Dramatic conclusion: UCC graduate gets €50k dream job

Winner of Budweiser's Dream Job competition Mark Griffin fromClare. The UCC medical graduate dreams of being an actor/director.

Clare man Mark Griffin is hoping to reach dizzy new heights in the film or theatre industries after securing €50,000 in Budweiser’s Dream Job competition.

Since his college days, when he had joined UCC’s Drama Society, Mark harboured the dream of working as an actor and director.

In tandem with his medical skills, the talented young Ardnacrusha man has also been working with various theatre companies since his graduation three years ago.

The 25-year-old plans to perform in The Turn of the Screw which comes to The Everyman theatre in Cork city next month.

Now, with his €50k cash injection, he is in a perfect position to fully dedicate himself to acting and directing and see where life in the dramatic arts takes him.

“It’s amazing, I’m so happy, I’m still in shock,” he said. “I didn’t think I’d win.

“I can really focus on film now, without having to worry about funding my next project or worrying about where the money’s coming from.”

Budweiser Dream Job ambassador Aaron Paul, aka Jesse Pinkman from Breaking Bad, announced Mark as the winner yesterday.

In a goodwill message, Aaron said: “Well done Mark, congratulations my friend. The guys at Budweiser tell me that you studied medicine — amazing.

“But acting, yes, and directing have always been your passion. So this year you get to work towards your dream.”

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