Then the weirdest thing happened… I GOT A CALL BACK!! They chose 1 girl and guy from each state for the final round of auditions and somehow the zero-experienced-rapping-failure managed to be Victoria’s chosen one. So. blooming. confused!
Round 2. The final audition. The top girl and guy from each State. Everyone was brilliant, experienced and confident. (Apart from that Liv chick who wore a bright red bonnet she found at the op shop and had no idea what she was doing). This time for my ‘2 min prepared piece’ I ditched the rapping, thank goodness common sense kicked in, and decided to do the most normal thing I am capable of… dressed up as a sheep (cotton balls stuck all over me) and did an improv piece about sheep and aliens. Sweeeeet. The rest of the day was spent doing scripts with the 2 original hosts.
At the end of the day they brought everyone in and thanked us for coming, but said “one last thing, let’s just go around the circle and tell us your previous experience”. ERMAGAWWWD. No thank you. This audition was the first time I’ve ever been infront of the camera. Let me out of this small room claustrophobic with talented humans. As that was said (yelled) internally, no one heard and continued on answering the question. “I’ve been in this short film. This Ad. NIDA for the last however many years. This TV show” were just a few of the answers. I was last, trying to convince myself that this was it. The time to punch my conscience in the face and tell a white lie. To say I had SOME experience. Just at least say an ad Liv. Ok here we go, my turn, lucky last of the group, white lie time…. nope. Accidentally word vomited this instead- “I have no experience whatsoever. I’ve been in Bendigo for the last few years studying Psych. (pause for crickets) But thanks so much, I’ve had a great day. Goodluck everyone. Bye!”
Two weeks later, I got the job. WHAT IS LIFE!? I told them “this is your chance to retract your offer as I literally don’t know what I’m doing”. Their response- “no no it’s great, we can just mould you to what we need”. Was this happening? Did being the biggest battler actually just work in my favour!?
I graduated from Psych, moved back to Melbourne and started at ABC3, my absolute dream job. I learnt everything on the job and fell in love with it more and more every single day. Playing dress ups for a living, laughing to the point of crying all day erryday, and working with your best friends who turned into family… it doesn’t get any better than that! And I promise you, not one day in 4 years did I ever take it for granted.
Sidenote- While working at ABC3 I also studied Integrative Nutrition online, graduating as a Health Coach. Not necessarily knowing what I wanted to do with this qualification at the time, but it was more of a hobby, to keep learning and to also feed my passion for health and wellbeing.
THEN almost 2 years ago now, it was time to spread my wings and leave my little love nest I called Studio 3. I auditioned for a music show called The Loop with Channel Ten up in Sydney, alongside my good mate Scott Tweedie. After a pretty intense 3 month audition process, I got the job and moved to my dream location; Bondi Beach. And as some would say, the rest is history!!
Right now (March, 2017), I am living by the beach, working as a Presenter and also making my Passion Project come to life; starting workshops for teenage girls.
Moral of my long winded story (what, Liv? long winded story?.. never!)… is that it doesn’t matter where you start, or what experience you do or don’t have, it matters that you have a dream, you back yourself, you dive in head first, and you stay authentically you.
Peace n Love hippies