And my heart broke today

A couple years back, I had made a decision for myself to never post anything “negative” on social media sites. I figured the world had enough problems and darkness to propagate it, and if I could shine positivity then it’d be for the best. 

But. Today.

Ugly.

Horrifically, another plane from Malaysia Airlines is gone.  Not to mention other regions of the world. Hamas/Gaza Vs Israel. There’s still so much chaos in Syria.

My heart is breaking. At the end of the day, there is so much senseless death and loss over....what? Let’s boil it down shall we? It’s because of: Hate/Prejudice/Ignorance. Then those who either have to/feel the need to retaliate to protect ones own. And thus the cycle begins. And where does it end?

At the end of the day, whoever is “RIGHT” or whoever “WINS”, children still were the cost. Innocent lives were still the cost. Nobody wins and my fear is these children of war will loose faith in humanity and choose the same ugly paths when they are older.

And all I keep thinking is “what can we do?"

I feel helpless. I have been given the gifts that come with living in a country like Canada. But is our only option to sit back and watch? Is empathy and sadness my only contribution? (Outside of donating to charities)?

My prayer is that with education, awareness, and empathy, future generations will somehow realize that war is not the answer. It never has been.

Now I just pray that the aftermath of this chaos ends as “well” as it can. I pray of the lost souls.

Still. I can’t shake the thought “What can we do?”. 

How Writing This Screenplay Is Making Me a Better Person

The more research I do on a screenplay I’m writing, the more it’s teaching me to open my eyes to the state of our world. I am reading about journalists who have lost their lives in the pursuit of uncovering truths in countries like syria (RIP Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik) and the impact the war is having on the women and children. Instead of making me sad and disillusioned, it makes me only think one thing: One planet. One love. If we all put thought and care into our passions/pursuits with a consideration of others, we can absolutely make the world better.

 

Images like the one below are what keep me going with writing my feature. It’s my fuel:

 

 

If you have some time, donate to this incredibly important cause. The Lost Generation-Children of Syria. 

https://donate.unhcr.ca/index_custom.php?page_id=syria-digital&gclid=CIT50Nuhr78CFUhufgodwR8A1g&gclsrc=aw.ds

Leo Awards 2014

Mackenzie Grey (Super Man: Man Of Steel) and myself dance our way on to the stage. It helped me relax and I had so much fun doing comedy skits with him throughout presenting. We were backstage improving our lines, just moments before heading to the stage, and it was so exciting doing that! The best part was giving the award away to the winners who were all so giddy and happy. 

Top: Dance Entrance to the Leo Awards. Middle: Comedy skit with my hilarious fellow thespian. Bottom: The best feeling in the world-giving away an award and making someones day!

Becoming Sophie

Here are some candid photos taken from the filming of my second producing project, called "Becoming Sophie". The cast and crew were nothing less than exceptional. My partner, Crystal Lowe, helmed as a first time director with Ashley Alexander writing and starring in the project, and Alisson Amigo producing as well. I couldn't be more proud and excited about the upcoming results. Looking forward to sharing the project with you all.