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Danielle Aquilina has al­ways had a flair for dra­mat­ics.

The Cairns lo­cal is an ed­u­ca­tor at The Young Com­pany The­atre by day and a stage ac­tor by night, but still re­mem­bers her first brush with act­ing.

“I’m a Cairns girl born and bred,” she says. “I went to school at Bal­a­clava State School, Fresh­wa­ter State School and Trin­ity Bay.

“When I was nine years old I saw a trav­el­ling group of ac­tors who came to Bal­a­clava. Since then I knew I wanted to act for chil­dren.”

She says her dream for a long time was to work on a chil­dren’s tele­vi­sion show.

“I would love to be on Playschool, or even to join a group like The Wig­gles,” she says.

De­spite her pas­sion for en­ter­tain­ing chil­dren, the 24-yearold’s ris­ing star has re­cently taken her on an­other equally thrilling path.

“Last year I was in a feature film called Ce­leste op­po­site Thomas Coc­querel, which was amaz­ing,” she ex­plains. “Since be­ing in the film I’ve been in­spired to fol­low a ca­reer in film and tele­vi­sion.”

She says it will be a big tran­si­tion from work­ing on stage to por­tray­ing roles des­tined for the sil­ver screen.

“Film is re­ally dif­fer­ent from be­ing on stage, it’s re­ally chal­leng­ing in a dif­fer­ent way,” Danielle says.

“When you’re on stage you only have one chance to get it right, whereas when you’re in front of the cam­era it cap­tures ev­ery sin­gle lit­tle de­tail.”

The ac­tor says the process of get­ting a tiny snip­pet of story right for screen is an in­cred­i­bly long process, un­like per­form­ing on stage for im­me­di­ate au­di­ence con­sump­tion.

“I was on set for two very big days when it was be­ing shot in In­n­is­fail,” she says. “We got in at 5am for hair and makeup, which lasted for two hours, be­fore we started shoot­ing. To get 10 min­utes worth of footage took al­most the full 48 hours I was there.

“It was a re­ally ex­cit­ing ex­pe­ri­ence though, the crew knew it was my first time on a film set and they were re­ally sup­port­ive.”

Now that Danielle is back to act­ing and teach­ing lo­cally she says she’s had some time to as­sess her hopes and dreams.

“As much as I love act­ing for chil­dren I’m also fall­ing in love with drama as a genre,” she says.

“I love the raw­ness and get­ting to ex­plore those emo­tions on the film, and it’s given me a lot to think about. But at this stage in my ca­reer I’m re­ally open to any­thing that comes along.”

She says that’s the at­ti­tude young peo­ple want­ing to pur­sue cre­ative ca­reers have to adopt.

“I’d love to en­cour­age ev­ery­one to do the thing that they’re pas­sion­ate about,” she says. “Even if it’s not for­ever, it’s worth pur­su­ing your pas­sion at least once.”

Her new­est project, Rondo The­atre pro­duc­tion Boe­ing Boe­ing, is the ac­tor’s very first farce.

“It’s ab­so­lutely hi­lar­i­ous and gogo-go with no room for er­rors,” she says.

Catch Danielle in Boe­ing Boe­ing from next Fri­day at the Rondo The­atre. Tick­ets on­line from Tick­etlink, www.tick­ or at the door.

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