My story – Chris­tine Borg

You can take the girl out of the is­land but you can­not take the is­land out of the girl.

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - LIFESTYLE & CULTURE -

From a very young age I as­pired to en­ter­tain – I was a creative, imag­i­na­tive child with a love of mu­sic, dance and sto­ry­telling. I se­cretly wished to en­rol in a per­form­ing arts school, but life did not present me with such op­por­tu­ni­ties at the time.

How­ever, where there’s a will there’s a way: I even­tu­ally con­vinced my par­ents to sign me up for pi­ano lessons at our lo­cal Maria Bam­bina mu­sic school. With per­sis­tence and de­ter­mi­na­tion, I even­tu­ally landed my­self in the Mas­quer­ade School of Per­form­ing Arts, fin­ish­ing with a di­ploma in Mu­si­cal The­atre. With this in my hand, I wanted to take the next big step and leave this tiny is­land for the big city – Lon­don.

The road was paved with hard work and many ex­tra lessons in dance, drama and singing, whilst also gain­ing as much ex­pe­ri­ence as pos­si­ble in lo­cal pro­duc­tions. I took this very se­ri­ously and be­gan to look at the pos­si­bil­ity of ap­ply­ing to sev­eral drama schools. Noth­ing was go­ing to stop me.

Of course, with this came the ex­pe­ri­ence of the na­ture of the game – the stakes were high so there were many dis­ap­point­ments and a lot of heartache. Hard work did, how­ever, pay off and I had of­fers from three drama schools, my favourite be­ing Mountview Academy of The­atre Arts. The next ma­jor hur­dle was fi­nan­cial sup­port and this is where the Malta Arts Schol­ar­ship Scheme came in. I auditioned be­fore their panel and achieved se­cond place in Malta. It was due to this scheme that I was able to pack up my stuff and move to ‘the Smoke’.

I spent the next cou­ple of years ex­plor­ing what I could do cre­atively in ar­eas of act­ing that I had never dreamed I was ca­pa­ble of achiev­ing. I was lucky to be part of a fan­tas­tic group and I made some life­long friends with whom I shared the ex­pe­ri­ence in class and also out of class, when­ever we went to watch per­for­mances at the Globe, Na­tional and Wes­t­End to name but a few. At the end of the course I was priv­i­leged to have the op­por­tu­nity to per­form at the Am­bas­sador’s The­atre, on an ac­tual West-End stage.

Af­ter some time, I de­cided to head back to where it all be­gan, my lit­tle Mediter­ranean is­land. The the­atre scene in Malta is not what it used to be. It is grow­ing fast and ex­po­nen­tially. This felt like the nat­u­ral thing to do – to give back to my coun­try what it had given to me. I want to pass on my knowl­edge through teach­ing young­sters who are tal­ented and will­ing to learn. I am also join­ing the fab­u­lous tal­ent we have on our is­land in our the­atre scene on stage and in front of the cam­era.

I now have a Mas­ter’s de­gree in Act­ing and I would not change a thing from this whole ex­pe­ri­ence as it has made me the per­son I am to­day. I took some tough de­ci­sions and made some bold choices and this has made me stronger as a per­son.

What I have achieved would have been im­pos­si­ble with­out the sup­port of the Malta Arts Scheme and I would like to thank them per­son­ally for nour­ish­ing young and promis­ing tal­ent.

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