Again the most enjoyable jobs for me were the television commercials and it cemented in my mind the need to return to Australia to pursue television and acting. So I moved back to Australia and continued modelling in Melbourne while I began acting courses. I worked with several different teachers over the next three years, at one point doing three different classes a week with three different teachers. During this time I also did a course in presenting.
I wanted to to do everything I could to get my foot in the door and I thought presenting would also be a great experience and introduction to television. I was soon given a role as a presenter on the Victorian travel show ‘Postcards’. It was a fantastic experience being able to travel around the state to all the finest wineries and day spas covering stories in Melbourne and country Victoria. It was after a year on Postcards that T.V. personality Glenn Ridge from the long running game show “Sale of the Century” saw me and approached me in regard to being a co-host with him on “The Boatique”. This led me to many covering stories on boats in many beautiful water destinations including the Whitsundays, Tasmania, and Vanuatu. During this time I was able to secure an acting agent and I was excited about the opportunity to begin auditioning for drama. It was in 2008 and at my third acting audition that I won the role of Charlie Buckton in hit television show “Home and Away”.
This opportunity was what I had been working toward and saw me relocate from Melbourne to Sydney within 5 days of receiving the news I had been given the role.
During the course of the next three and a half years on the show I learned as much as I could and relished in an environment that allowed me to work with and learn from veteran actors like Ray Meagher, Georgie Parker and Marcus Graham. It was in 2010 that I was nominated alongside Ray Meagher for a Gold Logie, Australia’s most prestigious television award for the most outstanding personality in television. I was also nominated the same year for a silver logie, for the post popular actress in television.
Following the Logies that year I was invited to be part of “Dancing with the Stars” which saw me battle it out against other celebrities in a number of Ballroom and Latin dances. I remained a contender in the competition through to week 8.
After completing my final scenes in Home and Away at the end of 2011 I was nominated again for a second Gold logie and Silver logie at the 2012 Logie awards. In 2012 I then moved to Los Angeles to continue pursuing an acting career there. It was after 6 months of auditioning that I was cast in the mystery Drama “Siberia” with the Oscar Nominated producer Michael Ohoven at the helm. Siberia was later picked up by the NBC network and aired season one in July 2013.
During the period of 2012 to 2014 I have returned to Australia a number of times to work on different projects…including reprising the role of Charlie Buckton on Home and Away, as well as filming several commercials as the face of Australia’s largest telecommunications brand “Telstra” . I also currently appear as the face of new Underwear label “Tuffys and Tuffetts” with NRL star Beau Ryan. Earlier in 2014 I completed work on the feature film “Broken Contract” that was shot in Perth.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You have selected a profession of being an actress in films and television that requires a lot of hard labor, technical soundness and excellence in different faculties to finally succeed, how do you achieve that?
Ms. Esther Anderson: Acting is the one passion of mine that I have realized is limitless in terms of being able to learn and grow. There will never come a time that I know everything there is to know. There is no ceiling to what you can learn as an actor. This is sometimes daunting, as at times you can feel like the more you learn the more you realise how much you don’t know. Watchmportantly for me though, this is a blessing as it keeps me hungry and motivated to grow and develop my skills further. I’ll never get bored as an actress as I realise I’ll never know all there is to know. For me this is why its important to continue training throughout my whole career. It keeps me learning and discovering new things about the craft and myself. Plus I enjoy it.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Your are a leading actress, model, television star and brand ambassador. How you manage such a remarkable multi-dimensional lifestyle?
Ms. Esther Anderson: I think balancing the sort of lifestyle that comes with being an actress really boils down to loving what you do. The older I get the more I value how precious my time is with my family and friends which makes it harder to be away from them. If I didn’t love what I do so much I wouldn’t be able to do it. But there is something about the acting bug that once you catch it there is no getting rid of it.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: What exercises comprise your fitness regime or workout routine you shall like to share?
Ms. Esther Anderson: I’v never been a huge fan of the gym. I’v always enjoyed group sports or dancing or outdoor activities to stay active, however I’v recently found a fantastic gym in LA that is high intensity circuit training. You have a trainer leading the class and about 30 people around you to keep you motivated and you can also make it easier or harder for yourself depending on what weights you use and how hard you want to push yourself. Its really about keeping fit and I use small weights to build strength.