18 May

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Today has been pretty busy with packing and getting ready for the road trip, so this post will be a short one. Even though today was a holiday, we still had an acting class, where we did a scene from Almost Famous. I am familiar with the movie and the characters, but I wasn’t on top of the intricacies and details, so we got to play around with some of it, trying it different ways. There was even a moment when I was so busy listening to what my scene partner was saying that I completely forgot my next line. It was a lot of fun and I can’t wait for next month :)

“I believe the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity, is daring to dare.”

-Maya Angelou

Movies, Photoshoots and Yoga ;)

17 May

I just got back from having my entire family watch The Dark Shack. It was definitely nervewracking, but also exciting, and touching to have them all so supportive of me and my dream. For my grandmother’s sake, I will hopefully have a character who gets treated better in my next movie ;)

My week was mostly spent working, planning and catching up on finales, but this weekend I did a lot of going out. On Friday, my brother took me to see Pitch Perfect 2 for my birthday. The movie was absolutely hilarious, and really touching. I haven’t yet, but am hoping to someday find my sisterhood as well. Maybe even while filming an awesome movie like that one.

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Saturday started off with a photoshoot for Circonstance, a french webseries I will be filming this summer. I was a bit skeptical when I found out how young the guy in charge of everything is, but he actually had a pretty good group of people, and seems to be on top of things. Looking forward to seeing how it will turn out :)

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After that, I brought Chelsea and Sam to the soft opening of Akasha Yoga Montreal, which you should definitely check out if you are in the area. I am used to doing yoga at home, in my basement, with a youtube video, so doing it in a group was sort of new, but also so much fun. The teacher was really warm and funny, we left feeling like we got a nice workout and even helped a friend of mine with some filming for the opening :) After that, my brother and I brought my mom to the movies to see Age of Adaline, followed by a family supper. All in a day’s work ;)

As for today, I went to a bootcamp class with my cousin, then spent the day at my grandmother’s before we all watched the Dark Shack. Now to relax, and learn some lines :)

“But one thing I knew and recognized was that people all around me were giving up and going home. I just, quietly, never gave up.”

-Harrison Ford

Closing Night and Class Goals

12 May

My first experience with the Becket Players is now officially over. I had a blast performing with a talented group of singers, actors, dancers and musicians, and even got the excitement of an evacuation before our closing night. Everything turned out okay, and we gave one final heartfelt performance. I now have a lot more free time, but kind of miss getting up there on stage and being a part of the Becket Players ;)

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In addition to the shows, I have also been working on my demo reel, and had 2 classes with Suzanna. This month, my first scene was from Eat Pray Love. It is definitely a challenge to find the balance between being hurt and angry while getting a divorce when neither party necessarily did anything wrong, you just don’t want to be married anymore. We put it on tape yesterday, and it took us a take or two to get into the groove, but I am really happy with one of them. It was while watching two of my classmates do their scene that I came up with my class goals. I was blown away by their performance, and I wasn’t the only one. They held nothing back, bringing the anger, the pain, the tears. It was the first time that I asked to switch cameras while filming, so that I could see the performance from the other side. Ever since I joined the Advanced class, I feel like I am really learning from my classmates, almost as much as from doing my own scenes. One of my goals is now to be able to move my classmates like their scene moved me. I want to tackle those hard emotions and relationships and be convincing and honest. I feel like a scene like the one from last night would be something that could definitely get me to cry, since you have enough of a build up to get there. Even just filming them, I felt the tears coming. The third goal is to do a scene with a proper british accent, which I will do once I have taken classes, probably in the early fall.

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Other than a lot of work at McGill and a lovely Mother’s Day with the amazing mothers in my life, that was pretty much my week :)

“I had to stop going to auditions thinking ‘Oh, I hope they like me.’ I had to go in thinking I was the answer to their problem.”

-George Clooney

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P.S. Thanks to Bonnie Gillespie article on Launching at 85%, you can now see my new demo reel under the tab on the upper right corner :)

Opening Night at Becket :)

3 May

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I haven’t really done much these past few days, except of course for Opening Night of “Don’t Stop The Music” and 2 additional shows on Saturday. We had been rehearsing for months for this, and it was definitely something to see it come to life. Plus, being in a play was one of my fears that I now get to cross off, meaning I only have 4 left for my 30 before 30.

