Not just a welder
My family has been in the welding for a long time. My Dad made good of himself and now runs a welding factory but essentially we’ve been labourers for centuries. Who was I to think I could be any different? But I did. I have been trying to be an actor for too long. I realise I am just a welder. My Dad tries to make me feel better by giving me more responsibilities at the factory, now I am lead liaison with the metal suppliers in Melbourne. It is kind of him but sadly it doesn’t do much for my self-esteem. I have been in countless amateur productions, done my fair share of commercials and I have even managed a couple of professional theatre performances but alas, I am a welder. I weld. At one point I considered trying to move my welding into a more creative industry. Steel fabrication is in high demand in the modern art scene. Sculptors use a lot of metal products these days; sadly I never had the vision for it. As it stands I spend Monday to Friday in the factory and spend my weekends auditioning or filming things for free for friends. My Dad occasionally presents me with job opportunities for steel fabrication in Melbourne, things outside his factory but I just don’t want to move. I like working with him. I know the factory well and while I’m there it still feels like I might break it big as an actor. If I move up in the world of steel works it’s a sign that that is where my ambition lies. I am extremely lucky that my Dad is so supportive. He knows I want to be an actor and although he tries to push me towards the steel industry he is never disparaging about my dreams.