Bio

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Although I grew up in Toronto, I went to school out west and graduated from the University of Victoria with a BFA in Acting. After working a couple years in Victoria, I returned to Toronto and though I landed a major role in Imagine Stories' short film,  Little Miss Jihad, I wasn't working nearly as much as I anticipated since graduating. Frustrated, I took what I thought was going to be a brief hiatus and got a job with a small catering company. Four years later after a few wake up calls that took the form of anxiety induced vertigo attacks (YUP, IT FUCKING SUCKED), I realized that I was very unhappy. I knew a change had to happen, but it took a lot of encouragement from my friends and family before I felt able to dive back into an industry I thought I'd left behind. An industry that is dripping with rejection.

It's been over a year since I quit my job last May. I remember the terror I felt, the sleepless nights, the all consuming anxiety I experienced in anticipation of losing that steady paycheque and steady (albeit highly stressful) routine. Often when I look back on those four years I spent away from the arts, with my time consumed by pastry and fancy dinner parties (as the cook NOT the host) I think,

"that's four years of theatre you missed out on, idiot".

But the truth is, while paint may be the artists medium, life is the actors. And living your life only makes you grow as an artist. Also... learning how to run a business and manage people on a daily basis are just good adulting skills...I also make damn good brioche and macarons sooo, yeah. PERKS.

In addition to all my acting stuff, I'm also head over heels (literally ;) ) in love with pole. I started pole dancing in 2014 and it's completely changed my life for the better. There's not enough time in the day to describe the benefits that pole has brought to my life, but to sum up:

1) it's a full body workout

2) it is an incredibly diverse form of dance that can incorporate multiple genres

3) it will make you LOVE your body

So, yeah. My life is basically ACT, POLE, EAT, REPEAT.

And I'm the happiest I've ever been :)

 

Toronto Monoluge Slam Champion July 2016

For more of my mad skills, see my resume page.