Harri was a member of OBA Rhyl between 2015 and 2017 and is now working as an actor.
We caught up with Harri to hear about his experiences with The Aloud Charity.
What was the best thing about being in OBA?
All the boys had something in common. We wanted to sing! It’s so refreshing to be able to share that interest with so many like-minded boys and with no judgement. (Often in school, if you want to be in the boys choir you are made fun of, and in my case, I was one of the only boys who would actually attend.)
I also met so many amazing people with OBA and shared great memories with them.
As a teenager what were your ambitions?
Since I was a teenager, I always wanted to become an actor. I participated in Youth Theatre from an early age and took classes in acting, singing and dancing, but OBA really opened the door to many more exciting opportunities. I had confidence issues for a lot of my teenage years but OBA helped me to come out of my shell.
Did being a member of OBA help you achieve your goals or ambitions?
Absolutely! OBA helped massively with my confidence as a performer, as well as music theory and putting all of that into practice. I enjoyed all my experiences at OBA and will remember them forever, particularly with the Academi. The Academi was life-changing for me; it was really at this moment that I gained the confidence to be the person I wanted to be, and strive to achieve my career goals.
Where are you now?
I graduated with a BA in Acting from Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London and have just finished filming for my debut television job with the BBC.
What advice would you give to a boy who is thinking about joining OBA?
Can you sum up your OBA experience in 3 words?
Amazing, fun, brilliant.
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