Andie MacDowell: Self-Confidence Is The Greatest Gift

Teaching your children self-belief and self-confidence is the greatest gift you can give them, according to Hollywood A-lister Andie MacDowell.

In a Daily Mail piece, the actress said that when she was 20 she struggled to find work as a model and her self-belief took a hit, with her acting dreams seeming a very long way off at that time. Her confidence hit an all-time low after she landed an acting job but someone else's voice was dubbed over hers in post-production.

"Faced with rejection, you have two options: believe you're no good and give up or prove yourself. I chose the latter ... It's easy for young women to feel disempowered and worry they aren't good enough. I never wanted my girls, or my son, to ever feel like that," she wrote.

If you're concerned that your children are lacking in self-confidence or self-belief, why not sign them up for a few acting lessons at a drama school in London. After only a few classes, your youngsters will really come out of their shells and any nerves will have completely disappeared. There's nothing quite like getting up on stage and acting the part of someone else to really give you a boost in confidence, after all.

To find out more about how children could benefit from taking acting lessons, get in touch with us at City Acting. We'll be able to advise you on the best classes for your child to take and have a range of different workshops that are sure to suit.

Have You Heard Of The Buskers Opera?

For ideas to take to your own intermediate acting classes in London, there's really nothing better than a trip to the theatre. And if musical theatre is a particular interest of yours, then you really do need to make time to see The Buskers Opera later on this year.

By Dougal Irvine and inspired by The Beggar's Opera by John Gay, the musical tells the tale of a group of street performers known as the 99percenters who have come together to protest against overpriced corporate games. Apparently, viewers should expect "a reckless abandon of political correctness and some top class tunes to redefine a golden age".

Previews for the show are on April 28th, with press night on May 5th. It'll be running until June 4th at the Park Theatre in London, so you'll have plenty of time to go and see it if your curiosity has been piqued.

According to Official London Theatre, the designer was recruited through a competition with the University of the Arts, which is certainly one way to hire theatre workers! And homeless theatre company Cardboard Citizens was also involved to help with the production of the show. We're certainly looking forward to seeing it here at City Acting!

If you do go and you're inspired to start acting yourself, get in touch with us to see how we can help make your dreams a reality. Taking to the stage can give you a real confidence boost and help you improve your communication skills, so if you're looking to make a real change this year, this could be a great idea.