So you want my arts job: Actor

Acting is just standing around pretending, right? Not so, says Aaron Walton, about a craft that is more complicated than you'd think.

Aaron Walton graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), where he received the Beleura John Tallis Award for Excellence in Acting. Credits include the TV’s Winners and Losers, and the antagonist in Australia’s first one-shot feature film, Watch the Sunset, now streaming on Stan. As well as being an actor, Walton is also a practising psychologist and a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne, researching free will and well-being.

I did the one-year Foundations course at VCA, a really great place to start. That had one term on movement and text, one on scene studies, one on film and TV, and one on rehearsing and performing a play to the public. I’m not sure if they do it the same way now. To be more specific, it was really the encouragement of two of the teachers, Megan Jones and Matt Scholten who gave me my start. They saw the artist in me, nurtured my spark and Matt then cast me in my first play. Finding and cherishing those people who see you creatively is so important.

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Thuy On is the Reviews and Literary Editor of ArtsHub and an arts journalist, critic and poet who’s written for a range of publications including The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Sydney Review of Books, The Australian, The Age/SMH and Australian Book Review. She was the books editor of The Big issue for 8 years. Her debut, a collection of poetry called Turbulence, came out in 2020 and was released by University of Western Australia Publishing (UWAP). Her second collection, Decadence, was published in July 2022, also by UWAP. Her third book, Essence, will be published in 2025. Twitter: @thuy_on Instagram: poemsbythuy