A local aspiring actor has been signed by a top UK agency after impressing industry professionals with his performance at Glasgow Clyde College’s end-of-year Diploma Show.
Craig McDougall, from East Kilbride, took to the stage at the college’s Langside Campus and, after playing a tiger as part of a monologue and acting out the story of a drugs trial alongside a classmate, was approached by Coulter Management Agency, one of Scotland’s leading talent agencies.
Craig, who is set to graduate this summer with an HND Acting and Performance qualification from the renowned course at Glasgow Clyde College, started out in acting with East Kilbride Light Opera Club and is now aiming to emulate fellow East Kilbride actor John Hannah, famous for his role in 1994 film Four Weddings And A Funeral.
He said: “The Dip Show was nerve-wracking, but all the students were thinking ‘this is what we’ve been waiting for’. The students organised the event and we manage to get quite a few agents and casting directors along, lots of big names.
“A week after our performance, I got an email from Coulter Management Agency asking if I’d like to be considered for representation. I went in for a meeting, where they asked me about my capabilities – could I do a backflip, play an instrument, or read sheet music? – and tried find out if they could ‘sell’ me for parts.
“Because I’m smaller and have a young face – so the agency says – I am suited to playing the parts of younger guys. Working in London or America appeals to me and, since I was a wee boy, I’ve always wanted to be James Bond.”
Craig, 21, is a former pupil of Blacklaw Primary School and Calderglen High School and will round off his time at Glasgow Clyde College by playing a part in a performance of Festen at Langside Campus Theatre from Tuesday 14 – Friday 17 June as part of the college’s Festival of Creativity. He is pleased that his decision to study Acting and Performance at the college has reaped reward in the form of industry recognition.
“I had heard Clyde offered a good course in this area,” he said. “Compared to similar courses elsewhere, this course focuses more on the acting rather than musical theatre. It was a great decision to come here. The course has made me understand so much more about acting and about my own strengths, giving me confidence to go and get work with all the skills you have.
“The lecturers here are fantastic at what they do. They know each student so well and bring out the best in you. They won’t lie to you or pretend it’s brilliant if it’s not – you need that kick sometimes.
“The course is so good because you don’t just study acting, you help with props, set construction, stage management, and lighting. So, if you want to go and set up your own company, you have all this backstage experience. That’s a key part of the course.”