Staying true to her roots and supporting some great causes, Aussie actress Amy Field. We recently caught up with her about her latest projects and admiration for fellow Aussie, Kylie Minogue. Here is what she had to say:
Please introduce yourself to the readers, how and when did you first get into performing?
I’ve been singing since I was a small child on my dad’s amp and microphone when his friends would come over. Then, alone the next morning while the rest of the household was still sleeping, I started singing in the school choir and playing the flute then performing at the Sydney Opera House at age 7. Then at a school performance of Australian book week, I asked to sing “I still call Australia home” and that was pretty much it. I was very secretly watching other singers and actors performing with envy and knew that I wanted to be doing this also. After this, I became a part of the school spectacular and then joined two other Sydney choirs.
Who were some of your biggest inspirations?
I have always been the hugest fan of Kylie Minogue as a young girl. I loved that she was short, like myself, and a woman being hugely successful internationally over a long period of time despite being under immense scrutiny. I fell in love with Alan Cumming from a very young age as I think I related to his natural sense of character and unique quirks. His acting is like a silky liquid to me. I adore him. Plus, who can go past a Scottish accent!
What kind of training have you had, if any?
I sang with the international touring choir with what was then called the Australian Youth Choir. We rehearsed a few times a week with a very frequent performing schedule. I took singing training under Sydney performer Margi Di Ferranti and then later with Pat Wilson. Then, acting with Adrian Barnes at their school Springboard’s Performing Arts. More recently, in preparation for conservatory, I took classes at Darlo Drama and Acting World, private classes with Natela Dzuliashvili before studying in the Evening Conservatory program at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in NY, under some of the best faculty in the country.
What has been your favorite role to play so far?
I had the most thrilling time rehearsing and performing the character of Evelyn in Independence by Lee Blessing directed by Rebecca Frank. It was a cast of four very committed and brave young women and we got to have a lot of fun in this exploration and working with each other creating the best ensemble I’ve ever worked in.
What has been one of your biggest achievements in your career so far?
When I was 12, I was invited to audition for the international touring choir of the National Youth Performing Arts Group. I was then offered a position to to tour with them and was selected as part of their ensemble group within the tour choir. We traveled all over England and part of the US singing at Carnegie Hall with Lana Cantrell and the Newark Boys Chorus, Disneyland, Independence Hall, St. Paul’s Cathedral and others. Such a wonderful experience! The same year, I performed at Sydney Olympic Park at the opening of the Rugby World 7’s match and performed I still call Australia home which was filmed for a national QANTAS commercial as part of the Spirit of Australia campaign. I learned that night what patriotism and pride felt like.
What projects do you have coming up?
I’m very excited about launching my own Australian Theatre Company called SWAG Theatre Company with a fellow Aussie and we have our inaugural production coming up this October 8, 9, 10, 11 here at the Tank NYC. The first play that we are producing and playing in is Jane Bodie’s “A Single Act.” It centers around the theme of domestic violence and due to the overwhelming prevalence of this issue we’ve decided to dedicate this production to raising awareness and support for the cause. Joining forces with two organizations that work solely to support and educate people and victims of domestic violence.
Who would be your ideal co-star and why?
Well I would love to work with Alan Cumming definitely!! I think that the process and exploration of the work and play with him would be beyond helpful as a fellow actor. I would also love to get to work alongside Bobby Cannavale who is an obsession of mine since seeing him in The Big Knife or Fiona Shaw. Again the bold commitment that these actors employ is something to be admired and learned from. Fiona Shaw in the Testament of Mary on Broadway is hands down the best theatre I think I will ever see!
What are your plans for the future?
I love working and love setting goals and trying to focus on achieving one thing at a time. So, at this point I’m focusing on discovering more of the Australian Theatre out there and using this work as a platform for social awareness and also promoting the work of Australian playwrights. My dream is to write and perform in a Kylie Minogue biopic and also create a stage show version. I think she’s very admirable and her career deserves to be celebrated!
What is your advice to aspiring performers?
Keep asking yourself questions about what you want to be doing and focus on how you can achieve it. Persist and persevere with your goals and practice balance in your life from the beginning, so that one thing isn’t sacrificing another. Hard work always pays off!