2005 - 2015
When I graduated from high school in 2005, my heart was set on one thing: becoming a professional wrestler. Unfortunately, my injury-prone body (bad knees, bad back) was telling me that my grappling days were over before they even began. At nineteen years old, I experienced my very first career detour.
I took my passion for performance and enrolled in Neptune Theatre School's Pre-Professional Training Program where I began my actor training [for stage & screen].
I spent the next 9 years working my ass off to land every role I possibly could [click to view actor demo reel]:
Film (select): The Corridor, Hobo With a Shotgun, Roller Town, FOAM DRIVE RENEGADES, LURE, GAME
TV (select): Haven, Moby Dick, Sex & Violence
THEATRE (SELECT): LOGAN & I, DILIGENT RIVER DAUGHTER, Head A TETE.
Winner of Robert Rodriguez’s worldwide contest where I was awarded a role in his short film, “Two Scoops”.
Twice voted Halifax’s favourite actor by the readers of The Coast […].
Nominated for ACTRA Maritimes BEST ACTOR Award.
Nominated 2x for a Theatre Nova Scotia Award (Best Actor & Best Supporting Actor).
Ultimately, after spending 9 years hanging out on sets, my focus began to drift; I started to feel an ever increasing pull towards writing & directing, as opposed to performance. I had collaborated first-hand with some of the province’s finest filmmakers and I was feeling emboldened to start making films of my own.
For whatever reason, though, I initially sat on that impulse and held off on making any big career changes. It wasn’t until the spring of 2015 when the Nova Scotian Liberal Party [headed by Stephen McNeil] suddenly decided to cut the province’s film / tv tax credits, essentially blowing up the industry overnight, that I was forced into action.
Before departing for Toronto, I decided to kickoff my adventure into filmmaking with a final emphatic FU to Stephen McNeil on behalf of all the hard-working Nova Scotian film industry workers (see #NSFilmJobs to the right).
To this day, I’m still pissed off at the thought of Stephen McNeil but I guess I also have him to thank for the shove out the door.