ATYP Webinar Series – Your Journey Into The Arts

ATYP is delighted to have presented two webinars that answered all your questions about how to break into and then maintain a career in the performing arts and entertainment industry.

The two webinars featured special guest speakers including award-winning actors and directors, representatives from the most respected performing arts schools in the country, acting agents and managers and casting agents.

These entertaining and informative sessions are perfect for young people looking at their options to break into the industry, young actors with some experience figuring out their next step and parents looking to guide their kids into an arts journey with positive and helpful advice.

Recordings to these webinars are available to purchase here.


So you want to be an actor…or a writer, or a director, designer, stage manager – basically, you really want a career in the performing arts. But, you don’t know where to start? Well, this is the webinar that will make everything clear and give you the information to begin your arts journey.

Topics covered will include:
  • How do you start a career – what should you do in your first five years?
  • To study or not to study – is there a shortcut?
  • Do you need an agent and how do you get one?
  • How do you spot good opportunities from bad – agents, qualifications, projects?


Mark Morrissey – Actors Agent
Founder and Managing Director of Morrissey Management, one of Australia’s most successful and leading talent management companies.

Rachel McDonald – Director and Educator
Rachel is the Artistic Director of Freeze Frame Opera and lectures in design, directing and acting at WAAPA.

Faith Martin – Casting Director
Faith has consulted with many major US television networks, including ABC US, Fox, Universal, HBO, Starz, Sundance Channel which has resulted in Australian actors being cast in leading roles for US television and international.


There is a perception that there is no work in the performing Arts. And by that we mean not just now, because we’re in the middle of the COVID crisis but, like, ever. At the same time, we know the Arts collectively make up $111 billion of Australia’s economy. So … where is the work? Someone must be living off some money in one of Australia’s biggest industries. How do people maintain a career in the performing arts?

Join us for a discussion with four industry professionals who all make a living working in the arts. Learn how they use their skills as actors, writers, teachers and creative thinkers to maintain a living as artists. This webinar will dig into the tools and approaches needed to survive in the arts long-term.

Topics covered will include:

  • How does what you’re doing now compare to what you hoped you’d be doing when you started your career?
  • At what moments did it feel like your career stalled and what did you do about it?
  • What do you see as the main personal challenges to maintaining a career in the arts?
  • Who has been most helpful to you in your career?


Rose Byrne – Actor, Producer
Rose is an award-winning Australian actress of film, theatre, and television, and is an ATYP Ambassador.

Adam Drake – Actor, Director, Entrepreneur
Northern Territorian, Adam Drake, is an advocate for young people who founded Balanced Choice in 2014 to improve outcomes for young people in the justice system.

Tasnim Hossain – Playwright, Director, Dramaturg
Tasnim Hossain is a playwright, dramaturg, director and screenwriter. She has worked with young people through companies including ATYP, Shopfront Youth Arts and Canberra Youth Theatre, and has written and toured solo work independently.