Bardia actress prepares for breakthrough role

Star on the rise: Bardia's Nicole Pastor is chasing her dream career in show business and is excited for her next project.

Star on the rise: Bardia's Nicole Pastor is chasing her dream career in show business and is excited for her next project.

Nicole Pastor has been a waitress, murderer, therapist and more - and she wouldn't have it any other way.

The Bardia actress loves losing herself in characters and has since a young age.

The 29-year-old will soon star in Muscle and Bone, a coming-of-age drama from first-time director Izaak Love.

She said she was thrilled to be involved with the project, and hoped it would be the job that would really help her launch her career.

"I'm hoping that this is the role that will really show people what I have to offer," Ms Pastor said.

"I play Nikki, a 19-year-old free spirit type of woman, who is a single mum and struggles with drug addiction problems.

"It's a small but memorable role, something like Margot Robbie in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

"This is a very character-driven movie. It's about to go into pre-production."

On screen: A still of Nicole Pastor in her new web series Therapy Life, directed by Kacey Baker.

On screen: A still of Nicole Pastor in her new web series Therapy Life, directed by Kacey Baker.

Ms Pastor's previous work has seen her perform background and extra roles in Australian productions like Home and Away, Janet King and Love Child, and she was also Jessica Marais' stand-in for the Carlotta TV movie.

She's been acting for 10 years, and one of her highlights so far was a small role in the Aussie feature film Not Suitable For Children, starring True Blood's Ryan Kwanten and Succession actress Sarah Snook.

Ms Pastor was also excited to have the opportunity to play a real-life murderer (Samantha Bachynski) in the international series Deadly Women.

Another of her recent projects sees her star as a lead in the dark comedy web series Therapy Life, which deals with mental health issues.

Ms Pastor said she caught the acting bug from a young age, but didn't really recognise it for what it was at the time.

"I remember I would love to run around the backyard and pretend I was Xena: Warrior Princess," she said.

"Then I'd watch Legally Blonde and decide I was going to be a lawyer. It wasn't until later that I realised I could do all of these things and more if I was an actress."

Pastor is encouraging all creative locals to chase their dreams and refuse to back down.