Hollywood next stop for Basil
ROSS Medew is ready to go to Hollywood.
The Maryborough man has been keen on performing for as long as he can remember and has starred in many Z-Pac productions over the years.
He was on Facebook a few weeks ago when he noticed a link for the Stella Adler acting school in America.
The exclusive school only accepts a limited number of people and Ross filled out a lengthy questionnaire to apply – then crossed everything, hoping he would be one of the lucky few.
One of the questions was: What makes you different to every other actor?
Ross said he replied that it was his willingness to do anything required for a role – and he has proved that many times at the Z-Pac Theatre, shaving a bald patch on his head for his role as Basil in the production of Fawlty Towers and dressing in drag for various productions.
Ross will leave for Los Angeles on October 23 and will go through a rigorous few weeks of training.
He will be introduced at some of Hollywood’s hottest restaurants, bars and clubs and have 100 professional headshots done.
He must learn three monologues before he leaves and one of those will be selected for filming.
Ross will also audition in front of between 25 and 30 casting agencies.
Ross was told not to rely on the reactions of casting agents when determining whether he was successful.
“Apparently casting agents are pretty stony-faced,” he said.
“Even if they think you’re the best actor ever it’s extremely rare to get a reaction.”
Ross is prepared for that and he is also prepared to return home and wait to hear where this opportunity might lead.
And he is more than happy to return to Los Angeles if an acting opportunity presents itself.
“It just depends on how I perform on the day.”