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Meet James Gilbert (Head Boy; 1997-2000): Actor & Writer

Posted by KES Blogging Team on Jul 30, 2018 6:02:32 PM

James Gilbert.pngI had a great high school experience at KES. I was fairly directionless prior to attending, and found that the school gave me multiple outlets with which to channel my energies -- the arts and humanities, sports, etc. Ultimately, I felt encouraged and supported to be myself. I loved the camaraderie of dorm life and the hilarity it often entailed. I met people who are still my best friends.

After graduation I studied theatre at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire in Glasgow, UK. It was a fantastic programme that exposed me to wonderful arts culture and taught me what it meant to be a dedicated artist and ambassador of one's craft. I then moved to Toronto where I have been working professionally as an actor in theatre, TV, and film ever since. I'm also a writer, so currently, I'm developing a number of projects with various production companies. Auditioning, hunting for the next role - it never ends. Necessity is the mother of all inventions, and to carve out a living in the arts you have to diversify. Starting to write and create projects on my own was born out of a need and desire to have more control over my own destiny. This is no different than one day deciding that you're going to strike out on your own and start your own business. In the future, I plan to continue evolving and challenging myself as an artist.Owning a little cottage on the South Shore some day wouldn't be bad either. My advice to current students is to just go easy on yourself and be open to discovery and adaptation. Scatter others' expectations of you into the wind. Life is a work in progress, and it is no fun in having it all figured out too early.

If you are a dancer, a singer, a musician, an actor, an artist, or have all of these talents, then King’s-Edgehill School is the place for you.
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