Ready to make his mark

Actor Nicholas Coombe. Picture: Marcelo Palacios d412747
Actor Nicholas Coombe. Picture: Marcelo Palacios d412747

Coombe, who has just turned 19, has filmed his first two features.

His romantic comedy starring Packed to the Rafters’ Zoe Ventoura and All Saints’ John Waters, will be released in 2014, with WA action horror flick Infected Paradise also due for 2014 release.

He will now fly to Los Angeles for the pilot season to audition for the latest slew of new TV shows before moving to Vancouver where he said many US shows were taped.

Coppelia Tingley, whose daughter Freya Tingley recently played Frankie Valli’s daughter in Jersey Boys, has taken Coombe under her wing in LA and found him a manager to guide him through the pilot season.

‘It will be hectic, crazy,’ Coombe said.

‘Sometimes there are three or four auditions a day for months ” you’ve got to be there to work.

‘But ever since I was a kid I’ve loved performing, dancing, singing, acting and making people laugh.

‘Screen acting lets you create different characters in different worlds, and be things you would never otherwise be ” it’s an adventure.’

Coombe, who lives with his grandparents, has appeared in numerous short films and commercials, modelled for magazines and catalogues and performed live and recorded an iTunes album with children’s entertainment group Thumbs Up 4 Kids since the age of seven.

He placed in the top 30 actors in the 2010 Australian Screen Tests in Sydney but delayed his relocation in order to finish Year 12.

Despite his youth, the self-assured teen said he had to believe in himself if he wanted to be believable on screen.

‘I think that I can make it and that comes across when I act,’ he said.

‘I’m not half-hearted about this.

‘I’m not nervous, just excited. I can’t wait to get over there and just go for it.’