When I was 18, I remember declaring to my grade 12 friends that one day I would have my own tv show. A few of them scoffed, but that only fueled my fire to make my dream a reality. I had no idea how to make it happen. I had no idea what the show would be about, who the audience would be and what and who I needed to know to make it on tv. Never the less, the moment I threw my grad cap in the air, my journey began.
My first step - bright lights, big city! I moved from the seaside town of White Rock to Vancouver, settling into a cute little bachelor apartment in East Van and got myself a job at the Bread Garden.
The next step fell into my lap on my 19th birthday. My mom took me to Granville Island to watch improv, and I was enthralled. Word got out to the performers that it was my birthday, so they pulled me up on stage to perform with them for a skit. I was hooked. I trained with VTSL for 2 years, learning to push my boundaries and abilities and opening me up even further. I dabbled in stand-up comedy and performed a few shows, which led to meeting some people.
Step 3. I received a job in promotions at a radio & tv station and I remember thinking at this point I was so close to realizing my dream… not so fast. I joined a mentorship program that was way out of my budget but was aided by a friend, and because of that, I was able to create my tv pilot that was about “getting out there and going for the gusto!” and took it to the executives at CITY TV and KVOS TV. Dream realized?! Not quite.
This was the beginning of hearing "no" often, but it made me stronger and examine what I wanted to do on TV and how best to make that work. I had a myriad of experiences which culminated in a position as a producer and host of a TV travel show. I was paid $600 a month and put my blood, sweat and tears into the show. I needed to prove to people, and myself most importantly, that I could make my dream a reality. I gave it my all for a year and made some great connections. I decided to put together another concept and try again, with a lifestyle comedy show with some friends. I gathered up enough guts to meet with CHEK TV executives and pitched them my show. They said yes. I had realized my dream. And that's when reality came crashing down. I had 4 months to produce the show that would be put in a primetime spot at 8:00pm on Thursday, and I didn't have a single dollar to put towards it!
Long story short, we did it. We produced 7 episodes and even through all the ups and downs and learning, I could say, 11 years after declaring my dream, that I had done it.
It was a much longer road than I thought, there is no "right" or easy route, and it takes more work and effort than you could imagine. Like Elizabeth Gilbert from "Eat Pray Love" says, "if you’re not willing to eat that sh*t sandwich again and again, it really means you don’t want it bad enough."
I now have a successful career as an Entrepreneur with my video production company and web/tv show - my second! It’s been an incredibly messy, creative, challenging journey but what’s life if you can’t live out your heart's desire.