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Aml Ameen’s acting master class

BRITISH ACTOR Aml Ameen hopes to pass some words of wisdom to the UK’s next generation of stars with an intensive acting course.

Intended for actors who want to get more from their natural ability, the five day, intense Actors Development Course will give budding actors the opportunity to hear all about the Kidulthood star’s personal acting techniques in the realms of film and theatre.

Ameen, 28, who has seen success in both the UK and in the US, will also advise students on how to build a career as an actor and stay ahead of the game.

The actor, who recently starred in The Butler with Forest Whitaker, set up the A.S.A (Actors Student Alliance) drama school in 2008, but then had to “let it go” when he left the UK in seek of the ‘American Dream’.

Ameen says: “I always wanted to set up a drama school, and it was a shame I couldn’t continue with A.S.A after I left. I feel like it’s very important to keep a connection with my home, and my home is always going to be London.”


GROWN: Ameen shot to fame following his 2006 starring role in Kidulthood

So would the actor advise any of his master class students to make the move to the States?

“That kind of decision is based on the individual.”

“I didn’t leave England because I wasn’t successful. I was offered a lot of work there, but it was always in my dreams to have a Hollywood career as well.”

He continues: “A lot of people go to the States and don’t see the success they expected.”

The course, which is hosted by Get Familyar, is something the actor says he wishes was available when he was still trying to make a name for himself.

“If there was this opportunity out there when I was younger, I would be running there,” he jokes.


HOLLYWOOD: Ameen starred in hit movie The Butler alongside Forest Whitaker and Oprah last year

The actor adds: “I hope they can see that my success is not by a stroke of luck - it’s my work ethic.”

The course, which also awards students with an ADE certificate at the end of the five days, will cover screen and theatre acting, auditioning skills and the science of script writing. However, Ameen’s main focus will be exploring the importance of bringing a character to life.

He says: “What I want to get across, is that they shouldn’t think of it as ‘acting’. Because then, you already have it in your mind that it’s not real. It needs to be true to you.”

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