Emily Oconnnell CVEmily started acting at the age of 10 in 2007. After constantly looking for drama schools along the northern beaches with no luck, Point Break Drama popped up on the internet.

Emily had always been interested in acting as she was quite the drama queen. Emily started with the Youth Drama Class in 2007 and could not get enough. She wanted to try more classes, and started the Acting for Camera in Term 3, 2007. Emily finished 2007 on a high, winning the runner-up prize for the Point Break Drama School Scholarship.

In 2008 Emily successfully auditioned for one of the lead roles in “The Swann Children’s Winter”, a well produced Tropfest Film by Director James Pickles. It was a great experience for Emily and she loved working on her first “professional” set. At the end of 2008 Emily again auditioned for the Point Break Scholarship and again received the Runner-Up prize. At the end of 2008 Emily made her Television debut as a school-girl extra on the ABC TV show, “The Myles Barlow Review”. Going to the ABC Studios and onset with the Mysles Barlow crew was another great experience – and a lot of fun!

Through Point Break Emily has had the opportunity to attend many acting workshops with some of Australia’s most prolific casting agents and actors, including Tom McSweeney, Leigh Pickford (Maura Fay), Marianne Jade (Maura Fay) and Improvisation Australia.

After missing out in 2009, Emily was again runner-up in the Point Break scholarship auditions in 2010. Emily is a committed, passionate actress and when she is not attending casting calls and auditions, she is working on short films with her friends from Point Break Drama. In 2010 Emily, Ellie Gall and Caitlin Diaz wrote, acted, directed and produced a short film for Junior Tropfest called “A Month in the Life of a Teenage Superstar”.

In 2010 Emily appointed Encompass Junior as her agent and since then has received many opportunities to showcase her acting talents. Through the highs and lows of the audition process Emily has grown and matured both as an actress and a person.

In 2011 Emily successfully auditioned for the Advanced Youth Acting Class at Point Break Drama. Emily loves the challenge of this class as it explores the different techniques and theories of acting. Acting is no longer just a hobby for Emily; it is her passion and something that she definitely wants to pursue. The industry is a tough one but Emily has shown that she is prepared to put in the hard work required to succeed. Since starting at Point Break Drama Emily has learnt so much, improvisation, interpretation, preparation and script analysis, all put into practice during her weekly classes with Paul and Adam.

Emily is determined to achieve her goals as she works and learns more about the industry. With new opportunities and new doors opening all the time, Emily knows that good things will continue to come her way because of her hard-work & dedication.

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