I didnt really know what I wanted to do. I
didnt have any firm idea but I enjoyed drama at school
more than any other classes but I didnt intend to
be an actor.
Im an actor with experience in television,
theatre and film. I have a sister who was an actor at that
time and I liked the people she was hanging around with.
At age 20, I was accepted into the Victorian College of
the Arts and was one of the youngest students. That was
fairly daunting because a lot had been to uni for five to
six years studying drama extensively. I didnt have
that knowledge but I trusted my instincts and worked on
I was lucky and got instant work after graduating.
I got a role on Neighbours playing Melissa Bells boyfriend.
I then got work in a play but did not gain acting work for
the rest of the year. That was the pattern. You start the
year working two or three months solid then nothing.
In one three-year period, I worked non-stop including
a small regular role on Janusand many appearances
in Law of the Land and other plays. Ive had
acting work in TV programs like Stingers, Love Is A Four
Letter WordandBlue Heelers.Ive also worked
in a number of Australian films and plays.
In 2002 I finished filming on Farscape,the
highest rating sci-fi show in the US. That was a bit of
fun. I played an alien. In one week I earned as much as
I would have earned for seven weeks in the theatre.
I love the variety and trying new characters.
Its really hard to break into. Out of our year
of 20 to 25 people, there are only four of us working as
actors. You also have to get used to the unpredictable earning
power of this industry.
Up until this year, I wouldnt have wanted a
full time TV job but now we have a baby I would like a permanent
spot. Up until the last year or two I really concentrated
on theatre but Ive come to realise to have longevity
in this business you have to be well known. I now realise
I have to focus more on TV.
I gave up acting once and started a business selling
beauty products including moisturisers which became quite
successful. We exported it but I got sick of it it
just wasnt me.
I also worked in corporate hospitality at the Sydney
Cricket Ground. I would show clients around the SCG as well
as a small amount of organising events. I enjoyed the secure
income but in the end, acting kept calling me back.
I finished high school but was battling shoulder
and other problems caused by football injuries. I started
to seriously think about it after I attended an open day
at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA).