From one drama to another

02 March 2020
3 min read
Volume 28 · Issue 3

Abstract

Rosie Ladkin shares her experience changing careers from acting to midwifery, and although it was a tough decision at first, she has realised being a midwife was her calling all along

Three years and five months ago, I embarked on what would become the most remarkable journey of my life to date-I started my training to become a midwife.

This huge change in my life, however, started back in 2015, when I decided after several years slogging it out as a musical theatre actress – auditioning, performing, paying out for headshots, websites and showreels – that it was time to move on. This decision did not come easily. I had been performing for as long as I could remember; from ballet classes as young as four years old and performing regularly throughout my school years, to completing my musical theatre degree and then the big move to London, signing with an agent and starting work. It had been my focus for most of my life.

Honestly, it broke my heart to stop. But I knew that it was the right thing to do. For my own wellbeing, for my mental health, for the lifestyle I knew I wanted. That still didn't stop it being difficult the day I moved out of my London flat, moved back to my parents' house and started thinking about ‘what's next?’.

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