preparation or Private Acting Classes, please do get in touch with Andy here.