JANE'S BIG DECISION: STUDY OR STARDOM?
Education has been important in the life of Jane Seaborn. But
it seemed to conflict with a TV starring role
The world, it seems, is actress Jane Seaborn's oyster.
Having just completed a contract with the Queensland Theatre
Company, Jane, 20, was offered the chance of a role in the Seven
Network soap Sons and Daughters. A successful audition,
Jane was told, would require a hasty trip from Maroochydore
on Queensland's Sunshine Coast to Sydney where the series is
A desire to finish a university degree also made Jane hesitate
to proceed with the audition and the chance for a role that
most young actors would give their eye-teeth for.
It was only after some advice and encouragement from her mum
that Jane decided to try out for the Sons and Daughters
role of Katie O'Brien and complete her studies externally.
Now the role is hers - and Jane couldn't be more delighted.
"I had only finished up (with the theatre company) a week
when my agent rang to tell me about the auditions and that,
if successful, I would be required in Sydney in three days,"
Jane told TV WEEK.
"I said I didn't want to go to Sydney, that I wanted to
finish my degree."
Jane is the daughter of two pharmacists, and education, understandably,
has played an important part in her life.
After two years of studying for her Bachelor of Arts degree
at the University of Queensland, Jane was keen to complete the
School has prepared her for a life as a performer. She studied
speech and drama for ten years and has taught privately herself.
After two years at university, Jane decided to take one year
off to work with the QTC's Theatre-In-Education team touring
all over Queensland.
Source: TV Week
Date: 25 August 1984