How Dubsmash Landed This Indigenous Man A Role On A Hit Television Show

    Ian Zaro's love of lip syncing has scored him a role on landmark show Black Comedy.

    20-year-old Ian Zaro says he is still pinching himself after landing a lead role in series two of the ABC show Black Comedy.

    Dubsmash is an app that allows users to lip sync along to famous movie lines, songs and sounds. One of Zaro's compilations went viral with over eight million shares on Facebook alone.

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    Even the creators of Dubsmash were impressed and asked Zaro if they could feature him in their official videos.

    "I started making lip sync videos in grade 12 and that app came out in 2014 and people were like 'how are you so good at this," he says.

    Originally from the small town of Ingham in far north Queensland, Zaro, who is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, says the app is hugely popular within the Indigenous community.

    "I've noticed since I've started that heaps more Aboriginal and Islander people have started Dubsmash. I get heaps of them writing to me saying they were inspired by me and they tag me in everything that they do now," Zaro said.

    The first series of Black Comedy aired on ABC earlier this year and broke television history as the only mainstream show with a predominantly Indigenous cast, crew and writers table.

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