The bell rang and my nerves were finally settled I cleared my throat, and began to speak.
After many hours of practise my hard work was finally worth something! Anyone that knows me knows that I am extremely obsessed with speech and especially drama (jazz hands!) I have been competing in competitions and exams since I was 10, and since then my love for the hobby has expanded and I have found myself getting pretty competitive about it from time to time!
If your wondering what a competition atmosphere is like well let me paint you a little picture...
There's a professional adjudicator which marks each piece performed, gives helpful tips and of course awards the prizes! Marks are scored on individual sheets for each contestant, what's good about this, is that you know what you have to improve on next time round. There are many different sections, something for everyone such as improvisation where you receive a topic and have 30 seconds to think of what you are going to do and then you have to act it out in under 3 minutes without any props or other people. Then there's sight readings which is a piece taken from a book of the adjudicators choice, that the competitors get 1 minute to skim through and then read aloud to the audience. Also there are various Poems recital's as well.
My favourite part would have to be seeing everyone get up there and giving it a go. Some of us will be skilled in this area and some of us might just be trying to have a go, which I think is awesome because public speaking is not everybody's thing!
All in all I had a great time and I came away with a trophy, I was placed runner up in the under 14 years scholarship section (shopping for me!) and gained some placing's along the way. I entered 8 different sections and was very proud of my efforts. Now I get to enjoy the next 2 weeks off relaxing and catching up on my other hobbies.
Do you have any more questions? Feel free to leave me a comment.
Thanks for reading!