|At what stage in your career did you realise that acting could be something you do professionally?
I thought it was something I felt I could do well. That feeling you get when you know you can do something even though you've never done it before (and it's usually right).
I suppose after my first play where, even though I was nervous doing it, I had a pretty natural ability to get into a character, memorize my lines fairly quickly and deliver them in a believable way.
When people told me they liked my work on stage and in short films.
Upon moving to the Lexington, Kentucky area, I auditioned for the summer outdoor theater production of "The Legend of Daniel Boone." For the next six years I would work professional with this theater company not only as a lead actor, but on a number of developmental projects. Additionally, I would assume the artistic and operational direction of the Jessamine County Student Theater as a supplimental arm of the county school system.
When it hit me that this is what I want to do with my life, I was on the set of of a feature as an extra. It wasn't glamorous, we had to do a lot of physical work. We (extras) were sitting in a field waiting while the crew was setting up for the next shot. As I was taking it all in something just clicked in my head, that this was for me.
About when I was 14, I started thinking about it, but it was really after I started uni, and the teachers influence ecouraged me that it was actually possible and that it is a career and a life as weel as an art.
After completing formal education at the University of Sydney, I decided to enrol in an acting school. That is where I realised that I could and should persue acting professionally. Getting cast as a lead in an independent feature film in 2009 was a catalyst for that decision.
I worked at the DC Improv in Washington DC as a doorman and I got to see awesome comedy acts, and it dawned on me that this could be a real profession.
I realized it very early on. I knew that it was a love and a passion of mine, and as long as I keep working toward it and chasing this big dream of mine, it can become my every day career.
I would have to say on the set of the feature film "Law Abiding Citizen", it was really then that I realized I can do this and I was a natural in front of the camera.
When i did my first community play and i got offered a job.
Half way through preparing the role of Hal Carter in "Summer Brave" by William Inge, I realized that acting well required a level of work ethic and love I had never seen before. So many actors don't practice very much. At the same time of this show's run, I was reading Michael Chekhov's first book. I realized that he had spent an amazing amount of his time practicing, trying, failing, and learning before he could do what he did. I respect that, and I want to be that great of an actor. I want to act because I can easily see myself dedicated to the craft as much as he was.
I knew I had reached a point in my life where I needed a change from the EVERYDAY.
At the time, I was working in construction, and grown tired of the same old same ole. I knew deep down I wanted to do something that I HAD control of. Something that would be there threw a bad economy as well as a good one. And I got to thinking.....
When we die, we all know of the first person who we should call. But I thought, what about all the people still alive? They need to be entertained, and that is when it hit me that acting was the road for me.
I was on a theatre with my classmates, and that's when I realized that acting was my dream. But I've never been so much into theatres, rather movies.
After my first show, everyone, even people I didn't know, started coming up to me and telling me how great I was in the play. They said that I was well composed and I knew all my lines, and that I was the most creative and mature out of everyone else on the stage. I didn't realize that I was that good. I was doing the play just for fun. But then I realized that everyone thought I was good and I really enjoyed it. That was when I realized that I wanted to be an actress for a living.
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