Dean Smith, 21, is an actor and comedian based in Leeds, Yorkshire. He is best known for his role as the Headteacher’s nephew, Philip Ryan, on Waterloo Road. Since then, he has appeared in various TV shows, played in celebrity football matches and run marathons for charity.
What do you love most about being doing what you do?
Waking up on a morning and wanting to go to work. It can be minus 15 outside, chucking it down with rain and 5.30am and ill still bounce out of bed. It’s all down to been able to do what I love. I'm very privileged that way.
Why do you think you are successful at what you do?
I think I have made some very positive steps towards success. In the acting game a career is so fragile and confidence can be gained and lost so quickly. I've only been acting for 3 years and have done some big projects so far and all my work I am very proud of.
How do you keep motivated?
I try to always keep myself busy. When I’m working all my time is spent on set or learning lines so that’s easy. But out of work it’s a lot harder. I fill my time writing comedy, and going to the gym, to give my days a routine. Keeping your body and mind occupied is so very, very crucial!
What would you say to a young person who is feeling uninspired about life and work?
Life is really what you make of it. You have to have the confidence in yourself to go out and create opportunities. Its easier said than done, but the doing can be the most rewarding part. My advice would be to take whatever you are passionate about and keep persisting. In the short term however it can be prevalent to just keep busy doing whatever!
What do you think about The Big Academy and the work we’re trying to do, in helping all young people to get inspire and achieve success?
In the current climate there is very little to shout about in terms of employment and vast opportunities for young people. The Big Academy is tackling this issue head on and also is leading by example to the young people that they wish to inspire in turn.