He may have the look of a tough-nut criminal down pat, but it's safe to say WAAPA-graduate *Joshua Brennan *has earned the title as one of *WA *'s rising stars.
Shortly after finishing the prestigious acting course in 2011, Brennan was well on his way to stardom having moved to Sydney after signing with a renowned talent agency, RGM.
Since making the big move, the *Broome *-born actor has been riding a wave of success having landed a string of TV roles in series including Ocean Star, The Shark Net and Castaway.
One of his most notable small screen appearances to date was on Nine's hit crime drama Underbelly Badness last year. He played the son of convicted criminal turned police informant *Terry Falconer *.
And it was an experience that Brennan described as a real eye opener.
"It's always interesting playing people that are real life and covering events that were quite current," he told _AAA _ by phone last month. "Because the trial was only in 2011 and it was interesting.
"They keep a lot of things under wraps and then when you get the part you do a lot of research, you get a lot of homework to do and that sort of thing. (The producers) said to me there were things I couldn't do and people I couldn't see and that sort of thing, purely just out of respect. My part was quite small but it was great just to be a part of that big machine of Underbelly which has been going for a while, and seeing how they tackle these things."
Next month, Brennan joins a raft of WAAPA-trained cast, including *Margaret River *-born newcomer *Nick Westaway *and soapie veteran *Marcus Graham, *to make his debut on Seven's long-running soap, Home and Away.
Again taking on a role associated with crime, Brennan plays an intimidating prison inmate, Courtney, whom Casey Braxton ( *Lincoln Younes *) encounters while he's behind bars.
Though Brennan couldn't reveal too much about his character, he said being a part of the series had been a "massive learning curve".
"It's been really good, it's completely different to anything else, just how fast it is and how they do things and the show has been around for so long, so to jump on board and be a part of that was a massive learning curve," he said.
"Home and Away is something that is regarded really highly overseas as well as here, so it's always good to have that under your belt and hopefully at some point I can generate some interest elsewhere and do a bit of travelling. It's one little thing at a time really."
Despite some touting him as one of WAAPA's brightest young stars, Brennan puts it all down to beginner's luck.
"I graduated with some exceptionally talented people," he said. "I truly wholeheartedly believe that once we're out, it all comes down to luck. I know so many people that are capable, if not more, to do what I did but I just happened to be more suitable. Suitability goes a long way, that's why they talk about beginner's luck. Eventually the right role always goes to the right person, if you've got the ability."
Though this month he has been shooting for a short independent film - where he has again been cast as a trouble-making bad boy - Brennan was happy to do the "in between jobs" while waiting for other opportunities to arise.
"At the moment I'm back in Broome working for a construction company," he said. "But when I'm in Sydney I work as a lifeguard so it's something I've done for a long time and it's really flexible work."VANESSA WILLIAMS