“Twice” is an official selection of the 2013 Montreal World Film Festival, also known as the le Festival des Films du Monde. The feature film will have it’s world premiere at the event. Cast and crew members will be in attendance to present the film and enjoy all of the excitement and opportunities that the festival has to offer.
The Montreal World Film Festival was founded in 1977. The event showcases 300-400 films over a two week period and is attended by approximately 385,000 people. It generates an estimated $21 million in tourism revenue. The goal of the festival is to:
encourage cultural diversity and understanding between nations, to foster the cinema of all continents by stimulating the development of quality cinema, to promote filmmakers and innovative works, to discover and encourage new talents, and to promote meetings between cinema professionals from around the world.
This year’s festival runs from August 22 – September 2, 2013. I’ll keep you updated on our MWFF journey as it unfolds!
I open my facebook at 11:32am. There is a message from a casting director I’ve worked with several times before. It was sent at 2am. She has a music video gig for me in 36 hours. They got it on short notice and need to fill out the cast. She has two roles that I would be good for, and she wants to hire me, now. No audition necessary. They know me, they like me, they trust me, and they’ll pay me x-amount of money. I take 3 seconds to consider. I’ll have to reschedule a dentist appointment, which will probably cost me $75, and find someone to cover my shift at work the next day, which will probably be impossible. I’m in. I message her back immediately to tell her I’m interested, thank her for thinking of me, and get more info on the shoot. I eagerly await her response, and at 1:41pm I finally hear back. They’ve already cast the roles overnight. They don’t need me anymore. She’ll be sure to think of me the next time something comes up. I thank her, sigh, and shrug it off.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how I won and lost a role while I was sleeping.
The 85th Annual Academy Awards were held on February 24th, 2013. This is a show I usually never miss, but this year I only caught the tail end of them; just in time to see Ben Affleck take home Best Picture for Argo. While I missed most of the celebrity action, I was indulging in a little limelight myself; I was out on the catwalk modeling two bridal party wear collections at the Exclusive Bridal Show. Yes, on Oscar night I was busy having my hair and makeup done, putting on beautiful gowns and having lots of photos taken as I strolled down the (black) carpet. I like to think of it as practicing for the real thing. ;)
Here’s my list of this year’s best dressed ladies on the red carpet (in random order). Be sure to vote for your favorites in the poll below. You can choose as many as you like.
1. Jessica Chastain
Best Actress nominee Jessica Chastain said she was going for an old-Hollywood glamour feel, and I think she hit the nail right on the head with her look, including this beautiful gown from Armani Prive.
2. Amy Adams
Speaking of glamorous, check out Amy Adams! Some people criticized the Best Supporting Actress nominee’s dress choice for being “too much,” but really, where else are you going to wear this dress, if not to the Oscars? Perhaps we should ask her designer, Oscar De La Renta, what he thinks.
3. Jennifer Garner
Jennifer Garner had this violet gown custom made for her by Gucci. I have lovingly named it “The Mullet Dress” for it is all business in the front, and all party in the back. Still, it works for her. :)
4. Amanda Seyfried
Swinging in next, we have Amanda Seyfried in the dress that caused all the controversy. This dress was too similar to the one that Best Supporting Actress winner Anne Hathaway had planned on wearing, and upon discovering Amanda’s choice, Anne opted to change dresses at the eleventh hour. Anne ended up on the worst dressed list in her second choice Prada gown. It’s a shame since I liked her original Valentino pick even better than I like Amanda’s Alexander McQueen.
5. Octavia Spencer
Octavia Spencer is one curvy lady who knows how to work her assets. Like last year, she’s wearing another Tadashi Shoji gown. These two have a good thing going on. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
6. Robin Roberts
Robin Roberts hit it out of the park with this gorgeous blue velvet Marc Bouwer creation. Robin’s inclusion in the list is a bit of an unusual choice, as she was there to cover the Oscars for ABC News, as opposed to participating in the event, but credit where credit is due. She looked fabulous. Check out those pipes! And this only days after returning to work following a long recovery from a bone marrow transplant.
7. Jennifer Lawrence
A much more obvious choice was Best Actress winner Jennifer Lawrence in this unbelievable Dior Haute Couture masterpiece. Seriously, who did not love this dress? I’m attempting to recreate this the next time I play toilet paper bride.
8. Naomi Watts
Best Actress nominee Naomi Watts dazzled the crowd in her glittery Armani Prive dress. She gets major sexy points for that sleek shape and crafty neckline.
9. Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston looked lovely in her Valentino Couture gown. The saturated red was a fresh pop of colour on a somewhat subdued red carpet this year, and gave her skin a nice glow.
