I’m so late on posting this, oops. But my lovely friend Rachel tagged me to do this post and I had no clue this was a thing? We’ve all seen the classic youtuber ‘draw my life’ videos, so to put a twist and do a blog post version is an amazing idea – hats off to whoever started this.
Sidenote I can’t draw to save my life so please excuse my poor doodles, but here goes…
On Sunday the 26th July 1998, Emily Rebecca Marven was brought into this world. Born and raised in Oxfordshire in the heart of the Cotswolds with my mum, dad, older bro, 4 dogs and 2 cats.
I was raised in a small village, I went to school there, I went to church there and I never really strayed too far away from the pond. I made some good friends, and spent a lot of my days just outside in the fields. I really can’t complain.
When I was about 9, I started to take more interest into music, I began flute and violin lessons and I soon began to realise I had a love for singing. A friend of mine at the time told me about a Youth Musical Theatre group she went to and thought I’d enjoy, so I went along one week and just fell in love with it all. Soon after I started singing lessons with a family friend who was an opera singer. I did both Youth Musical Theatre and classical singing lessons for the next 5 years.
Secondary school for me was a huge change for me. I didn’t go to my catchment school I went to one a little further away, one nobody else from my primary school was going to. And to say I was a bit of a social potato the first 2 years of secondary school is pretty fair – I honestly had no clue what I was doing, I had one or 2 friends which I was content with but it took me a while to adjust from a year of 14 back in primary to a year of 200 of us.
Fast forward a few years, delirious Em had gotten some sense into her and made a solid group of friends, and everything was pretty standard. I mean I was always picked on a tad for my ears, but I soon learnt to ignore those comments. I did okay in school, I got average grades, liked English and Drama, hated maths, the usual. Oh and I got a B in physics after getting D’s for 2 years (don’t ask me how).
After GCSEs I felt a need to change my school for sixth form. I don’t really know why, but I did. And ended up going to a sixth form college in Oxford, where I studied Drama, Philosophy and Ethics, Sociology and English Lit and Lang.
I wish I could tell you this was again pretty average, but it was far from it. A few weeks in I caught some sickness bug, and to put it in a nutshell, I never fully recovered, I was struggling to sleep or wake up and I couldn’t get out of bed, I took so much time off, too much time in fact. I dropped a subject after being told I was just being lazy. Then as of winter 2015 I was diagnosed with CFS/ME. And the next year was what seemed like a loosing battle, having then dropped a second subject and only doing 2 A levels. But that’s a story for another time.
In 2013, I was accepted to be a part of the Oxfordshire unit going to the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan in 2015. I was chosen out of nearly 200 people to be one of 36 going. The summer of 2015 certainly came around quickly and I hopped on a plane to Japan for a life changing 3 week adventure.
In October 2015 I also had the lifechanging chance to perform at Her Majesty’s Theatre on the West End! After finishing my singing lessons and YMT group, I really wanted to find somewhere new and found that PQA (The Pauline Quirke Academy) was coming to Oxford. So we went along to the open day and soon signed me up. Roll on a few years we were given the chance to person on the West End with some other academies and I was lucky enough to be given a leading roll and the solo song – I won’t lie when I finished I came off the stage and cried.
I left college with 2 A level grades, honestly not ones people would consider great but hey – I went through 2 years of Hell and still got 2 A levels. I was so relieved. I had no clue what I wanted to do next so decided to take a gap year and work, travel, chill and just get some life experiences. In that time I’ve been to Salzburg, gotten a job and had some time to myself to work on me and what I want.
My gap year didn’t start off very exciting however, I was slumped at home with nothing to do. So I decided to get on my laptop and make a blog, and EmilyyBecca was created. I’ve spoken about my blog story a lot before so I won’t go into it too much but it’s such a pivotal thing for me I couldn’t not include it!
I decided this whole musical theatre thing was what I wanted to do in my life and decided to start looking at drama schools. Having a problem with not being paid (long story) I was finding it hard to pay for auditions, but I paid for 3 and on the 25th January 2017 I had my first audition at Stella Mann College of Performing Arts – 2 days later a letter came through from them: ‘Dear Emily, After your audition we are happy to offer you a place on our Musical Theatre course’, my top school and only my first audition, I’m still so baffled.
Sorry about this rather huge post, I’ve definitely been lucky enough to do a lot with my life, some good some bad but all necessary. The photography was also a bit of a mess – again apologies, I’m getting my head around what I want in my photography still so please bare with!
Until Next Time,