Local Maddy takes first steps on road to Tinseltown
CHOSEN from 400 auditions, Gympie talent Madeline Exarhos is living up to the prediction of her dance teacher from when she was three years old.
The teacher told her back then "that's a stage name if ever I heard one", Madeline said this week.
Maddy (as she is known to friends) is fast tracking her acting career by being one of only 16 people state-wide to receive an offer with QUT Kelvin Grove to study a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting).
"I was so surprised when I got in," she said.
The course is the only undergraduate degree for aspiring professional actors in Queensland and at the conclusion of the three year study program, will showcase Maddy's work in Sydney and Brisbane and distribute her show reel nationally and internationally to directors and management agents.
Maddy said the audition process was a little bit daunting.
"For the first audition, I had to do two monologues. After that they short listed me for the second audition. I was really nervous," she said.
During the second audition Maddy was asked to repeat her monologues but to use different emotions on command.
"I remember during that the guy (interviewer) was circling me and staring at me while I was performing. I think he was trying to put me off. I just kept going," she laughed.
An interview followed and Maddy said she told them exactly what she wanted from the course.
"I told them I want to make movies in Hollywood," she said.
Now that she has made it through the audition process, she will have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of other QUT graduates including Gyton Grantley (Logie winner for Underbelly), Ryan Johnson (actor in CSI: New York), Wayne Blair (Director of the hit movie The Sapphires) and Anna McGahan (two time Logie nominee and actress in Razor, Underbelly, Rake and House Husbands).
"I want to be well known for being good at what I do," Maddy said.
- Maddy is an accomplished dancer who trained in jazz, tap and hip-hop.
- She danced in Gympie's Got Talent in 2010.
- In 2014, she performed one of the lead characters in The Gympie Theatre Association's production of Cracula's Castle.
- Last year she was the choreographer and one of the characters in a 10x10 play called Duke of Earl and was behind the scenes at Space Truckers, a theatre restaurant.
- Maddy's two younger sisters are also talented: Irena Exarhos appeared in The Voice singing competition and regularly performs on stage and busking, and Nyssa is involved with a singing program called creative generation, and was recently asked if she would consider performing solo.