Fishing for her future in the US
HOLLYWOOD-BOUND Home and Away starlet Rhiannon Fish has no intention of returning to live in Australia. The 22-year-old says she has a place to stay in West Hollywood and will leave for the US early in 2014, in time for pilot season (January-March) when auditions for new TV shows are held in Los Angeles.
Fish has had a deep and meaningful discussion with her partner, 2011 The X Factor winner Reece Mastin, about having a long distance relationship and the importance of her being permanently based in the US.
Mastin and Fish met last year during the shooting of his music video Shout It Out. He has been a regular audience member while Fish competes in Dancing with the Stars. ‘‘I am not coming back,’’ Fish says. ‘‘I’ll visit, because my family is here, but you have to totally commit to the fight there.
‘‘It’s one thing to send tapes but you have to be in those rooms to show you want it.’’
Fish is confident the long-distance relationship with Mastin is possible, having seen her mother and father successfully conduct one for the past 10 years. Her father lives in Russia, returning home for a few weeks each year and Fish says this shows her it is possible.
‘‘Absence does make the heart grow fonder and I think it’s made their relationship stronger,’’ she says. ‘‘We will make it work.’’ Fish has already started the auditioning process for US movies and TV shows after finding herself LAbased management.
The Canadian-born actress says she’s aware of how tough it is to break through in the US, especially after watching the ABC series Next Stop Hollywood earlier this year. It detailed the plight of several Australian actors during pilot season.
That’s why she needs to base herself permanently in the US and not think about when she will return to Australia, she says.
‘‘I’m going to stay and have Christmas with Reece and my family and then I’ll head over to the US in January,’’ Fish says.
‘‘I watched it ( Next Stop Hollywood) with another couple of actors and we were like ‘wow’ this industry is tough. To see that show first and what exactly those people had to go through was an eye opener.’’
– DARREN CARTWRIGHT
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