Little before Lisa’s career blasted, right after her young days, Lisa was inspiring person. She kept her glory although her career and still is.
In February 1991 she won a 12-month contract with Coles Supermarkets for a series of print and TV advertisements in which she played ‘Lisa’ the girl-next-door checkout-chick. Though some in her position might want to forget this job, Lisa remembers it fondly, saying “it was great because she wasn’t just a smiling face selling a product; she was a character”. Her gratitude for this career start contributed to her decision to become the face of Coles again from 2003 to 2006.
In the years following graduation Lisa performed in a Victoria-wide high school tour of the educational John Romeril play about work experience, called ‘Working Out’, was in the chorus for a Sydney musical version of ‘Great Expectations’ starring Philip Gould (whom she later played opposite in ‘She Loves Me’), and starred as the hilarious aspiring ballerina postulant, Sister Mary Leo, in the short-lived sequel to the Dan Goggin musical ‘Nunsense’.
Other jobs she had Around this time include a brief appearance in a re-enactment about an alien-sighting in Bass Strait for the American series ‘Unsolved Mysteries’ and a role alongside many-a-famous Australian actor (including ‘Blue Heelers” William McInnes and Brett Climo) in the forgettable horror movie ‘Body Melt,’ in which her heavily-pregnant character was attacked by a ferocious placenta before dying from an exploding stomach. Lisa also spent time singing in a couple of bands including George Kapiniaris’ ‘The Flares’ and ‘Choice’ where she met former boyfriend, guitarist Jamie Osborne, with their relationship ending in 1996.
Although Lisa’s early forays into series television were inauspicious, she always “took it [the knockbacks] on the chin and got on with it”. In 1991 she filmed a promising pilot for a Steve Vizard/Artist Services comedy called ‘Turn it Up’ (aka ‘Radio Waves’) which starred a now well-known group of comedians including Marg Downey, Rob Sitch and Glenn Robbins. With the esteemed Ted Emery, Andrew Knight and Deb Cox working behind the scenes, it is perhaps surprising and a shame that it never got the greenlight. More disappointment was in store when, in 1993, Lisa won the lead role of Allie Carter in the pilot of ‘Newlyweds’ only to be replaced by Annie Jones for the series. This rejection, however, made her available for another Channel 7 project.