I don’t want to tell you all about the show, because there are still 3 more showings next weekend, but as far as my experience of it…During rehearsals, I would often feel like the rehearsal space was so far away and wondering why I had signed up for this when it made me have to turn down other things, but the week leading up to opening night and doing the shows, I understood that this is why we do it. It also helps that I now have most of the names down and have actual conversations with the cast members. I love being a part of a team, having shots before the show, rushing to get ready between scenes, hanging out in the dressing room…just being a part of something.

All in all, I think it is an awesome show that you should all come and see, and I met some amazing people and lived some experiences I won’t soon be forgetting ;)

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”

-Joan Walsh Anglund (made popular by Maya Angelou)

End of Tech Week :)

30 Apr

So, this past week has been pretty busy for me. I have been working at McGill, I had an acting class, and we have been rehearsing every single night this week for Opening Night tomorrow. Tonight is our one night off, so I am going to see the Avengers with my brother, but I thought I would drop by first to let you know how things are going.

First off, in acting class on Monday, I had to rush in and out in order to get to rehearsal, but I still got to do my scene a bunch of times, audition style. I had debated not going, but the part was so not what I usually play, that I absolutely had to give it a try. I was Zoe, from House of Cards, and the scene is about her trying to reclaim some power, and she does it in a way I would never attempt, and uses words I would not be using. Still, it was really interesting to get to be in the kind of circumstance I would never see myself as being in. We tried doing it still once, which was definitely a challenge, and it forced me to not be all smiling, like I usually am. Definitely a learning experience.

As for rehearsals, we have done the whole show multiple times, sometimes just cue to cue to make sure we have the lighting and the cues right, all the way to yesterday’s dress rehearsal. It is really something to see how the show evolves every time we do it. I can’t wait to share it with everyone on Opening Night tomorrow! Keep your fingers crossed for me ;)

Don’t lower your expectations to meet your performance. Raise your level of performance to meet your expectations. Expect the best of yourself, and then do what is necessary to make it a reality.

One Step Closer :)

26 Apr

One step closer to being a kickass character that is, although I wasn’t sure one of those words would fare well in the title. I’m also one step closer to getting work in Toronto, at least theoretically.

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To fill you in, on Thursday, we had our last rehearsal before going into tech week, which they keep referring to as Arena Hell Week. That starts today, so we will see how it goes :)

Then on Friday, all I had planned was to drive to Toronto for my stunt thing (which actually wasn’t so much about stunts. I misled you). I was packing up my things, about to head out when I got an email asking me to do a self-tape for a commercial. I slightly delayed my departure to do this with my dad. Whether or not anything comes from this (although we all have our fingers crossed, right?) it was my Toronto background agent who had submitted me for a commercial, and the director liked my pictures enough to ask for a self-tape. So, one step closer to getting work, and a huge victory for me :)

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On Saturday, I spent the day at the batcave, taking the Tactical Performing Artist Course. It was awesome. Gary, the instructor, was super nice and knowledgeable and funny. I learnt about uniforms, gun handling, stances, rope tying and all kinds of really cool things. I also discovered that the medical training courses they offer aren’t only for medical professionals. They are medical certifications, but you just need a first aid/CPR course to take them. It would bring me one step closer to that childhood dream I had of being a doctor, and it would let me be an asset in the zombie apocalypse. Not that I’m expecting it or anything, but with all the shows and movies, one wonders how they would fare, and it’s a silly side goal of mine to be of use in a situation like that (natural disasters count too).

All in all, it was a really fun and inspiring weekend. Hope next week is just as fun, and with opening night of the play on Friday, and two more shows on Saturday, it will definitely be interesting ;)

“Life is it’s own reward.”

-Morgan Freeman

Burgers and Class :)

22 Apr

I had an awesome time in class on Monday. We are a small group, so we got to do our scene multiple times, each time making the relationship stronger and more believable. We had to work on cutting each other off and doing things like you would in a normal conversation, rather than just syaing your lines. I think I like our before last take best, because I did it naturally instead of thinking about doing it. Unfortunately, I didn’t entirely trust my instinct and stopped when I realized I was doing it, but I still think it was a solid take ;)

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I always write about how much I enjoy talking with other actors before and after class, or at McGill, so on Monday I put my money where my mouth is and accepted an invite to go out for burgers after class. I only ended up having a milkshake, but I really enjoyed just going somewhere and hanging out with friends. Especially making new friends ;)

Yesterday I worked all day on a pretty emotional scenario, which was an interesting acting exercise. Today, I get to relax and work on that second book!

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.”

-Rick Warren

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