IN just a few years former Muswellbrook boy Cameron Welsh has taken the
acting world by storm.
At the tender age of 24, he can already boast teen superhunk status, a Logie
nomination and has recently landed a coveted director's role.
Although it sounds like the lad has had a dream run, he is quick to tell you
of the clunky road to soapie stardom.
While still in high school, Welsh, a budding actor, wrote a few plays and was
also a talented musician. He had his own band and played at gigs around the
Welsh credits his uncle, actor David Field (Chopper, Two Hands) for inspiring
his acting career.
'He is an amazing actor,' Welsh said.
'I watched his work when I was growing up and thought "Yeah, that's what I'm
going to do".'
When he was 17, Welsh packed his bags and left his hometown to seek fame and
fortune in Sydney.
While he settled into the new city and shopped around for an agent, Welsh
found work as an apprentice chef.
Four years later and a guest role on an ABC crime drama (Wildside), some TV
commercials and a few films under his belt, Welsh auditioned for a role on the
long-running soapie Home & Away.
'I auditioned for the part thinking it would be a guest role,' Welsh said
His audition landed him a three-year contract as the mysterious Mitch McColl.
'Mitch was a good guy with an interest in helping people out,' Welsh said.
Last year, just 12 months after joining the Summer Bay gang, the former
Hunter Valley boy was nominated for a Logie for most popular new talent.
'It was a bit surreal to be nominated and a huge honour,' he said.
Welsh has recently shifted camps.
He has gone from being in front of the television cameras to behind them. The
23-year-old has turned his hand to directing and produces a behind-the-scenes
Home & Away spin-off for the show's UK fans called Back to the Bay.
'The program shows how we go about making the program,' Welsh said.