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Self Test Information

This project is now closed for submissions.



The internship will be offered to a full-time drama student who is completing their last year of formal study at an accredited drama school, nationwide. 

On the following pages you will be asked to verify your drama school. You will also need to have your MEAA membership number ready. If you are already a member of Showcast you will be asked to enter your username and we will link your profile to your application.

The internship will take place from January 10-25, 2018, in Melbourne.

The successful applicant will be paid at the appropriate award rate. Accommodation and return flights to Melbourne will be covered, if necessary, together with a small stipend each day.

The intern will be required to complete a written article for The Equity Magazine and short video about their experience.

Applications close at midnight AEST Sunday November 19th, 2017.

To apply you must be a student member of the Equity Section of MEAA. 
To join visit www.meaa.org/join
or phone MEAA Member Central 1300 656 513.

Five finalists will be announced in December with the winner notified on Friday December 15, 2017.

Your self test will be loaded via the Showcast self test portal.
If you would like some advice on self-testing please view our "How to Self Test" instructional videos

Please choose ONE character and complete a self test of ONE scenes. 
Sam, 22, is impossibly cool and an emotional wreck. Don and Tina’s divorce ten years ago signalled the moment they stopped being parents to Sam and her brother Alex. When her mother fled to the Gold Coast with her hairdresser boyfriend leaving the children with their protesting father, Sam decided that emotional disconnection was the safest route through life. She quelled any volatile teenage feelings by self- medicating, which explains why her final year of high school remains a blur of night clubs, drugs and tequila shots. Testament to the apple not falling far from the tree, Sam turned her psychological dysfunction into economic prosperity. She fostered relationships with sports stars, minor celebrities, radio personalities and talked her way into a managing them in a social media empire. Sam recognises vulnerability and weakness in people and is able exploit those feelings and turn them into cold hard cash. Sam knows what is hip before it hits the zeitgeist. She speaks a vernacular that Don can’t master - which she uses like a weapon against him, aware of the power she wields in controlling a part of the business he can’t. Not that Don minds; he loves that Sam brings a sharp, edgy fervour to the WWBG. And a lot of money.

Alex was pretty well raised by Sam until he was sixteen when he moved out of Don’s house into a friend’s home were the parents were actually present. Despite being briefly nurtured by another family, Alex has suffered from neglect and struggles to find his way in the world, and to now get off his inner-city couch. Alex is sensitive and artistic and his choice to be mostly unemployed while he chases a career as a singer- songwriter is in stark opposition to his sister’s pursuit of cash. It’s not that Alex doesn’t enjoy having money; he just doesn’t love having to do much to get it. Genuinely talented but deeply immature, Alex, fuelled by kimchi, kombucha and weed, is dismissive of Don’s business enterprises, but keen to stick his hand out to reap the benefits.