She was a no show at the Logie Awards, despite being nominated for Most Popular New Female Talent.
Instead Kirsty Lee Allan was in Los Angeles taking part in an opportunity that may never come again, according to her father, Peter Allan.
The Dubbo born actress flew to LA on Friday to take part in an Australian professional actors course.
Yesterday, Mr Allan said Kirsty was scheduled to be in LA for three weeks, where she had the opportunity to meet and learn from “top casting directors”.
“It was a very good opportunity, it’s a shame it had to coincide with the Logies,” he said.
Kirsty was nominated for Most Popular New Female Talent for her role as Able Seaman Rebecca ‘Bomber’ Brown on WIN Television’s Sea Patrol.
Jessica Marais, from Seven Network’s Packed to the Rafters, received the silver Logie at the 51st TV Week Logie Awards on Sunday night.
Not seeing her on television, other than a head-shot was disappointing, and many people wanted to see her at the Logies, Mr Allan said.
However, he said that LA was a good opportunity for her as she was intent on learning more and creating more opportunities for her career.
“This opportunity may have not come around again,” he said.
Mr Allan said if a job arose while Kirsty was in LA she would consider staying there for work.
“Wherever there is work, she will stay,” he said.