BYT: Jessica Johns-Parsons
PUBLISHED: 15:43 08 May 2017 | UPDATED: 15:43 08 May 2017
She first performed at seven, and now ten years on Jessica Johns-Parsons is on her way to stardom
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m 17 years old and my passion is singing and acting, especially in musicals. I attend Bodens Performing Arts school in Barnet and am in Year 12 studying a Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts. I hope to go to university such as the Guildford School of Acting or the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts to do a degree in Musical Theatre.
How did you get into the performing arts?
I’ve loved performing ever since I was a child, and at seven I appeared in my first play at primary school. Alongside the acting, I developed a love for singing, and at age nine I was encouraged to further my training at Stagecoach Performing Arts. I have been attending Stagecoach in Chingford ever since.
Do you ever suffer from nerves before a big performance?
When I perform I have a bad habit of always over thinking things and get into a panic about getting it all right. Just before I go on I get really nervous, but the second I’m on stage the nerves seem to disappear.
What do you consider to be your best performance so far and why?
I feel that my best performance was in the recent college production of Les Miserables (my favourite musical) in which I played Fantine. Because I really connected with the character, I was able to unlock some really powerful emotions and completely lose myself in the performance.
Where do you live and what do you like about it?
I live in Chingford and I like it because it has a village feel and is quite small but is in easy access to the main city.
Tell us about your family?
My mum and dad are always so supportive of me, attending every show that I do. I love spending time with my dad as he plays the guitar and I sing along. I’m very close to my Nan and Grandad (Bappy) too, and whenever I can I spend time with them, even if it’s just for a piece of cake and tea.
What’s been the most exciting thing that’s happened to you over the past year?
This year I got my GCSE results and was able to go to my college of choice, where, in the first term, I landed a lead role as well as achieving a Merit grade of my first unit. I also recently performed at the Millfield Theatre with Stagecoach to mark the 20th anniversary of the Chingford branch.
I then got accepted onto Stagecoach’s Summer Showcase in a production of Hairspray which starts in August.
Who are your biggest influences?
My biggest influence is probably my Mum, who’s worked so hard for what she has. She encourages me to follow my dreams and wants me to be happy.
Where do you hope to see yourself in five years time?
I hope to be graduating from my dream university with a degree in Musical Theatre and the West End beckoning.
How do you relax?
I make myself a cup of tea and flop in front of the telly. Either that or I sing in my room.
What makes you smile?
Performing well and making an audience happy.
Tell us something about you that may surprise us?
I was picked to perform in the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics, where I represented the athletes from the country of Djibouti. I was a Petal Child which made the overall Olympic flame at the end of the ceremony.