10. Alicia Vikander
I’m enamored with the delicate look of this Elie Saab dress chosen by Alicia Vikander. The Anna Karenina actress was stunning and statuesque covered in modern vintage lace and sequins.
I usually keep this trim, but I’ve got a few this year.
This one is a shout out to the hometown crowd. Aparna Danna is the wife of Canadian film composer, and newly minted Oscar winner, Mychael Danna, who took home the trophy for Best Original Score for Life of Pi. Aparna arrived on the carpet in bright purple sari custom designed for the occasion by Toronto-based fashion designer Dinesh Ramsay.
3. Samantha Bark’s necklace
There were better dresses, but I thought this was perhaps the best statement jewelry piece of the night. It’s a House of Waris for Forevermark pendant necklace. It’s crafted from 18k yellow gold, and you’re looking at a 14.67 carat Oval Forevermark Diamond.
4. Holly Sarchfield (moi!)
Okay, so I wasn’t actually at the Oscars, but this is what I was wearing on Oscar night, and hey, it’s my list. It’s a beautiful navy B&A design from Ashter Fashions that I modeled on the runway. This gorgeous gown would have fit right in on the red carpet, and I’ve lovingly dubbed it my Oscar dress.
So, what did you think of my picks? Who couldn’t you get enough of at the Academy Awards? Vote for your favourites below (you can choose more than one), and let’s see who the big winners are in the court of public opinion.
Eri Watanabe, Ashley Sawh, Julia Cosby, Anita Chan, and Holly Sarchfield Gowns by Ashter Fashions Photo by Bobby Ramlagan
As the new year rolled over, I was itching to do some modelling. With my fingers crossed, I submitted to a casting call looking for runway models for an upcoming bridal show. A few days later, they replied. I was offered a spot walking in the Lady Tais fashion show, one of three runway showcases at the Exclusive Bridal Show. I happily accepted.
I was asked to come in for a fitting at the designer’s studio. The Lady Tais collection was a combination of original bridal gowns and evening wear. I tried on a few dresses and we selected our favorite, a beautiful evening gown with a looong train. It fit in all the right places, and we even made plans on doing a spring photo shoot with me in the dress. Everyone was excited.
A couple of weeks later we had a rehearsal at the venue. This is where I learned that I might have a problem. I quickly discovered that my walk was not up to the standard that the choreographer had in mind. I sailed down the catwalk and hit my mark. ”Have you ever done this before?” she asks as I turn at the end of the runway. ”Yes,” I reply sheepishly. ”Well I don’t have time to teach you now. Just do what you can do,” she says, as I head back up the runway trying to figure out what I’m doing wrong. I enjoy modelling, but it’s never come as naturally to me as acting has, and this was certainly no vote of confidence. Nerves start to take hold as I try and appear more relaxed. Not an easy fight.
As I continue taking turns practicing with the other models, we are stopped and asked if we’d be interested in working with another fashion collection, Ashter Fashions, as well. Their show is scheduled at the same event right after, and they need some additional girls. Of course, we say yes (how do you say no to an opportunity like that?). They have us try on a bunch of gorgeous bridesmaid dresses and evening gowns that they’ve brought from their boutique.
We do a practice walk in one of the dresses with our heels. My first pass was graceful. The second one goes less smoothly. The dress is a little longer than I am tall, and as I make my last turn at the back of the stage, my toe gets stuck in the bottom of the fabric. I stumble sideways and manage to catch myself just short of falling over. I pop back up and fall into the proper pose I should have hit. No one saw that, right? ”Are you alright?” the boutique owner asks. ”Yes, I’m good,” I reply with a knowing smile, horrified that my nightmare of falling on the runway almost actually happened. ”Don’t worry, I won’t do that in the show, ” I say comically, trying to inject some humor into the scene. She laughs. (YES!) ”No, I hope not,” she says with a forgiving smile. I change into some higher heels that make me longer than the dress, and I do another walk without incident. Phew!
Then I find out what the future has in store…
The next week I am put through two hours of runway boot camp with our choreographer. With her thick Russian accent and no-nonsense attitude, I feel like I’m training for the Olympics. She breaks all of the movements and poses down for us, and I’m feeling much more confident. As we stop for a break, I go to her and thank her for the coaching and tell her it’s really helping. She beams back at me and tells me that I’m picking it up very well. I’ve always been a quick study, and often joke that I missed my calling as a dancer. Those skills are certainly helping me here. By the end of the night she asks if I will open the show and be the first girl to walk. Amazing!
