This former pharmacy student has found the right prescription for a creative lifestyle
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.
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.
I’ve had this toy car since I was a little kid. My parents gave it to me.
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