Top Scottish actor David Hayman visited Edinburgh College to inspire the next generation of young performers, with tales of his time working with film and TV stars including Bruce Willis and James Bond’s Q Ben Whishaw.
David, famed for his role as Glasgow gangster Jimmy Boyle in a Sense of Freedom, came to the college’s Performing Arts Studio Scotland (PASS) theatre to talk to students and pass on advice on auditioning, career choices and acting for stage, film and TV.
Edward McGurn, Performing Arts lecturer at the college said: “David Hayman is one of Scotland’s great talents and has set many stages and screens throughout the world alight with his talent. Hearing his thoughts on the craft of acting is a defining moment in any student’s career.”
“It was our privilege that David brought his experience and expertise to the PASS stage and we’d like to thank him for coming.”
HND Acting and Performance student Shyvonne Ahmmad arranged the visit after meeting David on a short course at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he was helping his son. David Hayman Jr. was the main director for her class and he decided to invite his dad along to help mentor the students.
Declan Wallace, a Performing Arts student at the college, said: “The insight David gave us really is gold dust. Having someone with 40 years in the industry in to talk to us is so beneficial for young aspiring actors.”
Aischa Daugherty, also on the HND Acting and Performance, asked David what advice he would’ve liked to have given himself when he was a young actor.
Aischa said: “He struggled to answer my question at first but then simply told me to “never give up”. It’s crazy how these three simple words have made me think so deeply about my passion for acting and where I may be in a number of years if I put the effort in.
“David has always been a huge inspiration to me due to his success and quality of his work. It was lovely to then discover that he is such a genuine, laidback and funny guy.”