The owner of one of Cheshire’s top performing arts’ academies is now utilising her own experience and skills to help those of her students who want to launch professional careers in films; on stage and on TV, writes Matthew Robinson.
A little more than four and a half years ago, professional actor and dancer, Victoria Gough (then Victoria Thomas), was preparing to launch her own performing arts academy in her home town of Knutsford.
Rokit Performing Arts very quickly became known as ‘the funkiest performing arts school in Cheshire’.
The quality of the teaching offered was quickly recognised when, after just two terms, Spotlight Casting Directory confirmed that it would accept students from the school for inclusion in its world-wide directory of performing artists.
Rokit’s reputation spread rapidly “Such has been the demand over the last two years, we have opened Rokit Performing Arts academies in Wilmslow and Hale” Victoria explained. “We now have more than 170 students attending our academies every week during term time.”
But not all Victoria’s students have ‘stars in their eyes’. “The majority of those we teach come along because they simply want to be involved in fun activities with their friends. It is a fantastic way to build self-confidence; to learn new skills that will remain with you for life and to meet new friends.”
However, some Rokit students do have ambitions to fully utilise their new skills to establish professional careers. “Recently, we’ve had students auditioning for roles in major feature films; several have auditioned for parts in popular TV series and for TV commercials.
So how does Victoria manage to keep pace with the demands of running Rokit; running her professional production company, Red Ice Promotions, and to remain in the spotlight herself fronting the very successful TV commercials for SCS?
“I have a remarkable support team.” She told me.
Determined to support those who wish to pursue professional careers, Victoria launched her own management agency. “Through Rokit Actor Management we can support our students by putting them forward for auditions and then helping them to prepare to give of their best.”George Montaldo
The latest student to benefit from this development is six years old George Montaldo from Wilmslow. “We are very proud of George. He joined Rokit in Wilmslow when he was just five years old and he has just landed a role in a national TV commercial campaign for Safe Style Windows.”Rokit Actor Management
Such is the degree of natural excitement and enthusiasm Victoria displays when talking about her students’ achievements; about her businesses and about her plans for the future, I doubt we have heard the last about her just yet. www.rokitperformingarts.co.uk