Leon brings it back home
POPULAR actor Leon Burchill was back in Mossman this week and says there’s no place like home.
After spending a few days catching up with family and friends, Mr Burchill was invited to the Yarrabah Youth Employment and Careers Expo yesterday to inspire youths to achieve their dreams.
MC Elverina Johnson said the event is very important to the people of Yarrabah as it shows that there are no ends to possibilities in life.
“For Yarrabah’s community, it is vitally important that we educate and encourage our youth with training and employment opportunities.
“It means starting as young as primary school with a focus on the 14-25 year age group,” she said.
Event director Kathrena Mcrae said that Leon Burchill was a perfect example of a young indigenous person who left home to pursue his dreams.
“One of the reasons we chose Leon was because he is a good example of someone who did really well in school, he is a local and a great role model to the indigenous children living in the region,” she said.
“I think a lot of kids in the Yarrabah community are very close to their families and shifting away from employment and training is a big issue for them, so it’s important that we can open their opportunities with great examples,” she said.
Mr Burchill was an inspiration to the children as he shared his journey of becoming an actor through his studies of Visual Arts at the Cairns Institute of TAFE and later his studies of Drama at Swinburne University in Melbourne for a Diploma in Theatre and Small Business.
He is an example of a young indigenous person who moved to Brisbane to study at the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts and later auditioned for the National Institute of Dramatic Arts - where he was the only aboriginal student.
“I’ve never thought of myself as a role model but I know how important it is to share and inspire others through what I’ve achieved,” Leon said.
“I have performed in numerous plays in theatre over the years, including Shakespeare and several short films and documentaries, along with my latest feature film Stone Bros,” Mr Burchill said.
His next adventure is an Australian feature which is yet to be titled, however his latest project was an advertisement with Bundaberg Rum which has just recently been released.