Consistency hard work dedication and commitment, are words that penetrate my very essence. In life what we put in, is truly what we get back and as a mature age Actor working in the tough industry that is my home here in Australia, I stop to share with those who may not know where first to begin in making their dreams come true.
I first met John Orcsik over 15 years ago when an acting friend of mine told me to take a workshop at this then little academy called TAFTA “The Australian Film and Television Academy”
I have never looked back.
In December of 1983 John Orcsik finished up working on Channel 7 long running series Cop Shop, I was 13 years old and hadn’t been brought up watching very much television at all but I was lucky enough to have caught a couple of episodes where I watched this strong vibrant man, truly bring his character to life, so it was wonderful all those years later to find myself working alongside him and learning from some amazing casting directors and producers.
Recently I had the pleasure of working with Thea McLeod, casting director for Channel 10 series the very popular and long running “Neighbours” The time spent with this lady is truly invaluable and I cant stress enough how very important it is for actors to hone their craft on a regular basis.
I’m not an Agent, I’m not being paid to share my personal journey nor have I been asked to, Im simply in the mix just like thousands of other actors out there who are passionate about their craft and about giving back. I’ve always believed in sharing knowledge, networking and asking lots of questions. If knowledge equals power, then surely sharing and supporting our industry only empowers us all.
I’m hoping this message in its small way will encourage those of you who are young and also the more mature acting students, to step up and take the plunge. If you want to work in this industry and I know from years of personal highs and lows, that its imperative for you to train and to meet and greet the very people who will cast you. You need that chance of being remembered, and importantly you also personally need to build the confidence that’s necessary to continue your evolution as an Actor and as an entertainer.
I recall a Director once saying to me “acting is the best job in the world just don’t get caught doing it”
Over the 25 years that I have lived in Melbourne Victoria Australia, ive had the most awesome time working on so many really wonderful productions, including the movie Ghost Rider, and television series including City Homicide, Mr and Mrs Murder, House Husbands and numerous TVCs-Television Commercials, but it all started with meeting the casting directors and acquiring good management.
So you want that juicy role, then give TAFTAs John Orcsik a call and tell him that I sent you and be ready to work hard and never give up. There is no such thing as failure if you turn up and just do the job.