Ben Barber is a committed and inspired leader for change. Dedicated to the empowerment of boys and young men, he is a proud member of the Goodfellas Team.
Growing up in Warrnambool, on the windy western coast of Victoria, Ben is no stranger to the cultural pressures laid upon boys to "toughen up", and "be a man". With a fresh outlook on masculinity, Ben provides his own experiences, personal stories and unique skill-set, to offer a new and healthy approach to owning individuality, and a balanced emotional life.
An actor, singer and musician since he could speak, Ben developed a strong love of the Creative Arts, particularly in Theatre. After school, however, he dived headlong into basic training for the Australian Army Reserve, for what he believed to be the beginning of a long career in the Infantry.
But after 2 years, he realised that life had other plans. Ben's passion for creativity led him back to the stage, and then on to the National Institute of Dramatic Art, where he completed his Bachelor of Dramatic Arts in Acting. Since then, Ben has appeared in a wide variety of roles for Theatre, Film and Television, including Home & Away and Neighbours, as full time cast member Dr Rhys Lawson.
With 7 years professional acting experience, Ben is also a skilled Acting Teacher, working for NIDA Open Program, International Screen Academy and Off The Beaten Track, delivering numerous theatre and screen-acting courses for children, teenagers and adults.
"One thing that never ceases to amaze me, is how radically our lives can be transformed for the better with a simple shift of perspective and attitude. This has been demonstrated again and again in my life, and has left me with one definitive belief: anything is possible.
For me, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing the light shine in the eyes of empowered and proud young men who have experienced that shift, and felt their world expand as a result."