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Creative ID: 035

Art form(s): Dance, Interarts, Theatre, Film, Multi-Disciplinary, Public Speaking, Television Acting.

Based in: Westmere/Auckland. 

When I'm available: Currently available full-time in 2020 whilst working around acting commitments.

Where I'm available: I am available in Auckland and am prepared to look at areas outside of Auckland.

My arts or creative practice (including details about my specific focus within that art form/practice and my strengths)

I have worked extensively in the entertainment industry for 35 years. My first profession was ballet, dancing with a Ballet Company and from there I transitioned into acting. Within the acting field I have been involved in theatre, television, film and in the voice-over advertising arena. I have also worked as a journalist for television and the print media. Another field that I have worked passionately in is in the public speaking arena specialising in motivational talks for young people.

My track record of experience and success - or the track record of experience and success of the creative or artist that I will partner with

I have worked consistently in the entertainment industry for well over three decades establishing myself as one of New Zealand's most recognisable and trusted faces on and off the screen. As a member of a minority I have required resilience, intellect and innovation to succeed in a competitive industry. I am proud to say that I was the youngest person to become a member of a Ballet Company and was also a ground breaker in making an Asian face a popular household name. A career highlight was a tour of New Zealand Schools speaking to young people on the importance of self-belief. Running children's drama classes over the last two decades has not only allowed me to help young aspiring actors but also to further help the youth of tomorrow in believing in themselves no matter their colour, creed or sexuality.

  • Accepted and studied at the world renowned acting school National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) Sydney, Australia.
  • Nominated as best actress in a television series for the Qantas Film and Television Awards.

Describe the experience you have had working with children or young people, teaching or facilitating creative processes

Over the last 20 years I have facilitated many acting workshops for children who have ranged from primary school age through to university age. I have run these lessons in a private tuition environment and also in groups for schools, modelling agencies and establishments such as TAPAC. Quite often these workshops have focused on audition techniques; giving young people tools to work on audition scripts and teaching them about the audition process for films, television and commercials. This I have found to be of premium interest to young aspiring actors and an addition to the school drama curriculum.

Why I want to be part of the Creatives in Schools programme and how my involvement will link to my creative practice

I am passionate about helping create a more diverse landscape on our screens and in our media and it is via the youth that I believe we can instigate change. My career in the entertainment world has been full of challenges due to the industry being largely a Eurocentric industry. I grew up rarely seeing role models akin to me, thus succeeding in my career has been incredibly fulfilling, helping to change that demographic. I would like to continue assisting the industry move forward and be more inclusive. In particular but not exclusively I want to help children who for varying reasons may struggle to move into the creative industry with ease. Via creative performance it is my passion to help children move into the adult world with confidence, self-belief and self-love no matter what field they choose.

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