Mark sees €50k competition as ticket to dream job in film

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Mark Griffin, Ardnacrusha, winner of the Budweiser Dream Job Competition
AN ASPIRING fashion designer, concert pianist, music composer, comedian and director are all facing off in the Budweiser Dream Job competition.

AN ASPIRING fashion designer, concert pianist, music composer, comedian and director are all facing off in the Budweiser Dream Job competition.

Of those, wannabe actor and director Mark Griffin is the sole representative from these parts in the running for the €50,000 prize.

Mark, a doctor who hails from Ardnacrusha but who grew up in and around Limerick city and went to school in St Munchin’s, wants to pursue a career in theatre and film.

“I have always loved telling stories, it is why I started acting,” he said.

After ten years on the stage, Mark - who attended Limerick School of Music - made his first short film last year, inspired in part by City of Culture, he explained.

“Everyone’s got a film that they love, one that makes them laugh and makes them cry. I want to spend my life making films like those. My desk at home is stacked sky high with what I want to turn into films.”

While studying medicine in UCC, Mark became heavily involved in the drama society and has since pursued his “interest in theatre and film in tandem with my work as a doctor”.

He directed his first short film last year, Drift, which won a number of awards at the March On Film awards, while his first short play In a League of his Own was recently staged in London.

Mark also read the title role in the theatre legacy project that staged Pinhead Duffy last year and appeared in a radio play commissioned by City of Culture.

He says he was “inspired” by the “creativity and dedication that went into City Of Culture”.

“Winning dream job would allow me to make this my full time career. To buy my own equipment, to improve my skills, and ultimately, shoot my first feature length film. So please vote for me and let me share my stories with you.”

To vote for Mark, see Todaystheday.ie.