You’re just finishing your third year of the Creative Industries program, is that correct?
Yes! I have officially completed three years of the Creative Industries program at Ryerson University.
How did you wind up at Ryerson? Why did you choose the Creative Industries program?
It’s interesting looking back now at my journey to Ryerson, because choosing my program felt like one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make. Initially, I was actually trying to move to New York City to pursue an education in the Musical Theatre program at New York University. I was really torn at the time, because I knew I wanted a business background as well as involvement in the arts and creative world. Looking back, it was a really tough decision to give up performing full time, but the Creative Industries program has given me the opportunity to challenge myself both artistically, and intellectually. I am a huge advocate for the program, and recommend it to any performers looking for a more interdisciplinary approach to learning. Not only can I continue acting and performing, but I can consider myself a business woman as well.
You finished up a TV series before starting at Ryerson, correct? What was the transition like? Are you currently acting?
I was the lead of a Canadian sitcom called Life With Boys, which I filmed throughout most of my years of high school. I always stayed as involved in school as I could, and had a nice balance of being on set, and staying engaged in the social aspects of school. I was lucky enough to attend a musical theatre high school in Scarborough called Wexord Collegiate School for Performing Arts. They really supported my career and let me stay enrolled in school, and the musical theatre program while I was focused on my film and television career out of school.
My transition into Ryerson felt very natural. Throughout my first year of university I was mainly committed to school work, and meeting new people. I wanted to create a strong foundation before jumping back into the acting world. It wasn’t until second year that I started to balance both school, and acting again. I shot a new Nickelodeon series throughout this past semester. I also carried a full course load. This is another reason the Creative Industries program has been a perfect fit for me, as I’ve been able to meet my career goals while staying in school due to the support of my faculty, and its professors.
What do you envision yourself doing, professionally, after graduation?
Like most students, I do not have one set plan post graduation in terms of my career, but I do have many goals. Throughout this summer I have been interning at a Digital Marketing company in Toronto called #paid. Last summer, I lived in Los Angeles and interned at a Fashion Public Relations showroom. I continue to act on the side, and I also manage on a lot of brand collaborations and campaigns through my social media channels. All this to say that this program does not prepare you for one strict opportunity, or job. If anything it prepares you for the constant flux of the Creative Industries. It has taught me core skills about communication, marketing, and film while also giving me the ability to monetize my art in a creative but entrepreneurial way. I’ve thought about potentially attending law school in the interest of entertainment law, but I may also find myself building my own brand through a startup, and collaborating with other students from my program. Either way, I feel that I will be able to approach my career from a very well-rounded perspective no matter where I may find myself in the future.
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What does a typical day look like for you?
Honestly, it depends on the day! Some days are 100% lame and I will spend 6 hours sitting in a lecture on campus. Other days I am flying to new cities and shooting content for brand collaborations. On top of all that I have days with auditions, days with family and loved ones, and days for Netflix 😉 Life is all about balance.
What projects have you recently been working on?
So many exciting opportunities have been presenting themselves lately. I shot a new Pilot TV show recently that I can’t wait to share with my fans. I have also had the pleasure of working with brands like GUESS and hosted their 35th Year Anniversary Event. I am finishing up my third year of university, starting a new internship in May and taking festival season by storm!
What do you find most challenging and exciting about your career?
The most challenging aspect of my career is managing uncertainty. My career is well rounded and I work a variety of different projects, but I am still a freelancer. This does tend to cause stress and anxiety because on some level I am always looking for my next gig! The most exciting aspect is being creative, and doing what I love. I am so passionate about my work and always have been. That’s the drive that keeps me hustling.
Where does your passion derive from?
A love for art, performance, and human connection.
How do you manage a healthy work/life balance?
I have ALWAYS been a huge advocate for work/life balance. I have been saying “work hard, play hard” since I turned twelve if that gives you any indication to my approach. I work hard, but I really do take time for myself. I will hit the gym, do yoga, travel, get wine with friends and still hand in projects and deliverables to clients on time. I really think it comes down to time management.
What does success look like to you?
Doing what I love in a city that I love.
(Plus an expensive bottle of wine)
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
It sounds lame, but I think my university career. I have made a lot of sacrifices in my life to make my education a priority. As lucky as I have been to build a career for myself I really am proud that I continue to push myself to learn more about my industry.
What’s one word that best describes your personality?
My boyfriend and family would say “loud” or “dramatic”.
I would say… “passionate”.
What is your greatest fear?
Spiders. Plane crashes. Losing someone I love.
What is your most treasured possession?
Pictures with friends and families (the hard copies). I love capturing moments. I have so many candid polaroids and photos with friends and family hung up on my bedroom wall. Those moments will never exist again so I tend to hold those physical copies very close to my heart.
If you weren’t doing what you’re doing, what would you be doing?
I think I would be on Broadway performing if I hadn’t given up my musical theatre pursuit. But I think I chose the right path.
Where is your favourite place to travel and why?
I love Naples, Florida because it’s so relaxing. I love Costa Rica because the zip lining through the jungle is unreal. I also love traveling to Los Angeles to see friends!
Where would you most like to live?
NY, New York. Ain’t no city like it in the world.
How do you spend your down time?
Netflix + Chill, Martini’s + Friends, Music + Writing, Shopping + Dining
If you could spend a day with any person (living or dead), who would it be and why?
Marilyn Monroe. I AM SO CURIOUS WHAT HER VIBE WOULD BE!
If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
A bird, I think I would love to be able to fly.