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It's TIFF Season! So why aren't I there?

Updated: Jan 20, 2019

It's TIFF and if you follow my posts, you would know that one of my goals this year is to network the tits off TIFF. Well ladies and gentleman, I have not been. The simple reason is turns out money has been a real issue in Toronto for me. I had heaps of little goals like: Join a choir, do an Improv class, study a French course. But all this is highly impossible due to lack of funds. How in the hell does anyone in the creative industry here in Toronto get anything done? (That is a rhetorical question... I have absolutely no idea what the answer is).

But aside from that dooming opening, let me tell you what has happened the past month and what I get to look forward for in the near future.

First of all, in my personal life, I ended a relationship with a boy I loved. Which was the right thing to do. But that doesn't mean I haven't been having the hardest time dealing with it. I have great friends and family, I have heaps on my plate to be distracted by. But every now and then, I have really bad days where I feel hopeless and think that I made the wrong decision and that I overreacted. There is no nice ending for this paragraph. It's just here to say that breakups suck.

Also in personal life, Maddy, my housemate and best friend, and I went to celebrate her birthday in New York last weekend. We house-sat two cats (although I only ever saw one of them), we went to see Waitress on Broadway and I finally went up to the top of the Empire State Building. It was wonderful. Expensive, but wonderful.

On the acting side of things, I have been doing a fair few more self-tapes recently. More roles than commercials which is always nice. And I happened to book an audition for a paid short shooting this weekend. I'm playing a childcare provider - no shit. Maybe it's because I mentioned that it's my job back home. We are shooting in Scarborough this weekend with a really experienced crew. So that is something to look forward to. Zombie Bro is still working on post sound. But we really are on the home run this time. We are making a M&E track and 5.1 Surround sound with Grayson Matthews and after it's all done, I can screen it at festivals in a real cinema with a real cinema projector and the excitement is just all too much. We have submitted to another four festivals at the start of September. The idea is submit to four festivals a month for a year that are specifically looking for family content. My list is done and so now all I have to do is save that moolah.

And lastly, I've recently found out that I cannot apply for the two year Canadian work visa again. What's up with that? I assumed that if you were still under thirty, you could just keep re-applying and that I'd have another four years here. But according to the website, I can only do it once. Anyone have any advice or experience at getting another one? Definitely changes the life plan.

And that's it for this months update. I'm somewhat lost in life and just drifting through on the hopes that something will pay off soon. But who knows, maybe I'll be back in Australia in no time working on my social work degree and working in Childcare again... or not.

Much love, May

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