There are many aspiring actresses and tennis players around the world.
For Bec and Lleyton to be successful in their chosen fields, they started committed to their profession at a young age.
Here is their comments on how they got started.
As a little girl I was very chatty and outgoing. My mum says we’d hop on a train and by the end of the trip I’d have the whole carriage talking to me!
I began dance classes when I was three and it was actually my dance teacher who suggested to my Mum to put me into an agency.
So one day, at the age of five, Mum and I hopped onto a train and headed into the city where I auditioned for my first agency (Joan Gibson Agency), where I performed a song and dance for them and was accepted to join. It went from there and before I knew it I was going to castings and had shot my first television commercial – “My Little Pony” for the USA.
I continued with my dancing and later on joined a performing arts school, where I also took singing and drama classes as well. I absolutely loved it and it’s great to help build your confidence.
When I was 14 I was lucky enough to get an audition for Home & Away. I was so thrilled to play a regular character on the show, Hayley Smith – a troubled teenager.
Being part of such a popular television program at such a young age, I learned how to juggle school with a busy shooting schedule, the discipline you need to be properly prepared and learn your lines, how it all works – behind the scenes and best of all great writing material which I could play around with.
I first picked up a racket at age 5 when my mum and dad were playing social tennis at a local Adelaide club called Seaside Tennis Club. It was here that I commenced tennis lessons in a group environment..
The following year, I started having private one on one lessons with Peter Smith at the Denman Tennis Club which consisted of an hour session every week.
When I was 10 I was playing a lot of aussie rules football and tennis. I got invited to try out for the state development squad, which I made. That’s when I started training a lot more.
I represented Australia in junior teams from the age of 13 and had to make the tough choice to give up footy to concentrate more on tennis.
I continued working with Peter Smith throughout that time cause he was the best coach for me. He was still my coach when I qualified for the Australian Open at 15 and won the Australian Men’s Hardcourt in Adelaide when I was 16.