Dundas, now 30, went on to become a host of Getaway before moving to the US where he’s the co-host of Big Morning Buzz Live. The pop-culture show is filmed live daily in Times Square with Dundas interviewing actors, musicians, celebrity chefs and writers.
His segue from graphic design student at the University of Western Sydney to TV host came in 2003 when he saw an ad for an MTV presenter, which encouraged viewers to apply. He applied and was called back for a camera test hours after his initial interview.
“Later that night an MTV camera crew arrived at my house to announce the news – I had the job,” he says.
Over the next three years he hosted shows including TRL Live, Homebuzz and MTV News, in between surfing with his mates on Sydney’s Northern Beaches where he lived.
From there he got one of the most coveted jobs on Australian television – host of Getaway. Over the next fours years Dundas traveled to over 40 countries and 100 cities. A typical trip would take him to South America (his favourite continent) through the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon and on to Carnivale in Rio de Janeiro.
“During the trip it’s all a blur, you don’t sleep, you’re jumping time zones, you’re tired and it all flies by so quickly,” he says. “However, months later, you come home and you’ll be thinking about what you’ve actually done. Working on Getaway, you get to live the nation’s dreams, and portray them on TV. It’s incredible.”
Dundas had been living in Los Angeles for about two years, flying in and out for Getaway trips, when he was offered the Big Morning Buzz Live gig.
He’s been living in New York since October 2011 and thinks the positive reputation Australians enjoy in the US has helped his career.
“Having developed my TV hosting career in the Australian workforce I have a very hard working, no fuss attitude,” he says. “The US entertainment industry is an extremely hard and sometimes painfully slow game to break into, so I definitely feel being an Australian has contributed to my quick success internationally.”
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