Hollywood Big Break for Ed

Edward Halstead in CaliforniaA former Performing Arts student at The Sixth Form College, Solihull has achieved his dream of working in the field of TV and films, after moving to America to try to make his big break.

Edward Halstead was born and raised in Solihull and came to the College in 2010, where he received a triple distinction star in the BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts course. He also studied A level Film Studies. However, he is now establishing himself as a producer where he is currently living, near Hollywood in California. He has co-written and is producing a six-part TV comedy called ‘Caretakers’ and he is hoping to pitch the completed series to TV companies such as TNT and YouTube once it’s completed.

Ed’s journey to America began after studying at Salford University, where his focus changed from acting to working behind the camera and he received a first class honours degree in Media Performance. He then completed a successful 2-year course at the New York Film Academy at their Los Angeles campus, near the Warner Bros Studios. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Film Making in 2018 and he has already won and been nominated for awards including, Best Short Film at the Los Angeles Institute Film Festival Awards and Best Cinematography at the European Cinematography Awards.

Diane Dodd, Assistant Curriculum Leader for Creative Arts, commented:

“I taught Ed and I remember him well. He showed great promise from the first year, appearing in the second year production of ‘Our Country’s Good’ as Judge Collins (pictured above). It’s fantastic to hear how well he’s doing now. It is testimony to his hard work and dedication. Our students move into lots of different areas and Ed has clearly found his passion lies in writing and producing. I wish him the best of luck with his new series and whatever he goes onto do after that.”

11 June 2019