Please introduce yourself to the readers:
Hi I'm Kate Austin, actress from the Land down under
How and when did you first get into performing?
I started pretty young. ballet from 4 yrs old. My first well paid gig was when I was 6 Dancing and singing at the Sydney Opera House. Its always been in my blood and it is my happy place when I'm living it.
Who were some of your biggest inspirations?
There was an array of people along the way. But a few of my biggest inspirations now are Cate Blanchett and Dame Judy Dench.
What kind have training have you done?
You can never stop learning and training in this field, so I have studied at many places between Sydney and LA for both Theater and film. I graduated with a 3 year Diploma of Performance straight out of film school at ACTT. At the time I felt a little chained by being back in an institution but looking back those 3 years taught me some of the best lessons in my life. It wasn't just about acting, being 100% dedicated to your craft teaches you more about yourself than you can imagine.
What has been your favorite role to play so far?
I find a love in each role I play. I am definitely drawn to the left of center characters though. Dark, edgy and gritty roles are my favorites as they are so much more challenging but I do love the feeling when your on set playing a fun character that's lighthearted and silly.
What projects do you have coming up?
I have a Western called the Reckoning in pre-production right now. I love that westerns are making a comeback. So much fun to be part of especially when your one of the bad guys!! I've also just jumped on the other side of the camera and directed a film called Brother. I am enjoying the process of being creative on the other side as well.
Who would be your ideal co-star and why?
Daniel Day Lewis. Someone that's so incredibly dedicated to their craft that can completely transform themselves in any role. To be working with someone like that would be the greatest honor.
What are your plans for the future?
Well I'm moving my life to the states, so my intention is to live out my dream of being involved in films all the time. More in front of the camera but a little behind as well with my production company Provoke Pictures.
What is your advice to other aspiring artists?
Its not enough to just be an actor and wait for your agent to call. You need to create opportunities for yourself. Get involved in as many productions as possible. Leave your ego behind. It doesn't serve you. Don't take yourself to seriously. Be kind to everyone you work with, you never know, the runner on a little short could be a big director one day. Most importantly have fun. This industry is amazing, celebrate it!