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THERE IS A LOT
THE TALL POPPY
NOT COME ACROSS
THERE LIKE IT DOES
Monique and Jemma are
aiming for the top to achieve
BY ANNALESE DAVIS
Jemma: For me it would have to be rejection and
sacrifice. You will forever hear more no’s than yes’s .
But once you start to understand how impersonal it
is, it becomes much easier to deal with.
The amount of effort required takes a lot of sacrifice.
I am lucky to have such an amazing partner because
we really have no time for a social life, so Mon is my
constant source of company.
Mon: I completely agree with what Jem said. You do
sacrifice a lot, but when you can see your dreams
getting closer and closer as a result of that sacrifice
it contributes to your greater sense of purpose. A
personal hurdle for me was falling into this industry
extremely late compared to most people. I was
training for the AIS for basketball in my school years
and did not start performing until I had graduated
from high school at 17years old. From there I went
straight into a full time musical theatre course and
threw myself into the deep end.
LOTL: How do you two support one another while
growing your careers?
Jemma: Monique is my sanity! She is a constant
source of positive energy. All while trying to keep
me stable at the same time. This career can be
enormously isolating so to have a partner that
understands exactly what you are going through
has been so helpful.
Mon: We both have different strengths within the
industry and we sometimes struggle with different
things. Now that we know each other as well as we
do, we know how to motivate each other and give
that push to help the other along.
LOTL: How will you use your public visibility to
continue working towards LGBT+ equality?
Jemma: As I mentioned I am very passionate about
using acting as an educator, but honestly I have been
worried about the impact on my career if I brought
my personal life into public politics. Monique had
been wanting to start a YouTube channel for a
while but I was always hesitant. However with 2016
bringing forth gifts such as a potential plebiscite and
the scrapping of the Safe Schools Program, I knew
there needed to be as much support out there for
the LBGT+ community as possible. I had someone
reach out to me tonight about how to approach
coming out to their family and they never would
have felt they could do that if we had not opened up
in a public forum like YouTube.
Mon: I have known that I was gay from a very young
age and had no idea the impact that it would have
on my life. I was unaware that the emotions that I
was feeling would be seen as different or abnormal,
because all that I felt was love. I have gone through
all types of changes in my teenage and young adult
years; trying to fit stereotypes to get my parents
to fully accept me, but I knew that I was sure of
myself and, looking back on my younger self, that is
something to be so proud of.
Check out Monique and Jemma on their YouTube
Channel at samesamebutdiff and on Instagram!
@monmondawes and @jemhendricks
Monique Dawes and Jemma Hendricks have set off
on an amazing adventure. The Australian couple
has made the decision to relocate to Los Angeles,
California in order to pursue their goal of making a
solid living out of the entertainment industry.
This powerhouse duo are both actors with
professional experience within musical theatre
and dance that have been able to incorporate
campaigning for LGBT+ equal rights into their busy
schedules. We caught up with Monique and Jemma
to discuss: their future plans, how they support one
another in their careers, and their work towards
LOTL: What persuaded both of you to make the
move from Australia to America?
Jemma: At the end of the day what we are really
striving for is to make a solid living out of the
entertainment industry, and the centres of that
industry just so happen to be LA and NYC. So we are
following the industry more than a specific place.
We both know that we are in this for the long run and
there is nothing else we want to be doing so we may
as well aim for the top and see where we land.
Mon: I personally enjoy America’s industry vibe.
Everyone who I have crossed paths with in auditions
and interviews has been confident and proud, but
still humble. There is a lot more work available in
America so the tall poppy syndrome does not come
across there like it does in Australia.
LOTL: What hurdles have you encountered in the
performance industry? How do you overcome
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