BRIGHT LIGHTS: Former Bundaberg student Kyle Walmsley has been accepted to the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). Photo Contributed
BRIGHT LIGHTS: Former Bundaberg student Kyle Walmsley has been accepted to the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). Photo Contributed Contributed

Bundy boy makes it through to NIDA

THERE may be no business like show business but a former Bundaberg resident and Playhouse Theatre regular is hoping to discover what it's all about when he takes the stage at the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) this year.

Kyle Walmsley, 25, was born and raised in Bundaberg, attending St Luke's Anglican School before setting up a children's party entertainment business with friend Zoey Grills.

"We just wanted to get any experience performing we could," he said.

"It turned out to be super useful experience but confirmed that I didn't want to do kids parties forever.

"But Bundaberg was a great small community where people were willing to help if you were prepared to try opportunities."

Mr Walmsley has fond memories the Bundaberg Playhouse Theatre, Rebecca Hutchins Theatrical Studio where he honed his skills from a young age.

But in 2012 Mr Walmsley moved to Darwin where he took on the much loved role of Captain Starlight, entertaining sick children at Darwin Hospital as part of the Starlight Foundation charity.

"It was a bit of a strange move but I thought of it as being the big fish in a small pond and a chance to use the opportunity to further my career," Mr Walmsley said.

And when NIDA auditions were held in Darwin earlier this year, Mr Walmsley threw everything he had into the intensive process.

"You try to relax but you know it could change everything," he said.

Mr Walmsley was short listed, filming an audition which was assessed by staff at NIDA, before just 24 students were accepted to begin this year, from up to 1000 that auditioned across the country.

"It was really exciting to know I'd been hand picked to attend somewhere some of my heroes went," he said.

NIDA was the training ground for such acting powerhouses as Cate Blanchett, Sam Worthington and Mel Gibson.

While Mr Walmsley is under no illusion on how difficult is to carve out an acting career, he's determined to make the most of this opportunity.

"This is a step up and a good chance to move towards regular paid work in film and TV."

Attending NIDA in Sydney for the next three years, Mr Walmsley will study acting, movement, voice, film, TV and more.



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