My training began in the late 80's at the Drama and Design Dept at Rusden Campus, Victoria College, known as Deakin University today. Back then you didn't have to pay for your higher education. All I really wanted that time of my life was to be an actor and eventually a Director. Rusden was a close second to NIDA ( National Institue of Dramatic Art ) with the very best drama curriculum on offer. I was so excited to be accepted after a gruelling audition process at 18, I thought my path was set. All I wanted to do was drama drama drama so I took a double major, which soon became a triple major, something that was not looked upon favorably by the education department. The head of the department, Bob Holden, tried to talk me out of it but in the end he was was my strongest supporter. Instead of following the same path as other students i developed as many contracts as I could, so I was able to work with many amazing actors, writers, directors & crews to earn extra credits for my B.Ed Diploma in Drama, Design & Media Studies. My focus was to immerse myself in real projects and productions that were going on outside the campus. During the day I was temping in a number of schools while developing collaborative projects in my own time. I soon realised that the education system was not for me. I loved working with the students, but found the rules and regulations set up by the Teaching board extremely restrictive. Drama was not considered to be important, and many still saw it as a hobby subject or a slack alternative to make up extra credits. Students took it as an elective to make up the units they needed to complete their degree, thinking it was an easy way out. Being in this kind of environment was not very encouraging for me. I knew for sure my direction had to change.