Cameron Welsh is cooking up a storm. DENISE EVERTON reports.
CAMERON Welsh trained as a chef but these days he is cooking up a storm of a
The 22-year-old Hunter Valley actor is sizzling on the small screen as Summer
Bay's newest resident Mitch McColl.
Tied to a three-year contract and playing a 16-year-old whose childhood was
anything but rosy, Welsh is getting his fingers burnt in the best possible way.
``In this industry the offer of three years' permanent work doesn't come
along too often so you have to grab it," he said, having completed his first
two months of filming.
``A few things can be daunting but there are also positives from the acting
point of view.
``I have a very clear starting point with the character and he will develop
over the three years.
``(Playing Mitch) was a bit weird at first. I had to think of what I was like
at 16 and I've been told I was always old for my age anyway.
``That works because the character is 16 but he's seen a lot for his age,
he's had a turbulent childhood, so it's okay to play him a lot wiser than the
Introduced to acting as a child courtesy of an uncle in the profession,
Welsh also realised early just how tough the industry can be.
One week after completing his HSC at 17, Welsh moved to Sydney to be closer
to the hub of the profession.
Convinced he needed to find his feet in the city and learn more about the
industry before making his move, he followed his elder brother's example and
entered the food industry.
Three years later, he decided to go for broke but the industry was slow to
A guest role in Wildside, some short films and commercials were tempting
morsels in a relatively bare cupboard, but Home and Away has changed all that.
While his long-term dreams lean more towards a role behind the camera, Welsh
is enamoured of acting and is determined to do the hard yards in order to reap
To that end, Home and Away is one of the best training grounds he could hope
``I see the next three years as a great opportunity to learn about TV and the
craft and the technical aspect of acting," he said.
``I want to be able to walk away after three years and know I can hit my mark
on the first take and know how to work to the cameras.
``You learn a lot from acting if you keep your eyes open and if you're
``I'm passionate about it. I want to be involved in telling good stories and
maybe affect a few people. That's what excites me about acting."
Welsh will learn quickly whether his impact on people is powerful.
Mitch McColl has just hitched a ride into Summer Bay (his first episode was
last night ) and romance will bloom quickly for the homeless teen.
Could Welsh be the next Australian television heart-throb?
Home and Away screens on Prime Television, weeknights at 7pm.