I never trained in Performing Arts, but due to my passion and encouragement from the Music and Drama departments I was given the confidence to follow my ambitions of becoming an actor.
Since leaving, I have performed in Greece, Cyprus, Cruise Ships and even Saudi Arabia!
My Equity name in the musical theatre industry is Thomas Mitchells; having performed in the musical The Buddy Holly Story as The Big Bopper in the 2016/17 U.K. Tour.
I have also worked on original musicals (Carmen 1808, Union Theatre; Relativity: The Musical, Finborough Theatre) and as an accomplished Voice-Actor specialising in Video Games (Guitar Hero: Live; Fable Fortune) and Commercials (BT; DPD; NHS).
I also use my experience in Music and Voice-Acting to produce Demo Reels for Singing and Voice-Over to help other artists promote themselves. Now living in London, I am well placed for the music industry and what it has to offer me.
I am incredibly passionate about Arts subjects in schools and always champions the right to be creative.
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Hi guys! I was a student at Polesworth Sixth Form from 2011-2013, one of the A Levels I chose to study was Music Performance. After two years of hard work, I came away with a Distinction, giving me enough UCAS points to go off to Uni. Since my time at Polesworth, I have continued with my music, and regularly perform as a solo artist at gigs and festivals up and down the country, to up to thousands of people. I started off as an acoustic artist, singing and playing acoustic guitar, however now I gig with an electric guitar, synthesiser, and loop pedal - as I like to try and put my own spin on things! I have performed with past X Factor contestants, such as Lucy Spraggan and Saara Aalto.
This year, I was awarded Act of the Year at Glastonbudget Music Fest, out of 150 acts. This was great exposure for me as a finalist from The Voice was at the festival, and asked me to perform a song with him on the main stage the following day, which I did, to 10,000 people! I would definitely recommend the Music Performance course at Polesworth, as I think the course gave me the background knowledge on how to get onto the scene. My advice to anybody looking to get into regularly gigging - you’ll only get out of it what you put in. Put the effort in and your hard work will pay off! And social media is key - make sure you keep your pages up to date, post lots of covers etc. Fans will come for the covers, but stay for the original material, if that’s what you’re into!
Since leaving school my passion for music never died. In fact, it only grew stronger.
My relationship with music began around the age of 10. I remember it so vividly! I was on holiday with my Dad in Spain sat by the pool. He walked over to me and handed me his CD player and ‘Appetite for Destruction’ by Guns ‘N’ Roses, smiled and said, “Here son… Listen to some proper music”. I sat by that pool and listened to whole album front-to-back twice over. That was the moment I knew I wanted to be a musician.
Studying music at school and college taught me some extremely valuable lessons that I have carried through my musical career. I learnt to appreciate all forms of music and understand its heritage.
Through studying music, I was able to network and collaborate with other musicians and form bands from an early age. This allowed me to write my own music and play shows. This has all been paramount to me becoming the musician I am today.
I am currently the Vocalist and Guitarist for a band called Phantom State. I have been fortunate enough to do some prestigious things with my band. We have played shows all over the country alongside some truly amazing bands. We have played larger scale venues such as the O2 Academy in Birmingham multiple times supporting bands that I grew up listening to.
We have recently recorded and released our EP ‘Sands of Time’ along with a music video. We are also working with record labels to organise tours to promote the EP. We are hoping to get signed with one of the labels within the next year.
Ben also plays in Phantom State with past music students David Benbow and Jake Hadley