ACTOR | SCREEN | STAGE | VOICE
Who am i?
I am a professional storyteller. But I have a long way to go; I'm working hard to become a great storyteller. It's what I do every day and that, I hope, will be my legacy.
My daily work ethic is driven by self-awareness. I am aware that I need to work hard to be capable of being a great storyteller. I mostly feel grateful that I work in a craft that relies on the privilege and responsibility of the act of empathy.
I have experienced this working on Shakespeare Republic as Edmund from King Lear. Framed as a villain, I came to understand the vulnerability of someone at risk of an uncertain future in a world where the first born inherits all and where being a bastard meant you were lowly or base.
Questioning birthright and challenging social status - when you know that both your mind and heart are worthy, would you not deserve the chance to fulfil your own destiny? This question was at the core of Edmund
Through my work performing at the bedsides of children in hospitals across Australia, I have the chance to create laughter and touch hearts in some of the most vulnerable people. The key is to recognise what is working and what isn't and to remain authentic–a child is both joyful in a world of imaginative play and fantasy and critical of inauthenticity. Sometimes it inspires the simple act of inventing a song, inventing a story with them as the hero or a naive clown who needs to be taught how the world works, but in all cases, the world must be transformed into an imaginative and playful place.
Empathy helps the world experience oneness; the connection we have to each other. It's real and great movements in history have been based on knowing this. Professional acting takes time, diligent analysis, physical and vocal work et alia for the love of understanding.
I come from humble beginnings: I lived and explored the caravan park as a kid believing I was a great adventurer, I disguised myself to pretend I was wealthy to attend a finishing school and made sure my dog knew she was my best friend. That same kid grew up and explored dance, trail riding, scuba, islands, love, heart break, adventure, hardship, elevation, painting, music, poetry, literature and all out of curiosity. Living life with all of my senses - that makes me the person I am today and the actor that I am. There is no separation.
I AM MY VOICE
Those four words were taught to me by Mr Coury. Therein lies ownership of all of who you are: "I am my voice". Self-awareness. Being able to look yourself in the mirror and accept who you truly are; the light, the dark, the unexplored. To be willing to be challenged and to know that what you speak , how you speak it and why you speak it is who you are in that moment. That means you have responsibility to yourself In the moments when no one is watching as well as when they are.
At my soul's core, I am a lover of heart. It is what shakes me to my core. Whether it be within myself or within others, I recognise it keenly. To have heart is to have the will necessary to strive for an impossible star. My north star is similar to these words spoken:
"I come in a world of iron to make a world of gold" - Miguel de Cervantes as Don Quixote
Story must be honoured in order to be told and the heart of a storyteller makes the actor who has the will to tell it. Thats is why each of us is unique. I say "us" very pointedly. Collectively, we share stories and ideas and lessons learned. I am not alone in this craft. There is oneness with each actor and each crew member in the craft. I am simply one piece in one very large field of dreams.
I am standing on the shoulders of great teachers. Nothing I have ever done has been without those who've taught me humility. Life teaches, yes, but there is a quality to learning from those wiser than us. If I am to gain wisdom I will first need to listen. Listening is what led me to the Howard Fine Acting Studio: a place where acting is a Mastery of Craft, where you work diligently with your whole being to find authentic connection within the given circumstances. Studying there full time is the reason I have begun a professional career in acting.
I have zero expectations about succeeding in this world. Each time I say it, I have to let that sink in. What I mean by that is, I work hard but without expectation. I work hard because I love it: I want to understand your story and I want my instrument to be played on. The days where there is a story in my hand are the days that all of who I am arrives to serve it. But that can only happen because of the work ethic and playground I have developed.
Legacy. That word is the reason why you're reading these words from my heart, here at the beginning, and not a list of credits. I truly believe you will know more about me through my voice in these words written with you in mind. I am an actor, lovingly so, and I speak highly of it because I and my beloved craft both come in this world of iron to make a world of gold.
If you have read this far, thank you for your time.
Short clips showing my vocal play
Accent: Birmingham, england
Playing, "Kelly" from her real story.
Kelly is 32 and was born in West Bromwich and raised in Great Barr (approx 5 miles from the center of Birmingham where she's still living.
ACCENT: CORK, IRELAND
Playing "Margaret" from her Real Story:
Margaret is 32 years of age. She was born and raised on the Northside of Cork in Ballyvolane. Margaret is now living in Bishopstown on the southside of Cork.
ACCENT: DUBLIN, IRELAND
Playing, "Joy" from her real story.
Joy is 33. Raised in Inchicore but moved, while still a child to Rialto and lives there now with her partner and daughter. Inchicore and Rialto are both inner city areas of Southside Dublin. Joy has worked in a chinese takeaway restaurant since she was a teenager.
2017 WS Edmund, Shakespeare Republic Episode 02: Edmund / Incognita Enterprises, Sally McLean
2017 WS Edmund, Shakespeare Republic Episode 08: Jaques / Incognita Enterprises, Sally McLean
2017 WS Edmund, Shakespeare Republic Episode 09: Cleopatra / Incognita Enterprises, Sally McLean
2018 VO Voice Over, Dermedique / Commercial / Freelance
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 & David Coury
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
Music | Singing, Guitar (Basic), Ukulele (Intermediate)
Visual Art | Painting, Drawing, Sketching, Photography, Calligraphy.
Adventure | PADI Advanced Open Water Scuba Licence, Flat Water Kayaking, Flat Water Canoeing, Abseiling, Rock-climbing, Bush Navigation, Survival Skills, First Aid.
ADVANCED OPEN WATER SCUBA DIVER
Specialties: Deep Diver, Drift Diver, Equipment Specialist, Wreck Diver, Underwater Navigator, Boat Diver, Cavern Diver, Night Diver
Vehicle Licences | Open Class Driver's Licence, Marine Licence, Jetski Licence, RE Class Motorcycle Licence.
Dance | Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Ballroom Tango, Argentine Tango, Cuban Salsa, LA Style Salsa, Merengue, Lambada, Zouk, Samba, Cha-Cha, Rhumba.
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
- Acting Technique: Howard Fine, Marilyn McIntyre, Sarah Hallam, Shane O'Connor
- Voice: David Coury, Stephen Costan
- Alexander Technique: Penny McDonald, Jean-Louis Rodrigue
STARLIGHT CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION
As a Captain, I travel to the bedside of children in hospitals across Australia to perform in order to lift their spirits and remind them that their illness does not define them. Also, I have represented the Starlight Children's Foundation as a speaker engaging with CEOs to encourage investment in what we do and, as part of the Wish Granting process, delivering an extraordinary dance experience to an extraordinary young man.
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.