Back in high school, they used to say, "If you had tits, you'd be a really hot chick." Once I cut my hair short, the compliments stopped.
I spent the formative years of my life as a girl
- at least that's what most people thought.
I got a chance to know what it was like to be treated as the opposite sex. This gave me a unique perspective on the world, developed my sense of humour and ultimately helped me as a storyteller.
While I may now look like a man,
I'm still an insecure teenaged girl on
I'm reminded of this every time I find
myself crying at the end of High School
I got my start in the industry as an actor
on the comedy series "You Can't Do That
On Television". This is where I learned that
you can show up to work with a blonde
mullet, do your job terribly, and still get paid.
I am now a writer/director.
I received my training at Ryerson
University where I was the recipient
of the Norman Jewison Filmmaker Award
and City TV Best Film Award for my short
comedy THE AFFECTED TURTLENECK TRIO.
My latest projects include BABYSITTING ANDY
(distributed by Wolfe Video on the “He Likes Guys"
and “She Likes Girls” Short film compilations - a film
that appealed to both gay men and lesbians - an impossible feat!),
MARJORIE (NSI Drama Prize), PAT’S FIRST KISS (TIFF Talent Lab Short), and 5 DYSFUNCTIONAL PEOPLE IN A CAR (Bravo!FACT)
Recently, I was accepted into the National Screen Institute's Totally Television program and the WGC-CTV Diverse Screenwriters program for my teen series AMNESIA GIRL. Also, I was a CTV Fellow at the Banff world Media Festival. AMNESIA GIRL ended up going into development with CTV, Canada’s largest network.
A few years ago, I forced myself out of my awkward comfort zone and
pitched a project I am passionate about. Mentored by Howie Wiseman and Anne Carey (THE AMERICAN, THE SAVAGES, ADVENTURELAND), I participated in Telefilm Canada’s
Pitch THIS! competition at
the Toronto International
Film Festival. In front of
over 200 industry types, I
pitched my feature comedy
DON’T TALK TO IRENE.
The project won the
DON’T TALK TO IRENE has since received development support from Telefilm, Corus Made for Pay, and Astral’s The Harold Greenberg Fund.
Produced by Alyson Richards, the project is now taking part in the 2012
CFC Telefilm Canada Comedy Exchange. I am obsessed with this character
and can’t wait to tell her story.
I’m also developing other film and tv projects, including an 80s time travel movie called HERE I GO AGAIN. It was just announced that it will be taking part in the inaugural Script to Screen Program.
I will spend the year taking the project from treatment to a polished, production-ready script with market viability. And yes, it does borrow its title from the amazing song by Whitesnake. I will definitely be channeling Tawny Kitaen doing the splits on the hood of a car as part as my creative process.
Recently, I've spent an unhealthy amount of time photoshopping my face onto Richard Simmons's body.
I also love to dance.
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