Bud’s Law: be not too proud

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ICON is a term of­ten bandied about, but few would dis­agree that vet­eran Aus­tralian ac­tor Charles ‘‘ Bud’’ Ting­well de­serves the ti­tle. ‘‘ What’s amazed me in look­ing back, is I have worked in the same in­dus­try all my life and some­how or other, I was able to feed the fam­ily and pay the bills,’’ he says.

Now in his 80s, Ting­well, who has worked as an ac­tor for over 60 years, shows no signs of stop­ping. ‘‘ I keep warn­ing young ac­tors to be very care­ful what you turn down,’’ he says.

‘‘ You don’t ever want to get too proud to do a tiny role in some­thing with a fine di­rec­tor and a great work­ing unit,’’ he says. ‘‘ When Tom Gleis­ner from Work­ing Dog asked me to work on Char­li­etheWon­derDog, this led to a role in that won­der­ful film TheCas­tle ,’’ he says.

Ac­cord­ing to the 2006/07 Ve­dior Asia Pa­cific Em­ploy­ment Trends Sur­vey, close to a third (32.35 per cent) of re­spon­dents in pro­fes­sional ser­vices (fi­nance, ac­coun­tancy, bank­ing, in­sur­ance, le­gal and con­sult­ing) are hav­ing dif­fi­culty sourc­ing tal­ent. The most dif­fi­cult cat­e­gory is ex­pe­ri­enced work­ers in the $50-80k salary bracket, fol­lowed by sup­port and ad­min­is­tra­tion staff ($30-50k), and mid-level man­agers/ex­ec­u­tives ($80-150k).

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