Adam Deacon Wins Bafta Award
Adam Deacon may have won this year’s Rising Star award at the Baftas, but he has been discussing the difficulty he had experienced in trying to win mainstream roles, saying that older casting directors still do not know who he is. He called his award "a win for the underdog", but said it was still a struggle going from 'Kidulthood' to the mainstream film industry...
He told the BBC: "When we put out 'Kidulthood', a Noel Clarke film back in 2006, I felt there was a real strong connection with the audience. I used to walk around Hackney and the love I was getting from a lot of young people was phenomenal. At the same time I was going up for castings where a lot of the casting directors never watched these films because of the generation gap. It was very much two worlds.
"It was very much the young people watching these films and the older generation not really giving it that time. I was calling my agent and saying, 'Can we do something? I feel like I'm ready to do something bigger now.' It was hard."
He went on to say: "If you're coming from a certain world, or a certain area, it's that little bit harder to get into the acting profession. I meet young people all the time that say they want to do acting and I always tell them that it's not an overnight thing. It can take years and years.”
His advice was to "stick with it, stay focussed, stay determined and don't be put off by rejection. You get your time." He also said that it feels "amazing" to be acknowledged by the British film industry.
"10 years ago I was living in a hostel with nowhere to live. It was a dream..."
Dreams really can come true.
Words: Maz Khan (@MazHalima)
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)