It's been about a month and a half since I've arrived in the UK. There have been some absolute highs, most of which were spent in that first three weeks during my program. It seems moving to a new country is never all highs, however.
Looking out the view from Castle Campbell in Dollar, Scotland
Its absolutely crazy how time flies by when you're in a full time acting course in a new Country while simultaneously trying to find a place to live for the next two years. It's still hard to believe I'm actually here. The program at Guildhall was incredible. I can now compare training in the UK to that of Canada, and even though there was some overlap, I found in London, (or at Guildhall, at least) there is a huge sense of play which my former training lacked. It was a lot more physical which I found incredibly useful. Furthermore, after studying in a film acting intensive course for two years while also being wrapped up in camera acting since graduation, it was so nice to be able to jump head first into theatre again. I know for sure I made the right choice to move here knowing how viable theatre is in London compared to Toronto.
As for Flat Hunting, I was super lucky. The first flat I saw I took. Its in Newham, so a little far out from the centre, but its a good area with great flatmates (who have dogs!), and decently priced rent. The next things on my checklist are to get a job and an agent, but thankfully I know people who can help in both departments. I'm also prepared to really tackle the networking thing, because as any actor knows, it's all about who you know.
Before I do those things, however, I'm spending the next week in Wales visiting relatives. I can't wait to see more of the UK!