It's a been a little while since I've blogged. A lot has happened but long story short I am now employed as a fulltime actor for Brainstorm Productions touring QLD and NSW for 9 months educating young people on the effects of bullying.
I was fortunate to perform at my old high school on Thursday and was asked to answer some questions about myself for the local paper. I thought I would share the full version as I am not sure what will be used in the article.
Where did you grow up and how did you come to be where you are now?
As you know I was fortunate enough to go to Maleny High and represent the school as the 2007 School Captain.
I grew up in Crystal Waters and went to Conondale Primary School and had some fantastic teachers who really
encouraged creativity. Drama was my favourite subject in High School and I can thank my teachers for the support I had;
as I now call myself a fulltime actor employed by Brainstorm Productions.
What is Brainstorm?
Brainstorm Productions have been touring in schools throughout QLD, NSW, ACT, VIC, SA and TAS for almost 30 years. Every school day up to twenty five Brainstorm shows entertain and inspire thousands of children. We receive a continuous flow of letters, e-mails, messages, cards, stories, drawings and other heartwarming responses from children and teachers who have loved the shows.
Brainstorm tackles the toughest issues: cyber bullying, violence, prejudice, harassment, child abuse, domestic violence, peer pressure, grief, eating disorders, substance abuse, depression, family separation, values, education and discrimination.
What does 2012 have in store for you?
I am currently on tour with Brainstorm across QLD and NSW touring primary schools and high schools educating young people of the effects of bullying.
It is a 9 month tour lasting until early September. After that I would like to travel to either the US or Canada to further pursue my acting career in film and television.
Where do you hope to be by 2015?
I would like to have travelled overseas and be an established actor internationally within film and tv.
What is your life motto?
"Take each day in steps. Each day is one step closer towards your dreams."
and one from David Bowie...
"Fear's just in your head so forget your head and you'll be free."
Who do you aspire to?
Meryl Streep; I think she is the most inspiring actress of our time. Her characterisation and portrayal of human existence is addictive to watch.
Who has helped you along the way?
My family has always supported me in striving towards my dreams. I had a mentor who guided me in the first few years of my study. He helped particularly with the business side of acting.
What made you get into acting?
I have always had a fascination with what people feel and how they portray it; and it's exciting to do a scene and feel 100% in the moment when you get it right.
I love performing and making people feel what the character is feeling.
What films would you like to get into?
I love films which show the real sides of life; drama. The highs, the lows and everything in between. I would like to be in films which make people think deeper about
themselves, how they behave and how it effects other people.
Will you continue with theatre?
I always thought I would do film, but since working with Brainstorm I have really enjoyed doing live theatre. I am learning things everyday and working on my voice which is important. Film and tv will always be my main goal however.
What is your biggest achievement thus far?
Not giving up. Before I got my gig with Brainstorm I had been living in Sydney for 6 months and was in a low. I'd moved there alone and felt a bit isolated. I missed home, my family and my friends and I felt like hiding away but I kept going with the help of my family and friends. And then I auditioned for Brainstorm and everything fell into place. I am really loving travelling to different schools and knowing that I am waking up in the morning to help try and make a difference in the world.
Acting is a hard business and I am only just at the beginning. I have so much too learn not only about acting but about life. You can't be a good actor if you haven't experienced life. I am making it my goal to experience as much as I can; hence why I really want to travel. I want to experience different cultures and ways of life.
What advice do you give to other young people pursuing their dreams?
Times will be tough and other times you will want to explode with joy when you get the job of your dreams, but that is all part of the journey.
Experience every day; not just the good ones. Make note of what makes you happy and do it. Strive as hard as you can and make sure you smile at someone everyday; you never know who it might help.