Aspiring Townsville actor Enya Flett has secured herself a Summer School Scholarship at the New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, following a successful acting showcase in Los Angeles in December.
Enya was one of just 200 Australian and American artists invited to perform at ARTS International in LA last year, where she was able to demonstrate her acting chops for some of Hollywood’s leading casting directors and agents.
Enya said the ARTS Showcase equipped her with valuable insight into forging a career as an actor, from getting the headshot and audition right to defining and adhering to her own personal values.
“There were a lot of people at the ARTS who are working as actors and actually getting paid for it,” said Enya. “Aaron Marcus was one of the gentlemen: he’s spent his life as a commercial actor for the pharmaceutical market. It’s a big niche – he basically said he’s done everything by looking sick.
“And Abbie Cobb (NCIS, Grey’s Anatomy, Suburgatory) was our guest speaker. She said the most important thing is to be you. ‘You need to be humble, you need to be nice to make it in this industry’.”
Through four performances – a monologue, a film scene, a TV commercial, and photography modeling – Enya secured three call backs from industry representatives who recognised her potential.
“Studio LA was one, the New York Film Academy another, and the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. In the call backs, it was just wanting to speak with you and see where you could go with [acting] … if they could see you were enthusiastic, that’s how they gave out the scholarship.”
Enya will now use her Summer in New York to delve deeper into the world of acting for film.
“I love theatre, but they said if you want to get paid good money, or decent money, it is in film. So Summer School is about seeing whether I want to take film to the next level,” said Enya. “[The Conservatory’s program] is quite intense – five days a week from 9am to 6pm every day, training you as if you’re a professional actor. That will help me decide.”
Enya will next perform locally in Townsville Little Theatre’s Picnic at Hanging Rock, 20-23 March at Dancenorth.
Ozlink Talent Management’s next round of Townsville auditions will be held this weekend, with opportunities in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, New York and LA. For information or to apply, check out their Facebook page.