Today marks the start of a new series of student spotlights! We’ll be regularly celebrating and sharing with you the stories and journeys of our creative, passionate students and the work they are producing both at Dv8 Sussex and outside of college. We’d like to start by introducing, Charlie! 

Charlie Spring Heel Jack

Tell us a bit about yourself and why you wanted to join Dv8?

My name is Charlie, I’m 18 years old I’m studying Introduction to Music Media and Digital.

I am interested in drama, acting, and making films. I wanted to join Dv8 because I like media, music, script writing, directing,using my imagination and being creative. I believe Dv8 can give me a great education in putting all of this to good use!

What do you do when you’re not at college?

I am at SilverLee Stage School out of college and I like going to London to watch West End shows.

Who or what inspires you to be creative?

I have been inspired by TV dramas and they have made me want to pursue acting. I have also been inspired by the story of Biddy the Tub Man who was a local celebrity in Hastings and a relative of mine. His life story interests me and inspires me to be a performer.

Share with us a piece of work you’d like to celebrate…

I have made a short film at Dv8 called Springheel Jack which is a story about Jack the Ripper and it is available to everyone who wants to watch it on YouTube. I scripted and acted in it, did the voice over and had a go at making sound effects which included bashing a cabbage to make the stabbing sound! I also made the animation parts with some help from the student support at Dv8. (Warning, being a tale about Jack the Ripper, there is some gore!)

If you could interview any actor, who would you pick and why?

If I could interview any actor it would probably be David Tennant because I like that he was playing the 10th Doctor and he was one of the best Doctors I have seen in Doctor Who. I also really like him playing the detective in Broadchurch because he played a really funny part and acted with Olivia Coleman.

What would you like to have achieved in ten years time?

In ten years time I would like to be in a job involving script writing or acting. I’d also like to have a family, live independently and just have a great life and be positive.

Thanks for sharing your story Charlie, and thank you for the hard work and dedication you put in every day. Your passion for media, acting and script writing sure shows through in Spring Heel Jack – Keep up the fantastic work! 


If you’d like to start your journey in to one of the creative industries, why not apply to join a Dv8 course in September!

Quick links: Introduction to Music, Media & Digital | Music Production | Media Production | Fashion & Design | Live Events & Promotion | Paid Internship Programme 

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