How to Be the Master of Your Own Camel

You are an emerging actor from Western Sydney. You think the industry has forgotten you and so you’re after some advice to give you your groove back? This one-night panel event is for you!

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A one-night panel event full of industry insight, advice and information for emerging Western Sydney actors.

About this Event

Join PAC’s Co-Founder and Creative Director Nisrine Amine as she speaks with professionals in the acting industry.

This is your chance to hear from successful and inspiring Western Sydney alumni who have had extensive and unique experiences as, and with actors in the Australian and international acting industry.

You’ll get to ask questions and quash your fears about being a minority actor from the west; walking out ready to embrace your uniqueness and steer your own acting ship (or, camel) with confidence and clarity.

For more information, call 1300 828 144 or email info@

Event Details:

Date: Friday 13 September, 2019
Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Venue: Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE), 8 Victoria Road Parramatta
Cost: $10 (previous and current PAC student) | $15 (non-PAC student)


The Panelists


Actor, writer, director

Arka is an actor and filmmaker from Sydney, Australia, whose work includes award winning Australian and international film, TV & stage credits. Arka has starred in Academy Award nominated film Lion and will be seen in Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of Mulan. His TV credits include Top of the Lake: China Girl, directed by Academy Award winner Jane Campion, a lead role on ABC’s critically acclaimed medical drama Pulse, alongside Janet King, The Code and also Nine Network/Sony’s crime drama Bite Club.

As a writer and director, Arka holds short films, web-series and short documentaries under his belt. He wrote and directed Khana Khazana, a short film exploring the dark side of migrant labour, which had its Australian premiere at Flickerfest International Short Film Festival and its US premiere at LA Shorts Film Festival and has also screened at St Kilda Film Fest and the International Film Festival of South Asia Toronto. Arka is also one of the writers on an upcoming anthology feature film produced by Co-Curious and in development with the assistance of Screen Australia and Create NSW.


Casting Director

David has worked in various aspects of the industry for the last 30 years, the last 20 years in casting, including 7 years working with Christine King Casting. Having started his casting career with hundreds of commercial projects he then progressed to work on some of the biggest and most successful feature film & long-form drama projects to shoot in Australia.

He spent 15 months as the Australian Casting Associate on ‘The Pacific’ (Stephen Spielberg, Tom Hanks, HBO), scoured the country and personally conducting well over 3000 auditions on this project alone. ‘The Pacific’ won the 2010 Emmy award for Outstanding Casting for a Mini Series, Movie or Special – Dave calls The Pacific his ‘degree in casting’.  For the past two years Dave has been honoured to represent his peers as Vice President of the Casting Guild of Australia.



Melissa Bonne can currently be seen on America’s ABC Network playing the character of Ana Dumont on the new series Reef Break. The show is described as a sexy, action-packed, one-hour drama, set on a stunning and seductive Pacific Island paradise full of fast-paced, high-octane adventures and island intrigue.

Born in Zimbabwe, Melissa relocated to Australia with her family at the young age of 5. After graduating from The Actor’s Pulse at 21 where she studied the well renowned Sanford Meisner technique, Melissa performed in several stage productions such as Alan Ball’s Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, Richard Stockwell’s Killing Time and Theresa Rebeck’s Mauritius. Bonne’s additional acting credits include starring in the Australian series Pulse and Janet King, which in turn led her to take a role in the iconic stage play Look Back in Anger.

Additional credits include the television series Harrow and Home and Away. Bonne can also be seen in the feature film Back of the Net.


Cross Cultural Psychologist, Diversity trainer

Judy Saba is an accredited diversity trainer and facilitator, Cross-Cultural Psychologist and public speaker with extensive experience in applied diversity training in both public and private sector organisations., and has delivered applied papers at numerous conferences both in Australia and overseas, including the International Gibran Conference on Peace and Humanity in a World of Global Conflict – Washington, USA April 2012.

In 2010 Judy was awarded a Churchill Fellowship which enabled her to research Diversity training and human rights integration in policing jurisdictions in the US, Middle East and UK. Currently employed by NSW Police Force as the state wide  diversity skills trainer, Judy has also held successful positions in the education context as a diversity consultant with the Catholic Education Office, eight years’ counselling survivors of Torture and Trauma as well as , private consultancy and has come to NSW Police Force after four years as Manager of Diversity Education and Workforce Development with South East Health.

Judy also moonlights as a “foodie” and food safari guide running the Lebanese walking tour of Punchbowl with Maeve O’Meara’s “Gourmet Safari”.

Frequently Asked Questions

For parent talks, can I bring my child along?

Some of our events are aimed at parents and as such, sensitive content might be brought up by the panelists and/or the attendees. Should you bring your child or teen along, please do so at your own discretion. PAC takes no responsibility for the views of opinions expressed by those in attendance that may cause upset or offence.

My child doesn't yet go to school. Are parent events at PAC suitable for me?

Of course.

We welcome all parents. There might be some advice or nugget of information that you can hold onto for future use.

Who will the panelists be?

The three panelists are yet to be announced. Stay tuned!

I'm not from Western Sydney. Can I still attend events?

Of course!

PAC has a very strict policy of anti-discrimination and so we invite participants and attendees from all over Sydney, from all over the country even!

There may be events more specifically targeted at certain groups of people (as each group comes with differing needs and wants) but we'll make sure to advertise this so there is no confusion.

But ultimately, your decision to attend one of our events is completely up to you.

The more the merrier we say!

Where are your events held?

Most of our events will be held at the Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE) building.

The address is 8 Victoria Road, Parramatta. Corner of Victoria Road and Villiers Street.

If you’re driving:

We recommend parking in the carpark of North Parramatta McDonalds next door and walking over.

If you’re catching public transport:

ICE is a 15-20 minute walk from Parramatta train station. Walk all the way down Church Street until you hit Prince Alfred Park. Cross diagonally through the park and ICE will be on the corner across Victoria Road.

I'm not a parent. Can I attend PAC parent events?

PAC parent events are open to both parents and those who work with children. The bulk of the content might be delivered from the lens of a parent/child relationship but there is opportunity to expand the discussion out to teachers, educators, and those in other child-related industries.

How do the events run?

Each event will run differently but for our more popular style of panel talks, the run down of the night will be as follows:

Registration will often commence at 6.30pm.

Attendees are invited into the event space where there will be coffee and tea.

When all attendees have arrived, the facilitator will guide the discussion amongst the panelists.

There will be ample opportunity for the audience to ask questions during this.

The night will normally wrap up no later than 8.30pm.