BULLYING VICTIM/SUICIDE SURVIVOR
NOW ACTOR - PLEASE MEET QUEENSLANDER
1 Please tell us a little bit about your background;
A: Hi, my name is Brendan Paxton. I've been bullied mostly all my life - I lost my father at the age of ten or twelve and I’m a suicide survivor. I'm becoming an actor because it has been a dream since I was little.
2 You are an actor – have you always wanted to be an entertainer or did you want to be something else when you were younger?
A: When I was younger I didn't know what I wanted to do for a career, but acting had always been my dream.
3 Is anyone else in your family or among your relatives in entertainment?
4 Are you professionally or self-represented?
A: Professionally. Specialised Training and Recruitment, starecruitment.com.au
5 What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
A: Socialising on social websites, gaming, walking, visiting my mum and joining groups on facebook that are made for people with depression and bully victims to try and help anyone out that needs it.
6 Have you acted on TV., stage and big screen?
A: Nothing major yet, but have done some acting on a stage for acting study.
7 What have you actually acted in?
A: Only student productions so far, a feature extra and a non paid speaking role.
8 Have you worked beside any major names?
9 Have you ever been bullied?
A: Yes, throughout my whole schooling years, but I did have good friends that helped me get through it all.
10 Whether you have been bullied or not, do you feel that the governments and schools around the world are doing enough to try to combat this problem?
A: Not at all - students in schools today all feel alone when bullied and therefore feel too afraid to talk to anyone about it and keep it hidden.
11 What further do you feel the above could do to either decrease this problem hugely, or eliminate it altogether?
A: Well for one, start to care about how it effects the victims.
12 On a personal level, what would you like to do to help in the fight against bullying?
A: Try to reach out to more victims and offer them more help so they don't feel alone.
13 If you are or have been a victim, do you have any advice for other victims on how to cope with their nightmares?
A: Embrace the situation, share your thoughts and emotions and above all do not ever squash the pain down and ignore it. All the victims are strong people.
14 Have you done many media interviews?
A: None at all actually.
15 What is on your agenda for the rest of 2014?
A: Keep helping bully victims and continue to Act.
16 Is there anything further you would like to add?
A: I would just like to add another message out to bully victims. You are not alone, you are never alone, you may think that no one understands, but try to reach out ask for help. It will get better with a little strength and patience.
17 Do you have a special message you would like to share with the world?
A: Anyone who can get through bullying and come out with a smile is my hero.