Like Toronto, Berlin, Chicago, and Paris-- Sydney is a smaller industry market than LA and NYC. The most common question I get asked as an actor who was once based in NYC and is now based in Sydney, is 'Do you think it's easier to make it as an actor in Australia than it is in the US?' And my answer is: proportionally, I think it's pretty much the same. As in any smaller market, there are fewer opportunities, but there is less competition too-- they tend to cancel each other out.
The second most common question I get asked as an actor born with US/Australian dual-citizenship (apart from the only half-kidding 'Will you marry me?'s), is 'Why on Earth don't you move to LA?' There is a seemingly unmovable belief here in Australia that anyone worth anything should move overseas if they possibly can. I kind of feel the opposite way. I think everyone would live in Australia if they possibly could have a successful career while doing it (Cate Blanchette, Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman being just a few examples of successful actors who have chosen to keep Australia as their home-base).
|With my husband at Sydney Harbour|
Now, I am on a mission to dissolve geographical limitations. I am building a global empire where geography is not an obstacle. I can self-tape, Skype, call, and hop on a plane if it's worth it. Starting this blog with other actors from around the world who wish to do the same is part of my journey. Come on the journey with us-- join the revolution:-)