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Australian Aspiring Actor
Adriane Daff

This interview here on ActingCareerStartUp.com continues with Australian aspiring actor Adriane Daff talking about her long-term planning paid off and made it possibile for her to make the trip from Sydney to New York to study acting.

Note: Since this interview Adriane Daff has moved on in her career. She can no longer be considered a "aspiring" actor. I keep this interview on the website, because I'm sure that what Adrian talks about here when she was just starting out can help others as well. Thank you Adrian.

Adriane Daff

Tony: When did you first decide that you wanted to be an actor?

Adriane: I actually started off as a dancer. I spent most of my childhood dancing and it was when I was in my late teens that I realized that there was something I liked about performing, that didn’t necessarily have to do with dancing. After high school I auditioned for one of the major drama schools in Australia and oddly enough I got in. I say oddly enough, because I really didn’t expect to make it. So I did three years of a university degree which was really conservatory style training. So I guess it was when I was about 17 years old that I realized that it was really acting that I wanted to do.

Tony: So you auditioned for the conservatory when you were 17, studied for three years and then what was the next step in your progression?

Adriane: I actually started working as an actor in Australia, but I felt like there was something missing in my training. I didn’t feel like I was doing my best work. It was really strange because I was actually working as an actor, I had an agent and I was getting work consistently.

Tony: What kinds of acting jobs were you getting?

Adriane: I was mainly doing theatre, but I was doing a little bit of film work and some television as well. So, picking up where I left off in my explanation, I started looking at additional acting training that I could go and do, because I just didn’t feel like I was the best I could be. I graduated from the university when I was 20 and I just wasn’t very comfortable with the fact that I was encouraged to believe that now that I had done my training that I would be set for the rest of my career.  I really felt like I needed to do some more acting training.

Then, through my research of acting schools, which was mainly online I came across the Ward Studio here in New York. The six-week summer intensive seemed like a good way for me to go and do some really good and intense training. I knew it would take me out of my comfort zone and completely out of the country I’m from and where I learned acting. It seemed like a good opportunity to get a lot better in a short period of time.

Tony: So that was your first experience with Wendy Ward and her studio?

Adriane: Yeah, but after that experience with all the different courses, one being Meisner technique I, which met 3 times per week for 6 weeks, I thought to myself that “now I have to go back and take Meisner tech II!” and so that’s why I came back now.

Tony: You say you will be here for 18 months now. Correct?

Adriane: Yes.

Tony: What is it that you hope to accomplish in these 18 months in New York? What are your goals?

Adriane: It’s interesting you ask that, because the further I get into my acting training, the goal posts so to speak keep changing, my goals and what I want keep getting larger and larger. My abilities seem to be stretching and so as that happens, my goals and aspirations stretch with them.

Goal Setting

Tony: So is that because that now that you are getting better as an actor and you can do things now that you couldn’t do a year ago acting wise, your goals are getting bigger and you yourself are becoming more ambitious?

Adriane: Yes! When I left Australia to do the six-week intensive here in NY, my goal was to just finish it, just to get through it, but then when you find that you have the possibility to have the chance to study acting in New York for an 18 month stretch, you realize that you have more time to achieve an even bigger goal. So that certainly has a little bit to do with it. Being in an environment that is conducive to learning more and without all the distractions that allows you to concentrate more on what you want to do really helps a lot.

End of part 1

In part 2 of this interview with aspiring actor Adriane Daff, she talks about how she was actually able to make her dream of studying acting in the USA come true.

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