A little about me
I’m an international actress whose work stretches across the big screen and the stage, and I share my life with fellow actor Dion Johnstone. I am the youngest of four children and was born in Richmond Hill – just outside Toronto. As a child, I was shy and quiet, which is hard for most who know me now to believe – but with the help of my older siblings, I quickly found my voice.
My training at The Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts prepared me for the challenges that come with creating new roles, whether it be for the stage or screen.
I’m extremely honored to be supported by my community and to have received a Dora Award Nomination for my work as Penny in SoulPepper Theatre’s production of Father Comes Home From The Wars in Toronto.
While I enjoy immersing myself in a role, I also like to carve out time to expand my spiritual practices. Traveling across North America to work with respected spiritual teachers to learn more about mindfulness and meditation.
My advice to actors starting out.
Be creative about the approach you take towards building your career.
When I first started out, getting auditions for film and television was hard. It didn’t matter how talented I thought I was, no one was seeing me. I was new and had no professional work experience under my belt yet. After graduating from theatre school, I took one on-camera workshop after another, but I still wasn’t getting any auditions. When the anxiety got to be too much, I decided to take matters into my own hands.
First I had to realize that I wasn’t helpless, and then I had to have a conversation with my agent about why I wasn’t being seen, instead of worrying that they were going to drop me. After our talk, I learned that while “they”, casting directors, had heard wonderful things about my stage work, they didn’t know what I could do on film. So, I booked a studio session, got an actor friend to read a few different scenes with me and just like that I had a demo reel.
The results were amazing, my agent loved both my initiative and my scene choices so much that they started sending it out to casting directors when submitting me for roles. Within a week, audition started to role in and within a month I had landed a couple of commercials and my first principal booking. It wasn’t long after that, that I had more than enough material to put together a professional demo reel.
If acting is what you love doing and in your heart, you feel like that’s what you’re meant to do, then keep going after your dream. Be kind and patient with your heart, the artistic road is long and will require a strong spirit to walk it with grace.