Act­ing dream now takes main stage

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By KA­RINA ABADIA

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?’’’

Go to and search Indigo Paul to do­nate.


Indigo Paul is rais­ing money to help cover her tu­ition fees at the Amer­i­can Academy of Dra­matic Arts in New York.

Go to auck­land­c­i­ty­har­bour and click on Lat­est Edi­tion to learn more about Indigo Paul’s fundrais­ing cam­paign.

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