Kristian’s a fast learner

Kristian Mynott... an unconventional education for an actor. Photo by Helen Musa
 Kristian Mynott... an unconventional education for an actor. Photo by Helen Musa

Kristian Mynott... an unconventional education for an actor. Photo by Helen Musa

KRISTIAN Mynott may be  a latecomer to showbiz, but he’s not letting that daunt him.

The Canberra-born actor’s just been playing a detective in the film “Closing In” with TV actor Ditch Davey. He’s hoping to score the role of Wizzy the Wizard in “The Fairies”, whose stage version will be here in November. And he’s flying to the Las Vegas Short Film Festival in July to help Melbourne director Meagan Kae accept a “Silver Ace” award for her dark comedy film “DIY Funeral”, in which he performed.

It’s a heady time for the 33-year-old actor who didn’t experience his Damascus Road conversion to acting until about a year ago.  When he did, he found NIDA was expensive and inaccessible, so did some research and found www.starnow.com.au/ a self-auditioning site for performers, models and musicians, of which he says “Starnow opened up work for me… I could be my own agent”.  He also found an agent who got him featured roles in the TV series “Underbelly”.

Mynott’s education is unconventional for an actor. A student at Melrose High School and Phillip, now Canberra College, he was always in the limelight – the extrovert of the class. Oddly, he didn’t study drama at theatre-minded Phillip, but went off into the hospitality industry, waiting personally on a former prime minister and governor general. Later he took up a cadetship in journalism in regional NSW.

Right now, Mynott has decisions to make. With a voice made for radio, he is in demand for  voiceovers. But he’s more than just a voice, so the screen-acting classes he has been attending in Melbourne with former “Home and Away” actor Paul O’Brien focus on gesture and facial expression.

Mynott has now performed in 13 short films, but he knows he’s largely untrained, and intends to rectify that as fast as possible. He is confident of a bright future.

 

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