Hafwen Hibbard

14 October 2020

Hey! I’m Hafwen Hibbard. I am an aspiring actress from Cardiff who loves to take inspiration from current events, music, images and personal experiences in order to make unique and creative pieces of work!

My main involvement in the arts has been through local theatre groups, as well as Welsh theatre companies. I feel like the experiences I have had with these companies have truly shaped me as a performer. The support and encouragement I have received has truly inspired me to be the best I can be.
Recently Lauren Connelly and I both collaborated with Cwmni FranWen in order to create “Tra’n Aros”- a series of images and an abstract video showing two young women trying to find their way through lockdown.
It was so amazing to see how many people related to it and praised the outcome of our process and I look forward to seeing where that project will go next.

Being a creative woman in Wales is very important to me because of how much incredible talent there is within the community. It is so exciting to see women use all elements of creativity in order to make changes, express themselves and create an impact on the world. It’s definitely inspiring to see women in Wales amplify the importance of creativity and share experiences and connections with one another in order to create amazing pieces of art. It is so important to remember that I am able to be creative in Wales because of the women who have fought and changed the world for us to be able to do what we do.

Performing has always been such a large part of my life as both my parents were performers.
I remember going to see them in shows and watching them on TV, so it’s always been something that I have been very familiar with. My passion started to grow during a difficult time for my family.
My dad passed away in 2012 and I remember finding so much comfort and freedom in performing. It was a way for me to express and enjoy myself during a very hard period.
When I started high school I joined theatre groups and workshops; the industry became very interesting to me and I knew that I wanted to be a part of it.

I am so lucky and grateful to have received a place at AMDA LA.
It was such a big dream of mine to be accepted. Now I have the opportunity to go and I still can’t quite believe it. It just shows that no matter how many rejections you face, if you stay determined and work hard you will reach your goal. Don’t give up, trust.
This opportunity is so important to me because the training is vital and the alumni have such a good reputation. I really want to do big things and this college will really help to improve my abilities as an actor and offer me a great boost into the industry. I also think we need a lot more Welsh women representation across the world and I hope to be a part of that.

I can’t express enough how important it is for young people to have experiences with the incredible companies here in Wales.
Each company I have worked with have provided very different experiences but each have been so accepting and focused on creating amazing pieces of work within a safe space.
Not only do you get to improve all elements of your craft, but you also get to make connections with amazing people, reflect on yourself and express yourself in a unique and exciting way.

The thing that empowers me the most about being a creative Welsh woman is the inspiration and creativity of others I see on social media, in theatres and on TV. I often find myself becoming inspired by other Welsh women’s work and achievements and this makes me even more determined to achieve my own goals. Their determination and hard work empowers me to believe that I can achieve whatever I set my mind to with enough hard work and motivation.

I think my biggest challenge as a creative woman is to not stand in my own way. I sometimes find myself being too hard on myself and feeling like I am not good enough, but I have come to realise that if I work hard and try my best I can be just as capable and deserving as anyone else.

Find the GoFundMe link below:
https://www.gofundme.com/f/hafwen-hibbard-amda

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