For the past 10 years, at least, I have been getting my headshots done by my good friend Essenin Quijada. He is an amazing photographer and always makes me feel comfortable and relaxed. He produces some of my favorite photos, here is a small example of his work and a link to his website, I urge you to check it out!
It is not often you see an industry get together to fight for survival, tonight was one of those nights! The turnout to the town hall meeting was amazing. 4,500 plus film industry workers gathered together in the hopes, that we can kickstart a campaign, the likes of which we have never seen. My number one take away was, we have to make people care, not just film people but everybody! We have to tell them our story, no matter how or where you fit in the industry. A comment made during the Q and A really summed this up for me. “We are the only industry that has such a huge ego that we don’t even have a name for ourselves” We just refer to it as “The industry” We have to show how the film industry affects our economy, culture, society, our psychology even. For many, film is a mystery that’s why I started this blog! To engage others with my story and the story of those I know and admire. But these people and myself are losing the chance to do what we love and in turn it is negatively affecting our local economy. When you think of a film production what comes to mind? The actors, the sets, the locations, the crew, wardrobe, makeup artists, hair dressers, drivers, extras, and on and on and on. How many extra dollars are brought into a local economy? The answer is a lot! EP Canada president, aka the person who signs my cheques (when I am working) says, they are gathering information on the numbers, of the actual losses but the picture is not good, studios are empty, many are out of work and I do not think people understand the full ramifications for B.C. I know this first hand, because so many of my friends and colleagues have left B.C. and taken their tax dollars, house buying potential, shopping, gym memberships, hell Starbucks revenue elsewhere. Ontario is becoming the new Hollywood North, or Hollywood East? The question is, for those that want to, and please, please want to!! How can you help? You can talk to others about how film affects you, how has it affected your life. One speaker talked of how a production had bought 20,000 dollars worth of roses from a florist for a wedding scene, the trickle down effect is so important to our economy and we are losing ALL of it! Storytelling is in our blood, lets use that to bring awareness to this cause. We are the only multibillion dollar industry that is not represented by a “Ministry” unlike Fisheries and Oceans or Forestry and much more eco-friendly! You have to start writing to your MLA’s, make appointments to see them face to face, this is your right! Do not take for granted the kind of change we can bring about if we just try. This is my “Braveheart” battle cry and instead of “Freedom” I cry “Film Industry, united we can work” Lets make it happen!
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