Teen dives into TV experience

A Limestone Coast teenager is making her mark, featuring in a SA Tourism Commission campaign. Tenison Woods College 2020 graduate and aspiring actor Ava Jones appears in the latest tourism campaign by the SATC.

The 18 year old jumped at the opportunity to appear as an extra in the shoot in April this year, when the crew travelled to Mount Gambier to film a component of the campaign at Kilsby Sinkhole. The campaign labelled, ‘For those who want a little more’ focusses on some of South Australia’s most diverse and off the grid destinations, including the Limestone Coast’s magnificent underground wonderlands.

Ava was contacted by a friend locally who knew the film crew was after an extra and an onset assistant/ runner for the day. Ava immediately accepted the invitation to be a part of the experience. “I was so thrilled to be asked to be part of the SATC shoot.

“Living in a regional town, it’s hard to get on-set acting experience without travelling to a capital city and so the shoot was a massive stroke of luck,” she said. “It was one of those things that just fell into my lap and there was no way that I could turn down such an incredible opportunity.”

Ava showed incredible grace and determination, donning a wetsuit and swimming in the sinkhole on a freezing cold autumn day. It was her first time on a TV set and an eye-opening experience for her. “What really shocked me was the sheer mass of all the work that goes on behind the scenes.

“I absolutely relished the experience and really hope to do some more television work in the near future,” Ava said. “I have loved the idea of performing and donning a persona since I was young. “I have never even considered any other career which either makes me very driven (or very ill-considered)! It’s a brutal industry and it takes a lot of hard work and luck to succeed but I think I’m prepared for that.”

 The experience on set will no doubt boost future opportunities for Ava, who has recently relocated to Sydney to pursue a career in acting. “My main goal while living in Sydney is to get an ‘in’ into the industry. “I’d also love to get some more parts as an extra which is invaluable first-hand experience on set and also looks great on a show reel,” she said.

Ava achieved an A for Stage 2 Drama in Year 12 last year at Tenison Woods College. Her passion for acting was evident with her major assessment comprising of three monologues from different plays to showcase her acting range. Ava’s talent and drive did not go unnoticed by her teachers. “Ava is a talented and dedicated actor. “It is a pleasure to see her pursuing her craft and I cannot wait to see where her bright future takes her,” Tenison Woods College Drama Teacher Eliza Suggate said.

Ava was one of the highest achieving Year 12 students at Tenison Woods College in 2020, attaining straight A’s for all of her subjects, with an ATAR of 95.20. Eventually, Ava hopes to be accepted into the National Institute of Dramatic Art. “NIDA is notoriously hard to get into, but I figure there’s no harm in trying. “I’ll be filming and sending off my audition quite soon,” she said.

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