Logan resident Helen Ross dreamed of being an actor since she was 14.

Now, more than 50 years later at age 67, she finally has her chance.

Ms Ross has secured a place in the global finals of the World Monologue Games – a competition that draws participants from over 100 countries.

“This is the third consecutive year I have entered,” she said.

“The past two years I made it to the regional finals but no further.

“I couldn’t believe it when my name was announced as one of the winners going into the global finals.”

Ms Ross will be competing against 14 other actors – all reciting monologues from various theatre and film productions.

She said she always wanted to be an actor “but family influences and life happened”.

“At age 58 I decided to pursue my dream of being an actor and, at two months shy of turning 60, I gained my Advanced Diploma in Stage and Screen Acting,” she said.

” Like many seniors today, I am not letting age deter me from following my dreams.”

For those who think they are too old, Ms Ross said “you’re not”.

“It’s never too late to follow your dreams, and there’s lots of opportunities out there,” she said.

“I’ve been having a go at everything, and opportunities are coming up all time.”

The selection process for the Global Finals involved industry experts from across the globe, including actors, film directors, and Emmy award-winning casting directors.

“I am excited to perform alongside the most talented actors worldwide,” Ms Ross said.

“Of course, it would be great to win a bronze, silver, or even the gold medal for Australia, however, I am very grateful and happy to be part of this wonderful event.

“I am living my dream so that is a win in itself.”

Since its inception during the 2020 lockdowns, the Monologue Games has seen almost 10 000 performers register.

Ms Ross is among 86 competitors across six categories to secure a spot in the global finals this year.

She will be performing under her stage name, Helen McKenzie Ross.

“I’ll be performing a comedy piece in the sprint category – a monologue between 45-60 seconds,” she said.

“It is a fun scene so I’m eagerly looking forward to sharing my work, but I am very aware I have stiff competition.”

Ms Ross will perform in the sprint category at the global finals on Saturday 18 November at 6pm.

The other categories will be held on the 17, 18, 24, and 25 November.

The livestream can be accessed at: worldmonologuegames.com

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