WITH several high profile modelling jobs under his belt and a starring role in a television pilot pending, Louis McIntosh is taking the entertainment world by storm.
At the age of just 19, the local boy’s career is already beginning to blossom.
“It’s all really just started to take off,” said Louis (who was pictured last week on the steps near Belmore Park).
“It’s crazy. Things are just happening so quickly.”
He has spent the last few months meeting with television producers and has appeared on the pages of some of the country’s biggest selling publications, even appearing on the cover of the September edition of Dolly Magazine.
However, his life hasn’t always been so glamorous.
Louis grew up in Goulburn and attended Trinity Catholic College but his life changed when he decided to take a risk and follow his dreams.
After graduating at the end of last year the teen auditioned for a film acting course at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) - Australia’s most prestigious acting academy, which has trained international superstars like Mel Gibson, Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett, and which only accepts a select few each year.
When Louis auditioned, however, he blew his assessors away and became one of the school’s youngest students.
“The average age of students at NIDA is roughly 24 or 25-years-old so it was good to be able to get in and do what I want to do early,” he said.
NIDA opened a number of doors for Louis including one into the modelling world.
“I really picked up modelling for a bit of cash,” Louis explained.
“I auditioned for Chic Modelling, which is Australia’s number one modelling agency. I didn’t expect to get in but I did and then it really took off.”
Within days of being picked up by Chic he started getting calls for castings, which are the modelling world’s equivalent of an audition, and it wasn’t long before he started getting work.
He became the face of a number of courses for the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and appeared in a fashion shoot in the July issue of Ralph Magazine.
He also took part in a Runway Show for Fashion Ford, which is an extension of the Melbourne Fashion Week and was the focus of an eight page photographic feature in the September issue of Dolly Magazine, which included a front-page pointer.
His acting career is also starting to take off and he recently auditioned for a permanent role on Home and Away.
He narrowly missed out on the part but the cloud had a silver lining. The producers recommended him to another show and he has auditioned for a starring role in an upcoming drama series for FOX 8.
Louis has done a number of screen tests and will find out in the next few weeks whether or not he has the job.
“I’m currently waiting to hear the final answer,” he said.
“I have my fingers crossed but we’ll have to wait and see how we go.”
Acting is the teen’s passion and he says the big screen is where he wants be. Louis says he is committed and
that he will one day turn his dreams into reality.
“I am a really lucky boy to be able to achieve so much in such a short amount of time,” he said.
“I know what I want and I’m not going to stop chasing it until I get it.” Louis also said he plans to study acting in the United States when he gets a bit older.