The bridal show itself was so much fun, and everyone did a wonderful job. The Lady Tais show had a dramatic flair, and the Ashter Fashions show was flirty and fun. A lot of work goes into an event like this. Designers and boutique shops, hair and makeup artists, runway choreographers, photographers, event planners, hosts, models, assistants and stage hands, just to name a few. Everyone I worked with was incredibly helpful and friendly, and I’m so grateful for the experience. Here are a couple of photos of me working my runway magic. Aren’t those dresses unbelievable?!
Dress by Lady Tais Hair by Kyana l Bridal Hair Artistry Makeup by Katerina Mazurtsova Photo by JDS DIGITAL
Dress by Ashter Fashions Hair by Kyana l Bridal Hair Artistry Makeup by Katerina Mazurtsova Photo by Bunny’s Photo
Life is one big crazy adventure. Go after what you want. If you fall down (or stumble), change what’s not working (your shoes) and practice, practice, practice (go to boot camp). Then shine on. We’re all made of stardust. :)
2013 has been very good for me. I wanted to update you all on what I’ve been working on. This February I had the incredible opportunity to play a starring role in a new sci-fi / post-Apocalypse web series called Darkest Times. It was a bit of a roller coaster ride, and definitely an experience I’ll never forget. It was a LOT of hard work and dedication by a number of talented and creative cast and crew members. It was not an easy shoot, but nothing good comes easily. :)
Written, directed and produced by Simon Winterson of Digital Canaries, Darkest Times chronicles the saga of a group of survivors five years after an Apocalyptic event. While they have little idea as to what is happening, or why, most of the Earth’s population has been wiped out, the outdoors is in a constant state of dusk, and entities known only as the “Lightbeams” have taken over the world and threaten the few that remain. Our group has taken up shelter in an abandoned, dilapidated building and struggles to survive with limited resources all while trying to figure out exactly what’s going on, and avoiding the ever present threat of the Lightbeams. Of course, being stuck for so long, living in tight quarters with people you wouldn’t necessarily choose to also takes a toll… With little light outside, and fading hope inside, these are definitely our Darkest Times.
We have a diverse cast of actors that include, from left to right, Agata Waclawska, Emma Sutherland, Danny F. Santos, Vanessa Tavares, Dennis Barham, Allan Michael Brunet, and Holly Sarchfield (myself). Not present in the photo are actors Patrice Henry, David Walpole, Madelyn Rogers, and Janine Short.
My character is Lane. She is one of the leaders of the group along with Steel. She’s tough as nails, practical, and isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty when she needs to. She doesn’t trust easily, but she’s very loyal and protective of those she cares for. Those skills have helped her stay alive to this point, even if they sometimes rub people the wrong way. With a survival instinct so strong, some in the group question how far she might go, and if she’d even be willing to sacrifice some of their own, to save herself.
Here’s the teaser trailer to give you an idea of what’s in store.
Darkest Times is slated for an April 2 release date. Stay tuned for some behind the scenes photos and buzz from our recent Comicon appearance!
Every year I compile a best dressed list from the Oscars. This year I thought I’d see what the stars of the screen, big and small, adorned themselves with at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards. This year’s carpet was a sea of red and white, with a touch of gold.
Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Couture
Winner – Best Actress, Musical or Comedy (Film) – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Clare Danes in Atelier Versace
Winner – Best Actress, Drama (Television) – Homeland
Jennifer Garner in Vivienne Westwood
Anne Hathaway in Chanel Couture
Winner – Best Supporting Actress – “Les Miserables”
Hayden Panettiere in Roberto Cavalli
Nominee – Best Supporting Actress, Series, Miniseries or Movie (Television) – Nashville
Amanda Seyfried in Givency
Kate Hudson in Alexander McQueen
Michelle Dockery in Alexandre Vauthier
Nominee – Best Actress, Drama (Television) – Downton Abbey
Emily Blunt in Michael Kors
Nominee – Best Actress, Musical or Comedy (Film) – Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Red, white, and gold: three of the trendiest colours on the red carpet. Which team is your favorite?
Aside from presents, and too many sweet treats to eat, I received two wonderful gifts while at home over the holidays. The first was an abundance of love and family, and the second was a kick in the butt from several of you asking where the blogs posts had gone and how the career was going. It was a happy reminder that you’re all out there reading, and that you care. It’s been a few months since I’ve written on here. After that refreshing encouragement, I’ll get back at ‘er more frequently. Look for upcoming posts on my 2012 year in review, a sound recording session from the feature film Twice, shooting a Sam Roberts music video, my 2013 Oscar fashion report and more!
I hope you all had wonderful holidays surrounded by the people you love. May your 2013 be all that you dream!