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1. I know you, but some people may not.
So could you please introduce yourself to the world?
"I am Dan Ginnane, I’m an Asian/Australian, born and raised in Australia. From age 13 I took up Muay Thai (thai kick boxing), then begun to train and fight regularly in the sport. I also competed in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA. I hold a professional MMA record of 4 fights, 3 wins, 3 TKOs. I took a step back from my professional sporting career at age 21 to try something different. That something was acting. I started by making a YouTube account and posting videos on that and other social media platforms before I decided to take a serious step în the direction of being an actor. I auditioned and got into an intensive workshop for actors operating in LA. My eyes were shocked open when I saw the skill and talent required in this art of performing. I returned to Australia and realised the oppurtunities where not as frequent în Australia, and the film industry also had many issues with diversity/representation. So I made a hard decision and set off to Vancouver, to to study acting and pursue my career full force."
2. What was your first job in the entertainment industry?
Also, what did you do before that?
"My first job în film was a reality TV show pilot called, <Money and Your Life>. The show was made to help people with financial issues and they helped my mother with her budget and then paid us at the end with the prize of a washing machine."
3. Did you study acting before getting into the industry?
"No, I did not. I had quite a creative resistance to joining formal training, as I feared it would rob me of my natural and intuitive skills. However, in later years, when I begun training I realised my ignorance, it helped me prepare and tap into my talents and skills instead of leaving them raw and unmastered."
4. If you could work with anyone you'd want,
who would that person be and why?
"I would love to work with Jimmy Tatro, because he actually inspired me to begin acting and start my YouTube account. I’d often be in awe of how natural of an actor he was, and how he could slip into so many roles, because he just knew himself so well. Somewhat strange thing to say, but I’d say he’s actually my favourite celebrity/actor."
5. What does a normal day in your life looks like?
"Usually I wake up and work on a script, read a bit of my book on acting skills. Check my phone for any important messages, have some coffee. Exercise, then come back, shower and complete any other tasks I have set up for the day (acting lessons, video editing, grocery shopping etc)."
6. Where is your favorite place to be and why?
"My favourite place to be is probably on set. There is just nothing more fulfilling than being paid to do what you love, and you often find yourself pondering times you almost gave up on yourself or decided to take a less <risky option> in life. You realise that it is actually possible for you to live your ideal life and career, and not just some crazed fantasy."
7. If you could, what would be the one advice
you would want to give to your younger self?
"That every answer comes from within, to focus on meditation and dealing with ones emotion above all else. When life is good on the inside, life is good on the outside."
8. What is one of the best advice that you've got?
Who was the person that gave it to you?
"I’ve received inspiration and motivation în fragments from multiple different sources, but I remember my acting teacher telling me, <you look at your face on screen and you think, oh I’m so ugly, oh does my chin really look like that, oh do I really look like that all the time? and yeah, ya do!>. This advice was great for me because it made me realise how frivolous worrying about your appearance is and how it had nothing to do with your acting. This translated into real life as just accepting myself and accepting how I feel, how I think and navigating around that fact instead of debating its existance."
9. What is your biggest accomplishment so far?
"My biggest accomplishment was honestly just moving countries. That was a point in my life where I realised I really am the type of person who says something and does it. I often admired people who were quick and organised în their actions, then I suddenly realised, by all accounts, I was one of those people, once I had made up my mind."
10. If you could book any role in the next years to come,
what would that dream role be?
"I would love to do an action movie. Something comedy action like Jackie Chan. I do a lot of stunt training and I have a fair bit to offer athletically. To intertwine that with my acting abilities for a career would complete me."
11. Is there anything you can disclose about the new project that you are promoting?
"I can’t disclose much, but I can say that Quibi has many big names appearing în their casts and the show I have the role of Danny Wu in, <50 States of Fright> itself, is already off to a cracking start. The episode I appear in, is based în Minnesota and is very reminiscient of some classic 90s movies."
12. What is the best part about life on set?
"The single best things is just knowing I am surrounded by people who took a risk and tried a career that is very harsh and requires extreme work and they made it. They’re all here, they’re all happy, it’s a very optomistic and lively crowd to be surrounded by. I enjoy being surrounded by such energies."
13. In the end, is there anything you'd like to say to the people who support you?
"Absolutely. Those that have supported me through my various risky career endeavours, I surround myself with you because of your positive energy and passion for life, and I hope through my actions, I can reciprocate the positivity and kind nature you have shown to me."
Dan Ginnane is an actor, best known for his work on projects like: Tomorrow, When the War Began, The Cyber Bully, Good cop, great cop!, Vision Boarders, Chemotion, Interrogation of Santa, The Fighter, Somebody Call 711!, Charmed.
Catch Dan as Bobby Wu on Quibi's new series "50 States of Fright", episode "Grey Cloud Island" streaming as of April 21st.
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