A Royal Conservatoire of Scotland student is one of just ten actors worldwide to be given an exclusive introduction to the entertainment industry from one of the biggest names in television.
Sylvie Marinkovic, a final year acting student, has been chosen for Warner Bros. Television’s Actors in Training Class of 2020, launched this summer to connect the studio with actors who may have had their final year of training curtailed or impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
More than 6,800 actors from 280 training programmes took part in the initiative. The search included outreach to approximately 400 undergraduate, graduate and conservatoire programmes across the United States, Canada, Australia and the UK.
Actors were asked to submit a headshot, resume and brief introduction about themselves. All submissions were reviewed and a select group of applicants was invited to submit auditions and meet with casting executives. The top ten who comprise the Class of 2020 then met with development and programming executives and producers.
The idea to nurture the next generation of actors was sparked after many of the traditional year-end career advancement and networking opportunities with casting directors were suspended or cancelled due to the pandemic.
“I thought they’d maybe pick 500 people and keep the others on their books so when I heard that I was one of ten, it was the biggest shock,” said Sylvie.
“I wasn’t prepared for it. I’m still actually processing it. It’s a wonderful opportunity which is opening a door into the industry.”
Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said: “We are so proud of Sylvie for being selected for Warner Bros. Television’s Actors in Training Class of 2020. To be chosen from thousands of actors worldwide is an exceptional achievement and a real badge of honour for Sylvie and a point of pride for our BA Acting programme. We are delighted to celebrate with her.”
Sylvie was born and raised in Switzerland to parents originally from Sarajevo, Bosnia. She speaks German, Swiss German and English fluently, as well as Serbo-Croatian and French. With her passion for languages, theatre and literature, she found her way into drama when she was 11 years old.
She played the lead in the European movie Cure: The Life of Another, earning a Best Actress nomination for the Swiss Film Prize.
Sylvie, who has worked in TV and films in Europe, joined RCS in 2018 and will graduate in summer next year. She is fresh from performing in The Bacchae in the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s New Athenaeum Theatre to a small and safely distanced internal audience.
The play, directed by BA Acting graduate Finn den Hertog, will be streamed online at 7pm on Friday, November 13 and Friday, November 27. Tickets, which are free, can be booked at the RCS Box Office.
“It has been extraordinary to do the show,” said Sylvie. The world is so unpredictable right now and everyone brought this amazing energy and presence.”
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