It's tough making a name for yourself in the cut-throat world of acting - just ask Duncraig-raised Alistair Cooke.
At 18, the budding star left Perth and moved to Sydney to live his dream of becoming an actor.
Two years on, Cooke hasn't looked back, starring in commercials and short films.
Last year he appeared alongside Logie award nominee Adelaide Clemens and Oliver Ackland in his first feature film, Wasted on the Young, which was shot in WA and premiered at the Sydney Film Festival.
"I'd lived in Perth my whole life, I'd never moved out but I decided I needed to up and leave," he tells Access All Areas.
And Cooke knows what's behind the glitz and glamour of making it in the entertainment industry.
"It's so hard," he says of the long slog. "I almost want to say to anyone that wants to be an actor 'don't do it because it's so hard'. But once you start getting there it's the most amazing feeling."
Cooke is signed to Sydney talent agency Smith & Jones Management which represents former Neighbours star *Imogen Bailey * and fellow Perth rising star Freya Tingley.
He began acting when he was an eight-year-old. "Mum put me into acting classes because I was pretty shy as a child," he says. "By 10 I'd found my love for acting and it just sort of grew from there and hasn't stopped really."
After a spending Christmas and New Year at home in Perth with his family, Cooke is back in Sydney preparing for his first lead role on the stage.
He will star in With a Hand of Wax in Sydney Festival Short+Sweet next month.He is also in talks with a Los Angeles talent scout.
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