For Margaret River-raised actor Nic Westaway, the news he had landed a role on Home and Away took a while to sink in.
The 23-year-old, pictured left, had just moved to Sydney after graduating from the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts late last year and was getting himself ready for a year of hospitality work while he attended auditions and made contacts.
Instead, Westaway found himself with a part on the long-running soap opera just a few months after making the move over east.
"I wasn't expecting it to happen so quickly," the actor tells Access All Areas. "I don't know what I felt when I got it but after my first week around the studio talking to the cast and the crew, I knew that it was just going to give me so much experience and knowledge."
The former Margaret River Senior High School student says he will play a character known only as Kyle, who comes to Summer Bay with a vendetta against a member of surf gang The River Boys.
"You'll first see him creeping round in the background watching Casey Braxton," he says. "There's a bit of a back story there which I can't give away, just know he's not a fan of Casey. Things are going to get interesting when the confrontation finally happens."
However off-screen, Westaway has bonded with rival Casey, played by Lincoln Younes, and describes the cast of Home and Away as one big family.
It's his real life family the budding star says he is finding hard to be away from.
"Coming from Margaret River, I thought Perth was big," Westaway says. "So to me Sydney is huge. It's feeling more like home now I've been here for eight months but I do miss my family.
"They understand, though, that I have to take these opportunities while I have them."
Home and Away airs today at 7pm on Seven/GWN7