IT WAS a classic case of being in the right place at the right time.
While Olivia Glynn was visiting her mum, Amey, in Wagga Wagga last year, they went to the movies at the local Forum 6 Cinemas, which happened to be hosting open auditions for an independent Australian film.
When her mother was asked if she would like to audition, she politely declined, saying her daughter, who was in the rest room, would love to.
Walking out of the ladies and into an audition wasn’t exactly the way Olivia had planned her day, but who could knock back an opportunity like that?
She just completed her bachelor of creative arts.
Olivia, a Calrossy graduate, who was living in Melbourne at the time, was told she’d scored the leading role and moved to her mother’s in Wagga Wagga for six months to complete filming.
Olivia described the feature film, Stakes, as “a cross between McLeod’s Daughters, Underbelly and a Dick Francis novel”, as it’s set on a racetrack and involves the darker side of the industry.
“My role is the character of Bridget, an aspiring horse trainer,” Olivia said.
The projected release date is October 29, to coincide with the spring racing season and the race that stops a nation.
This week Olivia was back in Tamworth, where her dad John, and stepmother Dianne, both practice as solicitors.
She is yet to consider her next career move.
“That’s the million-dollar question,” she said.
“I wasn’t planning on being in a movie, but it was an awesome experience and I was extremely lucky to get the chance of a lead role in a film.”
What happens from here, though, is anyone’s bet.