I’m Adelaide born and bred, although my heart lies partly in Japan after having lived and worked there for a year. I’m highly collaborative and creative and a big believer in community. Acting has been a love of mine since high school. Performing and sharing the benefits of Improv is something I’m immensely passionate about. It’s amazing for stimulating your creativity, imagination, collaboration, confidence and sense of play, the list goes on. We lose a lot of these as we grow up and I want to help preserve and rediscover them. Improv is very therapeutic as well. I’ve taught Improv and workshops based on the mind set for children and adults at schools, not for profit community groups, workplaces, Alzeimer conferences. I perform throughout the year and at Fringe, on stage and on screen.
Reading novels and graphic novels. Playing board and roleplaying game with friends. Watching theatre. Playing video games. Picnics with activities and nature walks when the weather is nice.
Having a single favourite is a challenge. I love variety and there are lots of characters that stand out for satisfying reasons. I’ll go with Spider-Man though as I can really relate. I do like to crack wise. I respect his combat and people saving abilities, but also his geeking out over science. Final he’s an every person at heart, juggling life but knowing that with power comes great responsibility. All people have power, not super powers perhaps, but skills and abilities big and small that can make a difference. Plus how cool is it to say “Thwip”! Maybe I should have said any character from Harry Potter. Acting out magic and speaking in one of the myriad of accents is so cool…
Creating a world where everyone joins in and the world around us is our playground. That feeling that everyone is in on it together and children are talking to you as the character and asking questions. Getting the children to take the lead and building on their imagination to create a special and unique experience. It’s also a nice feeling to take the load off the organiser so they can enjoy the ride and join in on the fun too.
One that sticks with me is from my first party as the Transformer Bumblebee which is one of the bulkier costumes and less human. The children were younger and a little shy so they were a bit quiet in front of this walking car robot that wanted to learn more about the fun customs of Earth and had a robotic walk and voice. On they realised he was one of the good guys who only wanted to learn about fun, they quickly warmed up. On the way out Bumblebee called out the iconic “Autobots! Roll out!” and the “rolled out” with him and called out “Bye Bumblebee!”. I also had a great time playing Ron Weasly and bouncing off another entertainer playing Harry Potter, all while using Ron’s accent. I reacted to the spells every time they were cast so at one point, a bunch of them lined up wanting to duel me.
Everyone at Fly By Fun is on the same page about creating a memorable, stress free experience for all types of events. There’s discussions about how best to do things and advice is freely given is you ask for it. Fly By Fun encourages collaboration with whoever is organising the event to make sure we are all working as a team to make it a unique success.