BEFORE discovering the constant challenges of an acting life, Dan Paris
was something of an employment gypsy.
Every six to nine months he would grow bored with his task and head for new
pastures. This restlessness found him trying everything from modelling and
finance work to bartending, landscape gardening and rep work.
That restlessness has been arrested for a while, thanks to his first role in
a television soapie.
As Andrew Kirk, the eternally nice, naive and gorgeous mechanic on
Neighbours, Paris, 24, is embarking on the longest journey of his life.
"Acting is an endless challenge and all of my life I want to keep going
higher and higher into it," he said during a break in his shooting schedule.
Now settled into the show's routine, Paris is discovering that remembering
the lines may be easy but balancing the the needs of other actors, directors and
producers can be a pretty tough task.
The answer, he believes, is to keep a level head and take it all into stride.
"I'm an old hand at (television) now but I'm still learning and it can all be
confusing," he said.
"I get a lot of help from other actors and I've really settled in. It's not
scary any more."
Paris, born in Perth but living in Melbourne for the past year, is an avid
sportsman who loves jogging, surfing, scuba diving and camping.
They're not hobbies his country alter-ego is likely to be at ease with but
Paris is loving every minute of his new role and is anxiously awaiting feedback
on his character's introduction to Ramsay St.
At this stage of the game the excitement is still palpable and Paris is
enjoying the early attention. It's something he may just have to get used to.
Neighbours screens on Ten Capital, weeknights at 6.30pm.