Brett King, a former Performing Arts learner at the Grimsby Institute, is heading off for a career in Hollywood, with support from the Grimsby Institute, local businesses and individuals.
23-year-old Brett trained for a BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts at the Grimsby Institute before completing training at Huddersfield University for a Degree in Acting. Now Brett has been chosen from thousands of hopefuls for one of only 16 places on the Masters Degree in Acting for TV & Film at the New York Film Academy where he will be training in Los Angeles, California.
Brett was offered the place last year but, due to lack of funds, took the decision to defer for a year while he raised the £45,000 needed to spend a year in the USA.
Brett, who cites Tom Hanks as his acting inspiration, said: “During the first week I’ll be appearing on NCIS Los Angeles and then after that I’ll be taught by people like Ben Stiller and Steven Spielberg, Jackie Chan does fight choreography, and I’ll be flitting between Universal Studios and Warner Brothers Studios to study and it’s all done through film and television.
“It feels phenomenal to be going. I’ve dreamt about this since I was younger and I don’t think the reality will hit me until I’m on that plane. It’s a fantastic feeling to know that, no matter what your background, as long as you work hard and believe in yourself other people will believe in you.
“Everyone has supported me and it’s been fantastic and I think that’s going to push me even further. When I get to America I will work my hardest and do everything I can to make sure I don’t let these people down that have supported me.”
Brett was originally planning a career as a Surgeon before a tutor at the Grimsby Institute spotted his talent and persuaded him to enrol for the BTEC National Diploma. Now he hopes to be starring in inspirational, true-life films like Brave Heart, Top Gun and Pearl Harbour and will be flying out to the USA in early 2015.
Brett continued: “The training at Grimsby Institute was exceptional. We had a small group that meant we could work intimately. The tutor took time to guide us and I feel we just had the best training possible.
“If I ever get the chance to meet Tom Hanks I’d ask him how he does it, how he manages to stay the same but be different in every role he plays.
“If someone dreamed of becoming an Actor I’d tell them they have to be disciplined and determined. It’s one of the hardest industries to get into and stick to education. Education can open so many doors and the more you learn the better you are equipped to deal with situations.”