The bright lights beckon for Julia Vosnakis, who dreams of living in New York and performing on Broadway or in Hollywood movies. That’s the goal she keeps in mind as she completes her Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama) degree at Flinders University.
“This degree will equip me with the skills to do both theatre and film work and with the ability to make my own work in both areas, which really excites me,” she says. “My course not only teaches me how to become a multifaceted actor and provides me with the tools to potentially become one of the greats like my idols Meryl Streep, Emma Stone or Sandra Bullock, but it also teaches me the extensive theory behind theatre and film.”
Julia was studying law until a family trip to the US triggered a light-bulb moment for the 20-year-old. After seeing Warner Brothers Studios in LA and all the behind the scenes action she suddenly realised acting was her true passion.
On campus, Julia can often be found sitting with friends in a “gorgeous alleyway” just outside the drama centre, enjoying coffee from the Bonvoyage coffee van. “It’s the perfect spot to get some fresh air between class and hang with actors from other years levels and hear about what they’re doing in their classes,” she says.
“The Flinders campus itself emphasises a great academic and social balance. There is always some event on at The Hub, or people just sitting outside by the lake or studying hard in the hi-tech study areas. It’s really a gorgeous university that has it all.”
Julia is also an aspiring singer and loves to jam and sing with her sister. Her favourite musicals include Wicked, Hamilton and Les Miserables, and her top pick for movies is Meet Me In St Louis with Judy Garland.
Julia recently appeared in a local music video for band Ezra Hope, and has also taken part in street-style photo shoots.
“Having mainly done theatre work growing up, these experiences are helping me become more confident in front of a camera because believe it not actors can be shy,” she says. “With the help of my degree, I’m conquering my nervousness and being inspired to do more work over the summer break.”