Spotlight on Talent: Alfanso May
Studied: Level 2 Diploma in Performing Arts and Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts
Progression: London College of Music (part of the University of West London)
When it came to choosing a course to study at Walsall College, Alfanso May was torn between following his head or his heart. In other words, signing up for engineering or performing arts. He decided to follow his heart.
This is a decision that has put him on track for a career where he hopes to specialise as a voice artist.
“Performing arts is my passion,” said Alfanso. “Nothing will ever make me want to turn my back on a career in this field. If three years ago I had gone with what my head was saying and chosen engineering, the ambition, drive and fulfilment I have now wouldn’t be there.”
Alfanso credits his Walsall College course with introducing him to other ways and means to develop as an artist and shape his ambitions.
This includes working devising performances, improvising and workshopping ideas. He also kept up his dance and singing practice and explored behind-the-scenes technical skills in sound and lighting.
“My lecturers have been so supportive throughout the course,” said Alfanso. “They’re very understanding. If you are struggling with anything in lessons and workshops, they’re willing to adapt the learning to suit you. And they make sure you always understand the purpose of what’s being taught.”
Alfanso also has the confidence to go his own way in future.
“My career doesn’t have to fit into one box,” he said. “I want to be able to write my own story; doing things a performer might not typically do such as writing and directing.
“The most important thing though is to give an audience something they can immerse themselves in. No matter how they’re feeling or what might be going on around them, I want them to have a good time and be entertained.”