Media Release – 27 October 2014

Aspiring actors will be better equipped for breaking into the industry thanks to The Actor’s Professional Kickstart Conference, hosted by the Canberra Academy of Dramatic Art (CADA) in Fyshwick on 14-15 November 2014.

A first-ever for Canberra, the two-day conference will feature workshops, master classes, lectures and special guest appearances to provide actors aged 17 to 25 years with the tips and know-how to help guide a career in the industry.

“Recent school-leavers are often unsure about how to move forward with an acting career,” said Elizabeth Scott, Director of CADA.  “For example, do they need an agent?  Should they go to drama school?  This conference will provide young people with the insider knowledge and industry secrets to decide whether or not they want to pursue acting as a career, and if so, how to go about it.”

Entertainment professionals will provide their insights and guidance, including Andy Minh Trieu (host of Pop Asia on SBS TV, star of Kitchen Ninja on Foxtel and martial arts champion).  Andy will run an excitement-filled stage combat workshop and will also be part of a panel discussion on how to get work as an actor.

“This is a chance to test whether acting is the career for you, even if you’ve never acted before,” said Elizabeth.  “We’ll look beyond the glamour and the red carpet and reveal the true secrets of what can be a very satisfying career.”

Meet other likeminded people and participate in a region of sessions including: what acting isn’t; five tips for working with scripts; working in TV; how to get an agent; as well as the difference between stage and screen acting.

Early bird tickets are available until 31 October 2014 at just $49 (increasing to $200 from 1 November 2014).  Book online at www.cada.net.au/actors-pro .

The Canberra Academy of Dramatic Art (CADA) is Canberra’s leading drama school, with a mission to build a generation of performers through a sense of self and story.  www.cada.net.au.

For media enquiries, including interviews with actor Andy Minh Trieu or CADA Director Elizabeth Scott, please contact Fleur Charlton at Threesides on 02 6249 1117 or [email protected]

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