«I had a childhood that was both typical and atypical, I guess! I was born in the Bahamas, and we immigrated to Canada when I was 2 1/2. I grew up about 15 minutes from Toronto's downtown core, and spent most of my weekends throughout my childhood with my dad and brother walking up Yonge Street eating huge slices of pizza from a place called, appropriately, "The Big Slice" , going to movies, exploring Chinatown, hanging out along the waterfront and most importantly, attending all the live sporting events in Toronto that we could! I've been watching the Blue Jays and the Argos (our CFL football team) for most of my life, and we went to watch the Toronto soccer team The Blizzard when they were still around, and I have been to lots of Raptors game since T.O. got the team. My showbiz intentions were proclaimed at the age of four, when I requested ballet classes after seeing a performance on t.v. and saying "I want to do that!" I was a very dedicated dance student with my focus always on my goal of becoming a performer, I studied every discipline offered, travelled to lots of competitions in Canada and the U.S.-- won some trophies, too!-- and eventually attended ballet school in T.O. It was at ballet school, where I was told I wouldn't become a ballet dancer, that I was encouraged to get an acting agent. I had been involved in the odd play in school and community theatre, and my ballet teachers noticed something, I guess, while I was involved in my ballet school's youth performing ensemble. So, I got myself a professional agent after doing some research, took myself on the subway to my auditions, and booked my first professional acting job shortly thereafter. I have now been acting professionally for 17 years, in theatre, film, t.v., commercials, radio and animation! There is no-one else in my immediate or extended family who is or has been involved in the performing arts, although my brother should be! My mom had a beautiful singing voice, and my dad has helped me on various occasions to pull apart a script and analyse it, so the love of the arts is in my blood, I guess. I get the odd extended family member who out of concern asks me "so when are you going to go to university and get a real job??", but because I know the questions come out of love I bite my tongue!! »
«I had a childhood that was both typical and atypical, I guess! I was born in the Bahamas, and we immigrated to Canada when I was 2 1/2. I grew up about 15 minutes from Toronto's downtown core, and spent most of my weekends throughout my childhood with my dad and brother walking up Yonge Street eatin...»
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