Our ‘Captain’ is speaking. Noosa man face of Flight Centre
IT TOOK a year of interviews, auditions, readings, filming to camera and "call backs" but Noosa's Richard Klinge has landed a long-term contract as Flight Centre's "Captain".
Mr Klinge will be the face of Flight Centre for the next decade and appear on all its promotional material in every one of its 2500 stores in 11 countries.
"It was a rigid audition processes," he said.
"I was called back every three-to-four weeks for an interview with one of the executives or the board of directors, or to do a read, or to do a commercial. They'd give me five minutes to learn a script to see how I handled the pressure and to see how I performed to camera. They invited me to social functions to see how I acted. It was a long process."
Mr. Klinge, who attended Noosa High and now owns and operates a Noosa business connected to the building industry, is no stranger to the camera.
He spent some years in Hollywood as a presenter and occasional actor before giving it up and travelling with his then terminally ill wife. "After my wife passed away I came back to Noosa and bought a business with my brother," he said.
"This Flight Centre role came after my agent contacted me and suggested I go for it to take my mind off things."
During the year-long interview process, Flight Centre executives were so impressed with Mr Klinge's ideas and input they have now also given him a role as marketing consultant.
As well as appearing on commercial material for Flight Centre, the 10-year contract involves filming commercials, introducing new products and attending product launches and seminars. "Flight Centre rotates its 'captains' every seven to 10 years. I'm in my 30s, I'm the youngest they've had."
Mr Klinge, who recently turned down a national magazine offer for a Top 20 Eligible Bachelor article, will continue to live in Noosa and operate his business.