Brisbane’s own Julia Billington chats with us about her recent success in gaining a key role in Australian feature film, ‘The Trouble with E’ and how she is finding her feet in the show business industry.
We put these questions to Julia Billington.
How long have you been acting?
How long is a piece of string? I guess right from when I could first walk and talk I was performing for my parents. I remember being in grade one and making Mum and Dad sit on the couch ready for my performance of a poem I had recently written, or a section from an audio book I’d memorised. It really just grew from there with school plays.
When did you realise you wanted to pursue a career in acting?
My high school drama teacher, Stephen Matthias, told me in grade nine that it was possible to undertake acting as a career and earn money from it! I think the idea was firmly in my head ever since.
Did your experience at NIDA prepare you for your future acting endeavours?
I learnt so much while I was at acting school. And that learning continues on the jobs you do once you leave. But I don’t think you are ever truly prepared for each new job – and that’s why it’s exciting. What you CAN do is prepare your attitude, and come into each project with an open heart and a can-do mind.
Having just landed a major role in The Trouble with E can you describe your character?
I play Trish, a strong, down to earth, tough woman whose parents own a farm out in regional NSW. She’s had to take over recently, due to some sad circumstances, and has quite a bit on her shoulders. She won’t give up though.
Are you excited to play her?
DEFINITELY! It’s a great, warm hearted script that Louise has written, and the rest of the cast are a dream team. We’re very lucky!
What can Brisbane expect from this upcoming performance?
Anyone who is not from the city, or who feels like they don’t quite belong, will feel a connection to this story. It’s about choosing what you really want in life, and going after it, even if that seems scary.
What advice would you give to other young Brisbane actors aspiring to follow a similar path as you?
To dive in and do as much as possible. Acting careers don’t just appear overnight, despite what the media might lead you to believe. Know WHY you want to be an artist, and a story teller, and then find those like minded people and make work. Learn from everything – you needn’t have a three year degree, three years working will teach you just as much!
Where do you hope to see yourself in the future?
I’d love to be making more films. There’s something so private and subtle about camera performances. And with the right director and crew, magic happens.