Ex-Bay girl pursues dream of a movie career in the States
HERVEY Bay girl Becca Hayden is living out her childhood dreams in Los Angeles starring in film Tomorrow, but says she still calls Australia home.
The 28-year-old former student of Urangan and Hervey Bay State High Schools has been on a whirlwind ride since her endeavours to be an actor began.
Ms Hayden said she had taken a few classes "here and there" before enrolling at The Acting Corps in LA.
"My husband and I had a lengthy conversation about it and he basically said to me, 'Honey, you ain't getting any younger, if you're gonna do it you better do it now'."
Ms Hayden said she attended a casting for the film Tomorrow, a feature-length psychological thriller, not expecting a call-back.
"I guess I just showed something that they were looking for in the character and I'm very grateful they did take interest in me," she said.
Her family are her biggest fans and elder sister Tammy Alletag thinks it's wonderful she has put her heart and soul into it.
"She's still gone after her dreams even with two young boys to look after and a husband," she said.
While Ms Hayden had done web series and commercials before jetting off to America, her star is now on the rise.
"Since I've been in LA, I've filmed a few short films and performed in a theatre show for 10 weeks at the Next Stage in West Hollywood," she said.
The filming of Tomorrow is expected to wrap up in September, when Ms Hayden hopes to take on board more projects.
"I'm considering another theatre show and have a few short films and a web series that we will hopefully film before the year is out," she said.
Ms Hayden said she was blessed to still have the support of her family back in Australia.
"I really couldn't do any of this without their encouragement, love and support," she said.