YOUNG STAR ON CEN­TRE STAGE SE­LECTED FOR HOL­LY­WOOD TRAIN­ING

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Lifestyle - Tim Mayne

IF you asked most 12-yearolds what they wanted to be when they grow up, com­mon an­swers might in­clude a doc­tor, a fire­fighter, a po­lice of­fi­cer or an as­tro­naut.

But for Sal­ter Point high school stu­dent Chad Smith, the an­swer is to land a role in a ma­jor fea­ture film.

The Aquinas Col­lege stu­dent is cer­tainly on his way to achiev­ing that goal, af­ter land­ing a prized place in the Ac­tors In­ten­sive course in Hol­ly­wood un­der the watch­ful eye of the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Per­form­ing Arts (AIPA).

Chad’s mother Jo said she was ex­cited by the news, but also very ner­vous about send­ing her son to Los An­ge­les for the first time.

“To have such a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to be ac­cepted to study act­ing un­der highly re­garded tu­tors was some­thing we just couldn’t pass up; it also means Chad is a bet­ter ac­tor than we thought,” she said.

Jo said Chad had al­ways been an extrovert, ap­pear- ing as Fa­ther Christ­mas in his first play in kinder­garten at the age of four.

Chad went on to play an ugly step­sis­ter in his pri­mary school’s per­for­mance of Cin­derella at Perth Con­cert Hall and it was there he fell in love with per­form­ing in front of an au­di­ence.

“He’s now had a num­ber of roles – he has been in ad­ver­tise­ments for the Heart Foun­da­tion, Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion, Telethon, fea­tured on The Gruen Trans­fer, has been in two short films and two fea­ture films by Bal­ibo direc­tor Robert Con­nelly.

“Chad’s most re­cent ap­pear­ance was in the film Pa­per Planes with fel­low West Aus­tralian ac­tor Sam Wor­thing­ton.”

Chad says work­ing on Pa­per Planes with some of Aus­tralian act­ing’s big­gest names was a high­light.

“I met Deb­o­rah Mail­man, Peter Row­sthorn, Ed Ox­en­bould and David Wen­ham on the set and they were just amaz­ing, es­pe­cially Deb­o­rah, it was like she was back on Play School,” he said.

But Chad has not al­lowed his suc­cess go to his head, still mak­ing time for his school work and his friends who, he says, he will miss dur­ing his trip away.

“My friends are pretty ex­cited for me, but they are sad that I am go­ing away be­cause I won’t be able to be with them dur­ing the school hol­i­days,” he said.

Chad has been al­lowed time off school and boarded a plane bound for Los An­ge­les on the week­end un­der the su­per­vi­sion of his agent Marg Haynes, from AIPA, who was im­pressed with Chad’s raw tal­ent from the first time she saw him.

“Chad took part in a mas­ter class last year in Perth in front of some se­nior stu­dio ex­ec­u­tives and he was just a stand­out, but we didn’t re­alise he was so young,” Haynes said.

“There is some­thing about Chad that is just so nat­u­ral – he can pick up a script and he knows what to do with it.

“I see more than 10,000 au­di­tion tapes a year, so if some­one im­presses me I know straight away they are good and he cer­tainly im­pressed me.”

Chad Smith has headed off to Los An­ge­les to fur­ther hone his act­ing skills.

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