I feel like by this age, most women have figured out that life doesn’t always go the way you thought it would when you were younger. Or, where you wanted it to go. When I lived in Calgary, the only thing I knew for sure that I LOVED was dance. My competitive duet partner was my best friend Aviva, and we both lived and breathed competitions and hip hop. We used to go to a bar called Coyotes (Calgary people will have fond memories of this) when we were about 16 or 17 years old in full sweat suits, buy bottles of water and dance until the bar closed. Some of the most fun days of my life so far.
When I went to university and realized I couldn’t dance with Aviva at the bar for the rest of my life (or be paid for it… high hopes), I noticed I didn’t have the same passion for anything else. It was a terrible feeling, but I also I’m lucky to have felt what a dying passion feels like.
I chased this same feeling for years, trying a plethora of different things but nothing made me feel the same way dance did. After I graduated, I decided to move to LA with my sister and try some acting classes (performance is sort of my thing). I fell deeply in love with acting and about a year later, I moved to Vancouver to pursue a “career” in acting. It ended up being more like a career in waitressing, which was also fun at the time.
During a visit to Vancouver, my sister mentioned to me that she was thinking of getting her real estate license, and that I should too. I didn’t give much thought to it because it wasn’t my ‘craft’ (as if I was already a movie star). Although after years of serving and never, ever wanting to deliver a burger to anyone ever again, I signed up for the real estate course.
As it turns out, I love real estate! Who knew? Now I’m here, full time into a career I enjoy every day and as life always comes back around, I now have a TV show! I think the moral of my story is, try it ALL. Don’t let what you do dictate who you are because they are often two different things. I’ll always be a dancer/actor/performer even if that’s not my job title. Life has a way of working out but only if you let it.