On the Couch with Callum O’Mara

Callum-O'Mara-AAR-On-the-CouchWho is Callum O’Mara?
I’m a storyteller. I studied acting at the Howard Fine Studio and WAAPA and have more recently written and directed some theatre, and previously dreamt of being a jazz musician. What has never changed however is a desire to better understand the human condition through stories and then explore that further in art, be it acting or writing or even music.

What would you do differently from what you do now?
I’m pretty happy with the way my story has gone so far. If not this life however I’ve often thought that I would be very happy if I had studied History and become a History teacher of some kind.

Who inspires you and why?
Lena Durham, Ethan Hawke, Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan are artists who have cultivated a unique image by not staying in one specific lane, which I really admire. They inspire me to constantly be striving to expand myself as a creative.

Ernest Hemingway, Chekhov and Brian Friel are writers who come to mind who really push the boundaries with the written word and instilled in me a deep fascination in language and literature.

And even Athletes, they all need to possess so much discipline and devotion towards their sport, I find them very inspiring to watch.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Teach. Whether that be occupationally teaching one of my forms like acting or writing; or educating and challenging audiences with stories I am lucky enough to tell. Communicating different ideas to inspire anyone to reflect on the world and themselves, and hopefully grow. You can do this as a teacher or a storyteller.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
London. It has so much to offer. The depth of history and the outstanding arts culture could keep me entertained for years.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
I think there is something for everyone at the NGV.

What are you currently reading?
The Pearl by John Steinbeck

What are you currently listening to?
Andrew Huberman’s latest podcast on Mental Health.

Doing work that is worth doing.

What does the future hold for you?
I am looking to grow my theatre company, Lonely Heart and work with other talented artists. I’ve got an idea for a full length play that I want to write too. But who knows? What excites me about the future is its slight mystery. I just know that I’m not gonna sit by the phone anymore. Those days are over.

Callum is the Writer and Director of Dubious intent – which will be presented at Club Voltaire, as part of the 2023 Melbourne Fringe Festival: 19 – 22 October. For more information, visit: www.melbournefringe.com.au for details.

Image: Callum O’Mara (supplied)