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Zombie Apocalypse

Well dear readers, I am sure you have noticed I no longer adhere to the strict schedule of putting up a new post every Wednesday.ย  That is because my blog was beginning to feel like a lot of work, when I really prefer it to be about play ๐Ÿ™‚

So for 2013 I’m gonna blog whenever I: feel like it, am inspired, have the time or am avoiding doing something else.

In other news.ย  Have you heard of Zombie Foods?ย  They are an amazing new food company and they make food for your everyday apocalypse AND their products are gluten-free just for me.ย  I am tickled pink!ย  That’s right, I inspired a gluten-free transfer or (rather) they were already thinking of heading in that direction and then they met me and it solidified their idea but still it feels good to be included in a food company I believe in.

Feel free to check out their website – and their products ๐Ÿ˜€

Their cereal and bars will help you get all the fibre your body so desperately wants (and needs) and they are all local ingredients made locally.

In acting news – I’ve got a new headshot

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Such a wonderful experience Jumping for Joy with Eyoalha

JUMP FOR JOY Photo Project

A sunshiny jump of joy with Meeshelle near English Bay Beach in Vancouver BC Canada.

Have a splendid day!

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Ride the Cyclone

On Tuesday night my friend Gaelle and I went to see Ride the Cyclone at the Arts Club Theatre on Granville Island.ย  I was super excited to see my friend Kelly perform since I hadn’t seen her on stage since we shared the spotlight in Cannibal the musical (the stage version) some-odd ten(ish) years ago, aka not since I wielded THIS

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Well let me just say that Ride the Cyclone is AWESOME and Kelly totally ROCKS THE HOUSE!!ย  Gaelle and I left soooo fricking happy and elated. (We were so happy we didn’t even care that Gaelle’s head got cut off in the photo)

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Nothing does it quite like extraordinary theatre and Ride the Cyclone has got something for everyone.

Also, I am just so proud of my gal.

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Go Kelly Go ๐Ÿ˜€

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Situational Comedy

Doing comedy scares the heck outta me so of course I signed myself up for a sitcom acting workshop (with Matthew Harrison) last weekend and I am so glad I did.ย  I met some very talented people, learned a ton and laughed my arse off.

Friday we started off in the audience of Package Deal, a new series being shot in Vancouver for Citytv.ย  Being an audience member was a lot of fun.ย  I learned a lot AND won some PD mugs!! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Watch for the series coming to Citytv mid-season, it is gonna be awesome!!

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On Saturday it was off to the races: breaking down scripts, performances, beats and timing.ย  This is tough stuff.ย ย  You have to be based in the reality of drama but react to crazy heightened experiences clearly expressing your intentions, the lines AND hit it all at the ‘right’ time or it won’t be funny.ย  Too far one way and you are a caricature, too far the other and you lose the rhythm and therefor the humour of the scene.

Matthew guided us all with unfailing enthusiasm for the art form and by midday Sunday everyone was rising to the occasion.
Later that afternoon we were joined by Jason Furukawa who directed and shot our scenes.

At the end of the weekend I felt like my head had been twisted and put on backwards but it was a good feeling – if you can imagine such a thing being a good feeling.

Next up – get my own sitcom ๐Ÿ™‚

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Arctic Air Season 2

I had the pleasure of getting to go to the Arctic Air Season 2 Premiere screening at the CBC studio last night.

I really appreciate how Adam Beach included his fellow cast members, the creator Ian Weir and other producers/directors during the question/answer period.

Got a chance to speak with Ian after the premiere and that guy is pretty awesome.

I had a great night all ‘around’ – CBC knows how to throw a good party ๐Ÿ™‚

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Merry Christmas/Happy New Year

I just noticed that I didn’t properly set up my vacation post to post so MERRY CHRISTMAS!!ย  I hope everyone had a good one ๐Ÿ™‚

Also, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!ย  I thought 2011 (with my Leo Nomination) would be impossible to beat but 2012 brought a lot of amazing things my way such as:

10) Project True

– I feel very fortunate to be a part of this worthy cause

9) Jumping for Joy

– so many reasons to remember to enJOY life ๐Ÿ™‚

8) A Little Black Strap & Perfect Set of Troubles & Flicker & Therapy on NSI & Beer Chicken & Bathroom Etiquette & Vita Bella & The Fashion Video

– the short films that could ๐Ÿ˜‰

7) 2 Girls, 1 Guy

– such a great experience

6) 4 Minute Films

– it is great being a part ofย  something that showcases local talent

5) Grave Encounters 2

– too scary for me to watch the whole movie

4) The Eddies

– so proud of Kert for being a finalist ๐Ÿ˜‰

3) Tough Mudder

– it was tough and we did it ๐Ÿ˜‰

2) Doing the Robot with Wil Wheaton & Asking Patty Stew a Question in front of thousands of people

– it was a truly wonderful experience to talk to Patrick Stewart

1) Getting Engaged!!

– my favourite 2012 milestone for obvious reasons

The year was full of so much more but these experiences were the highlights.ย  Honourable mention goes to Christopher Edwards who remains a constant source of light and inspiration.

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Wednesday rewind. I believe they are still looking for short films so submit!!

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I am the host of a great new TV Show called โ€˜4 Minute Filmsโ€™ where we showcase local independent filmmakers in 4 minutes (or less).ย  It is a fantastic opportunity for people to get exposure for their work so if you have any produced projects (and own all the rights) submit submit submit ๐Ÿ™‚

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The team behind this show: Lori, Jim, Chris & Drew w/ special guest Evil Patrick, are awesome people.ย  I am so grateful to get to work with them!

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