Amanda Billing in her Force Majeure design

I'm an artist and actress based in Auckland, New Zealand.


When I was a high school teacher, I remember giving one of my students this advice when she wasn't sure which subjects to take:

"Do what you're good at and what you enjoy and you can't go wrong."

Since those days (Christchurch in the year 2000), I've had to make pragmatic decisions about the work I do (we all have bills) but the advice I gave Ursula is something I live by, even more so now than then.

I make a living from creativity and artistic practice, mixing acting work with voice-overs, doing theatre and TV, turning design and photography hobbies into legitimate businesses with room to grow (if I want to invest the time). In my Grey Lynn studio, I take photographs of people and I draw and paint.

This kind of life can be complex; it requires courage; it builds resilience.

At the heart of my way of life are continuous, overlapping projects. Some are "jobs", many are contracts I write myself. All are born of curiosity and most are the result of a bloody-minded determination to reach back into my past and rescue my artistic self.

Other people join sports teams or go to the gym; I make things (but could do with sweating a little more, to be honest). I offer creativity coaching to like-hearted souls, so reach out if you want the artistic equivalent of a personal trainer. 

I'm insatiably curious and I love to think, especially about big things like how creativity changes our life, the inherent value of Art, how learning creative skills makes us better people, about how best to spend a life.

Acting, singing, painting, making: they're all ways I that I decide to matter and how I discover why creativity matters to me. As I observe and reflect on what I do, I'm building a doorway to creativity and so this website is not only an e-commerce site, it's a welcome mat

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View my acting CV and contact my agent Colin Moy here at Lion Rock Management.

Hear my voice-over reel and contact my agent Sarah McLeod here at BigMouth Voices.

Follow my journeys in the creative life via my Instagram page.