I finished 2017 with an amazing two weeks of family and friends. There was also a lot of Shakespeare and baking, to try and complete my resolutions, and I lost a role I had booked in Toronto because I couldn’t make it to the rehearsals on the 25th and 26th. This one hurt, but at the same time, it was pretty brave (and unlike me) to put myself first and not compromise on the things that are important to me (I agreed to be there on the 26th, but I wasn’t going to abandon my family on Christmas for a rehearsal).
Instead, I tagged along on a trip to Quebec city, where my grandfather treated us to Le Continental, which was amazing, as always. It also allowed me to see The Shape of Water (which was a lot better than I was expecting) and go for Afternoon Tea with a really good friend, who has been making sure that I never feel disconnected from home while in Toronto.
On the 31st, I helped another friend move from one apartment to another in Montreal. This is probably a trivial thing that most people reading this blog wouldn’t care about, but it’s how it happened that is worth sharing. You see, I made the decision that I would volunteer for Self-Tapes and stuff, even if I felt that I wasn’t the best person for the job (as in there is someone closer to them, either physically or friendship wise, not that I doubt my reading skills). This friend’s post was about moving, not about self-taping, but I figured that I wanted to put myself out there and help people, so it still qualified. However, he asked about a friend to help, not about someone. So my response was “Do I qualify?” At the time it was a joke, just a way to say I would help him out, but as we coordinated and eventually spent a few hours driving around together, we got to a place where I would definitely consider us friends. So, the point is that even if I don’t think I’m close enough to someone to volunteer for something, I should, because it is by spending time with people and opening up to each other that you actually become friends. A lesson everyone else maybe mastered in kindergarten, but it is better late than never!
I got to celebrate my mom’s birthday with her (and send in a few self tapes) before driving back to Toronto with 3 of my 4 roommates. It was a bit of a race against time (a safe one, I promise) because I had a photoshoot in Toronto around noon. We literally parked in the driveway, emptied the car, then I drove off as soon as the last bag was out.
The project is really interesting, with the photographer representing different stages of his life with different people in a tableau, so there were a lot of us. They were running behind, so I got to get to know some of the other representations, as well as the women in hair and makeup, and the woman running wardrobe, who was also from Montreal. She said she could tell I was from Montreal because of the hair, which was an interesting concept. Either way, she was right.
On Sunday, we set out to watch the Golden Globes, fully clad in black, only to find that the cold had killed my car. Undeterred, we started walking to our destination, making a pit stop at another pub before finding a great crowd to watch the show with. I loved the sea of black, and there are so many messages in the acceptance speeches, or simple statements placed before the announcement of the nominees (love you Natalie!) that either make you laugh, cry, get angry, or maybe go completely over your head, but the fact that people are talking about it, and that others are listening…it’s still saying something.
On Monday, we had our first meetup for Montreal Actors who have relocated to Toronto, which was mostly just a chance to see each other, make some new friends and talk shop, which is one of my favorite kinds of talk. And I am serious about my plan to becoming kickass, so even though I’m pretty sure they are way out of my league, I got invited to tag along when some of the others go to a parkour gym. I emphasized that I was very much a beginner, but eager to learn. So we will see if they follow up?
Yesterday was mostly spent writing, because I am trying to finish the story I started for this year’s Nanowrimo. I am very close, so have been slightly obsessive with it these days (my roommates will attest) but I also got groceries. Which seems like nothing, but I was mostly bringing a few meals or eating out when I was in Toronto last year, so now I am finally accepting that this is where I live, and I am buying things accordingly.
Today, I had an audition for a commercial, which is super exciting for me. I ran it a bunch of times with Lara, getting her feedback, then went and did my best, trying to show confidence, but also to bring me to it. It was my first time auditioning for this casting house, they were all incredibly nice, and I hopefully made a good impression that will have them bringing me back. And casting me.
Before I leave you, my awesome roommate Lara Binamé happens to be making her first TV appearance tonight, so we are having a little viewing party at our place. If you’re in town, come on over, and if not, you can watch her in The Detectives on CBC at 9 🙂
“What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have. And I’m especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories. Each of us in this room are celebrated because of the stories that we tell, and this year we became the story. But it’s not just a story affecting the entertainment industry. It’s one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics or workplace.”