Acting dream now takes main stage
Indigo Paul has never had a plan B.
She was 10 years old when she decided she wanted to be an actress and she has been working towards making her dream a reality ever since.
‘‘I was one of those slightly weird kids who wanted to be an actor when they are really young. Most people grow out of it, but I didn’t.’’
She started acting classes in year 6 and continued right through her schooling.
‘‘I’ve just always wanted to make something that touches people and is something that I can really own and be proud of.’’
Since graduating from ACG Parnell College in 2013, she has been getting as much acting experience under her belt as possible.
The Mt Eden resident has experience in theatre productions, music videos, short films and last year landed a minor role in the international film Sunset Song.
The 18-year-old’s determination to succeed has paid off – she has been accepted into the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.
In September, she will be the first New Zealander to join the academy, which accepts just 400 applicants from about 6000 hopefuls at its two campuses.
But there’s a catch – the cost. Tuition for the two-year associate of occupational studies degree is $29,900 a year.
She will receive $12,000 in the form of a scholarship and financial aid, and has set up a fundraising page for the remaining $17,900.
What excites her most is the calibre of the teaching staff and alumni, she says.
Actors who have studied there include Anne Hathaway, Paul Rudd, Danny DeVito and Robert Redford.
Paul auditioned for the academy in Melbourne, but the trip didn’t exactly go to plan. Within an hour of being there, she had her passport and wallet stolen.
‘‘I was just sitting in a cafe and had my bag down beside me. When I went to pay, it was gone.’’
Paul was told she’d have to fly to the New Zealand consulate-general in Sydney to apply for a new passport.
But that would have meant missing the audition. In the end, she was granted a passport waiver, which enabled her to return to New Zealand. The audition went much better than her arrival and, three days later, she heard she’d been accepted.
‘‘I was very excited. Then very quickly I thought OK, ‘so how am I going to pay for tuition?’’’
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Indigo Paul is raising money to help cover her tuition fees at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.
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