JETTING off to Monaco every weekend to educate the world’s richest kids might sound like a glamorous life.
But for aspiring actor Laurie Coldwell it’s another bit of hard work to fund his place at drama school.
Laurie, from Holmfirth, has been accepted to London’s elite Drama Studio, which has educated screen stars including Emily Watson and Forest Whitaker.
But with no grants available to fund the two-year course, Laurie has been working to raise the £18,600 fee.
The 24-year-old Cambridge University graduate has started walking for 24 hours nonstop along the Pennine Way to raise some more cash for his course.
From September he’ll be back in Monaco every weekend teaching various subjects to children from some of the principality’s wealthiest families.
Laurie organised the job through Riviera Tutors which provides one-to-one home tuition for children in the French Riviera and Europe.
Each trip is all expenses paid, including flights, accommodation and food.
And sometimes Laurie gets to stay in some of the world’s most expensive addresses. But he isn’t paid a fortune, nor is he there to have fun.
Laurie says: “It’s great to go over there but I earn the same as I would tutoring in this country. I’m doing it to get into drama school.
“A lot of children there go to international schools and so they’re looking for an English speaker. There’s a kudos to having a tutor from England.
“The weather out there is nice but you don’t get much free time because it’s very intense.
“It’s interesting to do but while it might sound glamorous it’s a means to an end.”
And Laurie hopes his walk will help him meet that end.
He says: “I’m going to see how far I can walk within 24 hours, or just see if I can do it.
“I’ve got to get back on public transport too so if I get to Hebden Bridge it’ll be easy but if I get further north than the Yorkshire Dales it’ll be harder. It’ll be an adventure.”
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