Screenwise, one of Australia's leading film and television school's for actors, has recently accepted young Aboriginal actor Jobe Adams into their Diploma in Screen Acting course, bringing the Woorabinda local one step closer to his dreams of a performing arts career.
The school, which is based in Surry Hills exclusively employs only Australian Film Institute Award winners as teachers, and means a move to the big smoke for the aspiring young artist, who is the first from his community to move to Sydney for study.
Adams told NITV that he knew that he had to undertake formal training to achieve his storytelling dreams. "I wanted to make my dreams come true, but in order to do that I needed formal training and I needed to get to know the business side of things, so then I found Screenwise. It had a very good reputation and I knew I was going to be trained right and treated respectfully."
Denise Roberts the CEO and Principal Director of Screenwise tells NITV that she was impressed with Jobe's audition and sees a bright future for the teenager. "What stood out and was impressive about Jobe during the audition process was his ability to open himself up and put his heart on the line. He has a depth that transcends normal young men of his age - and with that depth comes a warmth, a truth and a vulnerability that is extremely compelling to watch on screen. I have no doubt, that once Jobe learns the proper acting tools and how to apply them to his screen performances, he will be a dynamic force in the film and television industry."
What stood out and was impressive about Jobe during the audition process was his ability to open himself up and put his heart on the line.
Adams is no stranger to the film world having written, directed and edited short films for several years, even picking up awards at Tropfest and Imaginate, with his skillful storytelling which is based in his culture.
"It gives me a strong feeling to know that people are willing to tell story through film that can affect other people and change their lives." Adams tells NITV. "I really hope to do a lot of Australian films and tell stories through film about my people and my culture. I also hope to see myself in Hollywood blockbusters."
While blockbusters may be on the horizon, home and family will always be close to Jobe's heart and along for the journey with him. "The community alongside with my family and friends are very supportive, they all know what I'm doing is not only for me but it's for them as well."
I really hope to do a lot of Australian films and tell stories through film about my people and my culture. I also hope to see myself in Hollywood blockbusters.
Acting courses are no longer supported by the VET Student Loan system as they are not part of the skills shortage list, so Adams recently set up a Go Fund Me page to help cover costs. Incredibly, in only 15 days the campaign was only $140 short of the $28k goal, with one anonymous benefactor donating $25k. Adams goal has now been reached, with over $28,290.00 now donated.
Roberts says that the Screenwise Diploma will give Adams a well balanced grounding in his chosen career. "Jobe is a very talented young man and Screenwise will nurture this talent and provide Jobe with the knowledge, tools and support and will encourage and inspire him to tell his stories in a way that will inspire others."
Screenwise is committed to producing screen actors of the highest international calibre. Professional actors who understand the importance of their profession and the responsibility that comes with it. Professional actors who carry with them the social commitment to use their formidable skills of acting in such a way that the world has been left a little better for their efforts. -Denise Roberts CEO, Screenwise