At the age of 15, I started playing Theatresports in the adult league, taking workshops and performing with them on stage. I always looked older than I was and I don’t think many of them knew how young I was at the time.
I had found my tribe.
They came from all works of life. They were creative, and brilliant, and left of centre and they didn’t give my height, or my good grades, or my goth clothes a second glance. All they saw was a kindred spirit who loved to play, to improvise, to push the envelope and to laugh. The first thing you learn at Theatresports is to trust your instincts. Your first idea is the right one and there are no wrong answers. The only way you can go wrong is to block your fellow players, or yourself. The confidence I gained working and becoming friends with these beautiful and open people opened me to other opportunities, gave me the confidence to audition for QUT Academy of the Arts, to start doing stand up and eventually to work in radio.
If I can give one piece of advice – it is to find your tribe. They will help you get where you want to be, and help you find the best in yourself. I still count many of these people, who I met more than 20 years ago, as my closest friends. I love them, and I thank them for their part in my life.