Who am i?
I am an Actress. That's all I do.
I am developing an expertise in exploring and discovering the human condition. I have a long way to go, but I'm working hard for it.
When I joined the ensemble cast of Shakespeare Republic as Edmund from King Lear, I observed that legacy was key to creating meaningful stories. Storytelling is what I do every day because I love it. I love working for the story.
My work ethic is driven by passion and self-awareness. I love the work because I'm thankful that I work in a craft that focuses on be more and more empathetic every time we work. It's nice to see that happening when I work on scripts of while performing at the bedsides of children in hospitals around Victoria.
I work every day in the craft, whether I have a job, or not - there is no other choice. Finding the core of another human being's beliefs and thought process thrills me – even when it's painful.
I have lots of my own stories to share, I'm a kid who grew up in a caravan park; disguised myself so I could sneak into a church-operated finishing school on weekends and collected abandoned softballs for my dog who was my best friend.
My mother, worked hard and taught me humility and self-esteem.
I discovered I had some emotional intelligence and natural artistry and so after many years of experimenting with life, I found Acting; this blood and sweat land of understanding and deeply caring about people.
What I'm about
I am building my legacy. I am my voice. The Story is where I begin. I've learned that story is king and Story tellers serve that story.
Standing on the shoulders of the people I have worked with makes me feel very tall. Nothing I have ever done has been without those who've taught me humility. This work is never finished. I took that lesson in.
"Find that thing that you love and become tunnel visioned"
My singular focus was invested into the Full Time Professional Acting at the Howard Fine Acting Studio in 2015. I read, Fine On Acting - A Vision of the Craft and recognised the technique focused on finding freedom by seeking mastery in your craft. I recognise that I have to build a world of artistry that focuses on understanding the human condition. Being specific, having integrity and authentically investing in the work.
I have zero expectations about succeeding in this world. What I mean by that is, I work hard but not for the result of 'making it'. I work hard for the result of 'understanding people' and storytelling. I work hard but not on the condition that I am going to get a job. That's why you're reading words from my heart right now and not a classic 'Acting Bio' listing achievements and credits. Most of the time, I'm in my house; it's early; it's dark; it's cold; and I'm working like a detective to figure out what has influenced the life of the person I'm exploring, what is the rhythm of their body? The sound of their voice? Playing. I play to understand. And at our essence, I believe all people want to be understood. I love it and I also respect that I may not be right for every role but that won't be because I didn't prepare or explore or play enough. It will simply be, that this story needs a different actor. But the day that role comes, all of who I am, will serve it.
In essence, I focus on practising self-awareness and humility while I work every day towards my legacy. I play to serve.
2017 WS Lead: Edmund, Shakespeare Republic Episode 02: Edmund / Incognita Enterprises, Sally McLean
2017 WS Ensemble Cast: Edmund, Shakespeare Republic Episode 08: Jaques / Incognita Enterprises, Sally McLean
2017 WS Ensemble Cast: Edmund, Shakespeare Republic Episode 09: Cleopatra / Incognita Enterprises, Sally McLean
2016 VO Voice Over, Go Home On Time Day / Atticus Media / Danielle Karalus
2017 MC Brooke Wyeth, Other Desert Cities Jon Robin-Baitz / HFAS / Howard Fine
2017 MC Ellen Van Oss, Two Rooms Lee Blessing / HFAS / Howard Fine
2016 MC Jessie Cates, Night, Mother Marsha Norman / HFAS / Howard Fine
2016 MC Olivia, Twelfth Night William Shakespeare / HFAS / Stephen Costan & Marilyn McIntyre
2016 SS Steffy Blondell, I Ought To Be In Pictures Neil Simon / HFAS / Marilyn McIntyre
2016 SS Lynette, Anything For You Cathy Celesia / HFAS / Sarah Hallam, Shane Savage
2016 SS Murk, Savage In Limbo John Patrick Shanley / HFAS / Sarah Hallam, Shane Savage
2016 SS Jessica Titan, Three Years From Thirty Mike O’Malley / HFAS / Marilyn McIntyre
2016 SS Marquise de Merteuil, Les Liaisons Dangereuses Christopher Hampton / HFAS / Sarah Hallam
2015 SS Florence Ungar, The Female Odd Couple Neil Simon / HFAS / Shane Savage
2015 SS Olive Madison, The Female Odd Couple Neil Simon / HFAS / Howard Fine
2015 SS Izzy, Rabbit Hole David Lindsay-Abaire / HFAS / Marilyn McIntyre
2015 O Dorothy (Online Class) Featured in Office Hours, “Skype w Falon” / Masterclass.com / Dustin Hoffman
2015, ST Alexandra (Lead), Escape of the Werewolf Philip Scott / Trunk Entertainment / Alistair Marks
2016 ST (Director) The Annual Ball: The Hall, The Ball, The Gown & the Music Dorothy Nicol, OpenActive
Created, adapted and directed by Australian actor, Sally McLean and produced by Incognita Enterprises, Shakespeare Republic is an internationally award-winning web series currently in its second season that celebrates not just the world’s greatest playwright, but also his insightful understanding of the big issues of his time. Insights that still hold relevance today and form the basis for a truly diverse, inventive and epic journey into the nature of being human.
HOWARD FINE ACTING STUDIO Graduate
Howard Fine Graduate of the Full Time Professional Acting program
STARLIGHT CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION
Medical treatment is only part of the picture when it comes to the wellbeing of a seriously ill child. While health professionals focus on treating illness, Captain Starlight is the super hero who captures a sick kid's imagination and creates a healing environment filled with entertainment, fun, laughter and joy.
In 2015, 10 weeks into my Acting Course, I submitted a scene from Jerry Maguire to Masterclass.com. This was noticed by Dustin Hoffman who was kind enough to call me in Australia and discuss my work. His intelligence, humour, insight and kindness have guided me since.