He may have been a relative latecomer to acting, but Canning Vale resident Leon Grey is making the most of his chance on the big stage.
Grey is the co-creator and star of web-series Boondock Alley, which was recently selected to be shown at the sixth annual HollyWeb Festival in California next month.
Boondock Alley is set in a world where the scary creatures of nightmares not only exist, but have been integrated into society and are afforded the same rights as humans.
The show, which mixes drama with black comedy, follows three doctors who run a private practice specifically for the grizzly beings, juggling the moral and legal implications which come with it.
Grey, who only turned to acting in his early 30s, said the nomination was vindication for all the money he and his co-creators has personally spent to get the project off the ground after almost three years.
“The money spent was well spent because the quality is there and the festivals can actually see there’s been a lot of effort,” he said.
“We’re still paying now, because we’re marketing and we’re travelling to festivals that we get into.
“It’s still a bit of a money pit, we’re just throwing money at it to promote it.
Grey said Boondock Alley had taken so long to produce because he and both of his co-stars worked full-time.
“As a full-time employee for a company, I found it hard to audition for other roles during the week day and then they’d be filming on a week day, so I needed to start creating my own content to be able to film at my time and also be able to be the lead,” he said.
“(Co-stars) Catriona Coe and Anita Barnes are both professionals in their field, Anita’s a lawyer, Katrina is a marketing manager and I’m in sales, so we put our heads – and money – together, came up with concepts and hired a writer to write us Boondock Alley.
“We went back and forward and took about three years to get to the point where we started to film, so it was a really long process to get everything lined up to actually make.”
The first two-episodes of Boondock Alley are due to be released within the next couple of months.