Miranda Tapsell was Indigenous X host from October 25 to November 1, 2013.
Five questions to Miranda
The wonderful icing on that cake is that I happen to be a proud Larrakia/Tiwi woman from the Darwin Region. I grew up in Kakadu National Park, a beautiful part of the world. A lot of my school holidays were spent camping and swimming in waterholes. But I loved acting from a young age, and often performed for my family in the lounge room.
My parents were extremely supportive of my choice to become an actor. However, I had to prove that to my mum by working hard at school, and wasn’t able to get away with much – especially because she worked there. My mum was quite strict with me, but I give her a lot of credit for that, because it encouraged me to be more diligent with the work I do today. My dad was pretty great at reading to me before bed – that’s how I came to love reading and writing at a young age. He passed on his cheekiness too.
I was lucky enough to get into a prestigious acting school called the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). I personally felt I needed formal acting training behind me because while I had a lot of passion, I was still a bit raw. When it gets demanding to deliver a high-standard performance within a short amount of time, I have a set of skills behind me to help me overcome the mounting pressure. I believe any sort of training behind you will help set you up in your chosen career path. To me, nothing you learn is a waste of time.
On a personal level, I grew up with some formidably strong women in my life, both Indigenous from my mother’s side and non-Indigenous on my father’s. They grew up in some pretty challenging times, notably in the 1960s, when both race and gender equality were being questioned by Australian society. I realise the opportunities I’ve been given as a young, Indigenous Australian woman are because the people of that time were pushing for that change.