Coming to 888 to train under acting coach Kelly Hetherington is to be at the pointy end of the craft. He focuses on acting truthfully rather than ‘faking it till you make it’, so be prepared to reach within yourself to discover what you really have to give.

“I coach the more advanced aspect of acting that could be considered practical at the ‘rubber meets the road’ level. I shake the sauce bottle of people’s emotions and get them rattled at the heart to motivate them out of ‘look at me, look at me’. I help actors to care about their work because it affects the world around them, and show them that they can become a part of something within the industry, by growing into someone who cares enough to give back, rather than just waiting on someone to pat their ego.”

Kelly is the director of ​The Actor’s Journey​, which is based at the Princess Theatre in Brisbane. He trained in the Sanford Meisner technique for four years under the mentorship of Billy Milionis at the renowned Actors Pulse in Sydney. He won ‘Best Film’ twice including the West End Film Festival and Reel Film Festival in Newcastle. Along with these were two ‘Best Director’ awards locally and internationally, and multiple awards in New Zealand for dance.

“For me right now, the journey is creating my first feature film with the actors I work with, create more value for the agency in terms of excellence that speaks for itself, through people’s quality of work and projects they can bring. Also connecting some of the greatest local talent and completing our major stage production that is on this year.”