Congratulations on your recent role in Gone! Can you tell us about that experience and role?
Thank you! It was one of the greatest experiences I’ve had on set. The cast and crew were so kind. It was my second time working with director Jeff Beesley, who is such an awesome hard working guy. And I got to drive around in a police car and carry a shotgun, so that was pretty cool too!
When did you become an ACTRA member, and what was your first union gig?
I believe it was about 10 years ago now. I just became a full member a few months ago. My first gig was a Speeding commercial. I was the bad driver! That was a lot of fun 😉
How has being a member of ACTRA benefited you?
It has benefited me by being able to learn more about the industry. There are a lot of workshops and training opportunities that I did not even know about before. It’s really great to have a union that protects and supports its actors.
What has been your favourite or most memorable role thus far?
That’s a tough question! I would probably have to say Frank James on The Pinkertons. It was such a cool show and getting to play an iconic character was pretty unreal.
How do you stay sharp? Do you have any training suggestions?
I do my best to take as many workshops as I can. I’ve worked with most of the coaches and instructors in Winnipeg and I advise any actors starting out to take as much training as possible. Like an athlete, you have to keep working out. I always go for coaching before auditions. I also teach acting classes for youth at Expressions Film Studio and I really find teaching has helped me as an actor, as well.
Do you have any advice for other actors out there?
Don’t get frustrated! I booked my first role after my second audition ever. Then I did not book anything for five years. This past year I booked six professional TV and film roles. Don’t compare yourself with others. Every actor has their own path. If this is what you love to do then go for it. Don’t listen to people who will try to knock you down because they will. Keep going!