13 January 2012. 7pm. Sydney.
The sun is setting and my 26th birthday is drawing to a close. With this comes the end of my 366 Days of Making It. project. It has been a real learning experience and a tumultuous year filled with some amazing highs and incredible challenges. I have cherished the learning curves I have made and the friends and contacts I have forged over the course of this amazing year.
Across the past 366 days, I shot my first national commercial, had my first audition for a lead role in a major Hollywood film, wrote and co-produced a show at the Sydney Fringe Festival (which was nominated for an award) as well as performed in another independent theatre production and short film. I was also involved in Griffin Theatre’s Story Lab program and am at the interview stage for their Emerging Cultural Leaders Program. To top it off, I begin work for Bell Shakespeare’s Players Program tomorrow!
It has been a wonderful year and a challenging blog project – I set myself this task one year ago and have worked tirelessly to ensure I achieved my goal of working as both an actor and a writer in this industry. I feel as though my dedication and tenacity has paid off this year, although I recognise that a great journey still awaits me! I have learned that this industry is all about perseverance, hard work, a belief in yourself and the positive mind to speak a resounding ‘yes’ to every possible opportunity! Put yourself out there, do the hard yards and reap the rewards. There are a lot of great and supportive people out there in the industry who you can learn from and work with! Cherish it and enjoy the ride!
Thank you to everyone who has supported me and been there from me: my mentors, colleagues, friends and family – you have helped to make this year a great one as well as a (slightly) less stressful one!
So what awaits me in 2013? Tomorrow I start work with Bell Shakespeare Company – I am both excited and jittery! I plan to complete my Shakespearean play adaptation. I also aim to update my showreel and invite some of Australia’s leading agents to my Bell Shakespeare show at the Sydney Opera House in the mid-year so that I can secure a great agent! The rest is up to the opportunities that come my way and the positive attitude of “yes“!
All the best to you all on your adventures in following your dreams and thank you all for following me on mine! My friends say I can now change this blog to “Made It.” but I don’t believe I’ve quite done that… yet! And so the crazy career journey continues! Onwards and upwards!