Nathan McCarron, Launceston born and raised, struggled to find a foothold in the movie and television industry even after his work in modelling, commercials and theatre performance.
However, his talents in a different art form may be the golden ticket he needs.
Mr McCarron has drawn ever since he was little, and has always done it on the side of his acting work.
However, after sharing his work on popular social media sites Instagram and TikTok, he has gone viral.
"I never studied art at school," he said. "I think I dropped out in year 8 to focus on drama, but drawing was always something I would do on the side."
His portraits focus on well known actors, singers and famous figures that inspired him to continue to follow his acting dreams. This has led to his portraits being liked, shared, and commented on by the likes of Dame Edna Everage, Pink, Rihanna, and Whoopi Goldberg.
"It was a good validation of the quality I was producing being self taught," he said. "Drawing is not something that anyone suggested because it's just not a way of networking in the industry, but I think I have become one of the first people in the world to use drawing to get into the entertainment industry."
Mr McCarron's TikTok page amassed 300,000 followers, and more than 16 million views on his videos. He started getting calls about his art and now works with companies like Universal Music Group to draw their recording artists.
Mr McCarron said his art has given him contacts that will hopefully aid in pursuing his dream of acting, once restrictions ease in Melbourne where he resides.
"Once this pandemic is over, I'm going to get back to auditioning and I'll work with my agent to get on that movie/TV show I've been longing for. I'll still make sure I find time to draw as it now goes hand in hand with who I am," he said.
Instagram : @nathanmccarron
TikTok : @nathanmccarron0 - Nathan's Art
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