Women in Film and Television Vancouver (WIFTV) is proud to announce that twenty-one up and coming Vancouver actors have been selected to participate in the 2019 WIFTV Actor Career Mentorship Program. Launched by Vancouver Actor Krista Magnusson (Limitless, Lost Solace, Bloody Knuckles) in 2013, the Actor Career Mentorship aims to provide women actors with guidance and support as they work to advance their careers.
“I’m thrilled that with this group, over 100 women have now been in the program as mentees!” said Magnusson, “That is no small feat and it must be noted that it is truly a community effort. From the 37 mentors that have been involved to the 12 jury members, to the countless agents putting me in touch with all these people & more, it could not be done without everyone recognizing the importance & long-term impact a mentor can have on a person & career. As Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”
This year’s jury included Magnusson, Actor & creator of Jeb Beach & Associates, Jeb Beach (Travelers, To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before), and award-winning Casting Director, Candice Elzinga (When Calls the Heart, Man in the High Castle). The jury chose twenty-one mentees for this round, out of 34 successful applicants were chosen for their ability to clearly articulate their career intentions and goals for the program, and who demonstrated initiative towards finding and creating their own work, as well as efforts towards solving career challenges.
“It was truly an honour to be invited to be a part of the decision-making process for the WIFTV Mentorship Program.” expressed Beach. “I was highly impressed at the level of passion, drive, and commitment of so many worthy actors. No doubt the added ingredient of generous guidance from those who have found their way will be a major positive influence on the careers and lives of the mentees. Vancouver’s Film and TV community is lucky to have such a valuable program.”
This year’s matches are:
Aliza Vellani Kaylah Zander
Anne Marie DeLuise Treychel Anderson
Brittney Wilson Kassidee Campbell
Bronwen Smith Maegen Eastwood
Camille Sullivan Stephanie Izsak
Carly Pope Hannah Drew
Chelah Horsdal Yvette Benson
Crystal Lowe Janet Walmsley
Fiona Vroom Frédérique Roussel
Jennifer Spence Kristina Lao
Jennifer Copping Bailey Olson
Jill Morrison Tracy Varju
Keegan Connor Tracy Vivian Davidson
Kristin Lehman Kayla Deorksen
Lisa Durupt Catherine Lonsdale
Loretta Walsh Jennifer Pielak
Luvia Petersen Ana Maria Carrizales
Nicole Oliver Katherine Alpen
Pascale Hutton Keara Barnes
Priscilla Faia Caitlin McCarthy
Tammy Gillis Leslie Appleton
The program runs from January to July 2019. Mentees will work on their individual goals, most commonly involving insight into relationship building, how to build a long-term career, developing their own projects, branding, and work/life balance as the pairs meet for one hour, once a month, for six months. Mentees will also take part in a monthly volunteer placement, outside the film industry at the Vancouver Food Bank, as a way to give back to the community.
Applications for the 2020 edition of the WIFTV Actor Career Mentorship Program will open in October 2019. Details will be available at www.womeninfilm.ca.