Ishak Issa

This for­mer phar­macy stu­dent has found the right pre­scrip­tion for a cre­ative life­style

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Ishak Issa swapped med­i­cal scripts for film scripts and hasn’t looked back. It’s only been 18 months since the phar­macy stu­dent de­ferred his stud­ies to pur­sue his dream of be­ing an ac­tor.

“I would go to my phar­macy lec­tures and I would write film scripts and con­cepts, all these dif­fer­ent ideas,” Ishak says. “I did a bit of modelling to­wards the end of 2014 and started tap­ping into it and I re­alised I had al­ways loved act­ing.”

He de­cided to pur­sue his dream at the start of 2015 and in the past year has had roles in three films and two TV se­ries, in­clud­ing Janet King on the ABC and in­die fea­ture film Aus­tralian Spring.

Ishak (pro­nounced Isaac) has also been cast as a young man in trou­ble in up­com­ing Chan­nel 9 crime se­ries Hyde And Seek, a se­ries also fea­tur­ing Matt Nable, De­borra-lee Fur­ness and Zoe Ven­toura.

Born in Aus­tralia, Ishak’s fa­ther is Pales­tini­anIs­raeli and his Aus­tralian-born mother’s back­ground is Le­banese and French. He now lives with his grand­par­ents in Oat­ley in Syd­ney’s south.

“I used to live two blocks away but my grand­fa­ther’s health is fail­ing so I’ve moved d in to help my grand­mother look af­ter him,” he says. “It’s a pretty nice place in Oat­ley which is a su­per quiet sub­urb and it’s got a vil­lage at­mos­phere.”

It’s not the first time he’s lived with his grand­par­ents. Ishak first moved in with them em when he was nine years old af­ter be­ing bul­lied at school hool in a small town in cen­tral Queens­land.

“My par­ents worked in ru­ral Aus­tralia and I used to get bul­lied quite a bit when I lived there, so I ended up mov­ing to Syd­ney and my grand­par­ents par­ents took me in,” he ex­plains. “I was the only brown own kid that went to school there and I was also thee doc­tor’s son and I was a bit of a know-it-alll as well. I think it was a com­bi­na­tion of things.”

Ishak says he didn’t suf­fer bul­ly­ing again n in his life but the one pos­i­tive to come out of that t time was that it made him put pen to pa­per.

“It was ter­ri­ble but it got me writ­ing,” hee says. “It started the whole cre­ative side.”


My life re­volves around mu­sic, so I usu­ally have a set of ear­phones in or these head­phones on. Doesn’t mat­ter if I’m asleep or if I’m hav­ing a shower, the beau­ti­ful and melodic voice of Bey­once will not be si­lenced.

Finger­less gloves

Not only do they keep me warm in win­ter, but they’re finger­less, which means I can type on my phone and la lap­top with­out b break­ing a sweat.


I have dozens of scripts and sto­ries and con­cepts writ­ten out on my lap­top.

Toy car

I’ve had this toy car since I was a lit­tle kid. My par­ents gave it to me.


I love this coat, I wear it when­ever I can, even at the beach or dur­ing a sul­try sum­mer day ... I like it that much.

coat s summe much

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