What was your first ACTRA gig?
MK – Oh, my goodness. This is going to show either my age or my memory. Or both. I’m pretty sure my early ACTRA gigs were Background work. That was a time when you had to complete a certain number of contracts doing Background in order to receive a membership.
What was your most memorable role?
MK – I was doing stand-in for Amreeka (2009). One day, in the mid-afternoon, I was standing back during the shooting. Around the corner, there was a separate crew building a set for a night time scene. I watched them for a few minutes. I had this wonderful thought and feeling come over me. We were making magic. I know that doesn’t answer the question of a memorable ‘role.’ But if I hadn’t been a member of ACTRA, I wouldn’t have been in that position to be able to be a part of the magic of movie-making.
What is your dream role?
MK – A dream role? Well, if you’re gonna dream… dream big. My dream role would be something along side Meryl Streep or Carol Burnett. Like I said – dream big. Other dream roles closer to home would be to be a part of stories that reflect the Canadian North, both historically and for the future and to be part of stories that are about the Indigenous Women that were and are a part of Turtle Island. My dream roles would be those that continue to tell stories.
How has being an ACTRA member benefitted you?
MK – ACTRA has been a huge benefit. I’ve never had a concern when I’ve been on set and I think a big part of that comes from being a member of ACTRA. Whenever I’ve signed a contract, I am very, very happy to know that I am doing that as a member of ACTRA, and for that I say thank you.
What do you look forward to most in serving on council?
MK – I was very excited and appreciative for being elected to council. I know I will have a lot to learn and by the same token, I know I will have a lot to contribute. As part of my intro as to why I wanted to serve on council, I mentioned that I am very interested in bringing forward some initiatives. These being related to the commercial sector and those working in background. I’m excited to get started on these ideas with council.