Article from Dolly Magazine (2001)

Michala Banas:
Age: 22
Claim to fame: Marissa in Always Greener, the hip new family show in Channel 7

What do you have coming up?
Always Greener - it´s not your average clone of every Australian show that´s on telly at the moment. It´s quirky and a bit different. It tackles big issues, but it´s also a bit of a  laugh. So there´s a happy balance there.

When did you realise that this is what you want to do?
Well, I´ve done it all my life. I did my first commercial when I was 18 months old, and my first film when I was six. May dad´s a writer and  producer. I always had a passion for acting.

How did you get into it?
I moved to Melbourne when I was 18 and I got myself an agent. I sent my stuff out to every agent, my photos, CV etc. A couple if them got back to me, and one if them said they already had an audition for me. I got into her books and went from there.

What study was involved?
I never studied. I just did it.

What do your friends think of your career choice?
The people who weren´t really my friends thought I was crazy for not going to university. But that would be admitting to myself that I wasn´t going to do it. So I said stuff it, finished school and moved to Melbourne. I just went for it.

What´s been the biggest challenge?
Knowing in the back of mind that you may have to drop everything and leave. I´d been living in Melbourne for 5 years, and had 11 days to move my life up to Sydney. But the biggest challenge is having faith in yourself when you get knocked back so may times.

What´s been the biggest reward?
Getting Always Greener  was pretty good. I´ve been doing lot´s of guest roles and had continuos work, so I´ve been pretty lucky in that respect. I get to do what I love. I´m a big believer in following your passions and your dreams.

What advice do you have for girls who want to do what you´re doing?
Don´t be scared! You can do it. A lot of people are afraid of failure. It´s a very hard industry, as it is with music, but I think that if you have a passion for something, then just do what you love. If you believe enough in it, you won´t have a problem.

Thanks to Tami from the Michala Banas Online Fanclub for this article!