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2019 UBCP/ACTRA Awards Nominees

We asked nominees “What does being a B.C. based performer mean to you?” Here is what they said:

BEST ACTOR

Ben Cotton 

“I’m not sure that geography makes a difference, but I enjoy being a performer no matter where I am.”

Louis Ferreira
Richard Harmon

“It means I get to continue working the job that I love while not having to give up the life that I’ve spent years crafting for myself in this beautiful town with the people I love.”

Nicholas Holmes

“Vancouver is where I was born and where I live, go to school, and play.  My family works very hard to raise me in this beautiful and safe place. I also believe there is a lot of talent in this province – I see it every time I’m on set or in the sound studio – and I am proud to be a part of that.  And because BC can be the setting and location for almost anywhere,  it’s really fun to perform in so many different types of projects.”

David Lewis

“Being a born and raised Vancouver actor is something I wear with an odd badge of honour. A small group of us exists. I have been in the film industry for over 25 years and have seen the landscape change dramatically. From helping the FBI find the “Truth Out There” to making sure the big city girl falls in love with the small town dude that owns the pumpkin patch. And everything in between. I am so fortunate to be able to do what I love for a living with people I  like in the province I grew up in. And for that I am incredibly grateful.”

 

Ryan Robbins

“Being a B.C. based performer means feeling at home. I grew up in BC and I’ll always return. It’s where I feel most comfortable. And our film and television community here is second to none. I’m proud of the work we do here and I’m proud to work alongside each and every person in this community.”

BEST ACTRESS

Sara Canning
“I feel infinitely fortunate to be part of this troop of BC performers. The stories and projects I’ve been invited aboard, the teammates and challenges and delirious laughing fits… I’m proud to call this industry home.”
Jennifer Spence

“Living and working in one of the most beautiful places on the planet with world class talent and crew.”

 

Camille Sullivan  

“I can’t imagine a more supportive, creative and loving community than the one here in BC.  Thanks all!”

Keegan Connor Tracy

“Being a BC performer means that I have access to tremendous opportunities both here and in the US but which allows me to remain in Canada and raise my children in this beautiful, safe community. Furthermore, I am part of a wonderful group of talented professionals who really help and nurture each other. I have had such an amazing amount of help and support from this community, whether it be with my book or most recently, with my directorial endeavours. Having such emphatic support from one’s community makes being on this roller coaster ride of a business that much easier and I am so grateful to my BC film family for their continued mentorship and enthusiastic support.”

 

BEST EMERGING PERFORMER

Grace Dove

“Coming from Secwépemc Territory in British Columbia, I am able to showcase my Indigenous stories through film and television; a chance to represent my people, and share BCs diversity with Hollywood and the world.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jack Gillett

“Growing up with my mother being from Vancouver, I was lucky to spend a lot of time here as a child. The beautiful scenery, welcoming city and flourishing industry made it a no brainer, I had to live here! After spending two years here, I haven’t looked back. The community of performers in this city is unlike any other, to be inspired, challenged and accepted at every occasion has allowed me to grow not just as a performer but as a person.  Being a part of this community, in BC, has allowed me to do what I love in a place that I love. I’m excited to see what opportunities and obstacles lay forth in the future and do everything I can to contribute to the tradition of performance in BC.”

 


  

 

Nicholas Holmes

“Vancouver is where I was born and where I live, go to school, and play.  My family works very hard to raise me in this beautiful and safe place. I also believe there is a lot of talent in this province – I see it every time I’m on set or in the sound studio – and I am proud to be a part of that.  And because BC can be the setting and location for almost anywhere,  it’s really fun to perform in so many different types of projects.”

Christine Lee

“It means I’m in a community that harbours diversity. B.C is a place where actors of all range can make their dreams a reality. I truly feel that I wouldn’t have gotten the opportunity that I had if I weren’t in Vancouver. This place allows me to build my career and my passion.”

Steven Roberts

“Like most, I am very proud to not only be a Canadian, but call BC home.  It’s an honour to work alongside amazing peers and mentors, knowing that we have all worked tirelessly to make Vancouver (and the rest of BC) a world class hub for productions from around the world. I am proud of our communal achievements, and look forward to raising the bar in terms of the lens on Canadian talent.”

BEST VOICE

Rebecca Husain

“It means: I work with friends.”

 

Erin Mathews

I feel lucky,  proud, and honoured to be a part of this vibrant community of talented and wonderful Canadian performers, working together in our beautiful province.

 

Giles Panton

“It means being close to home. I feel incredibly fortunate that this hub for the arts is in my backyard and I get to work in a job that I love and still be close to family. Add to that how amazingly supportive our acting community is and I feel like one of the luckiest people in the world.”

 

Vincent Tong

Vancouver is my hometown. And I’m damn proud of it!  I get to play with some of the most talent people in the world in one of the most beautiful playgrounds in the world!

 

Sunni Westbrook

Being a B.C. based performer means being part of a team.  Sometimes we compete for the same role, but we know the team wins when a BC performer books a job and delivers a performance that keeps productions coming back to our North Hollywood talent pool. I have a community of creators who have welcomed me into the fold and want me to succeed alongside them.  We encourage each other to stretch our boundaries and tell stories through any medium that moves us.

 

BEST STUNT

Supergirl – Menagerie

Simon Burnett, Nilo Ghajar and Jennifer Clarke



 

 

 

 

 

 

Nilo Ghajar: “To be part of an incredible community of supportive, talented, and motivated performers means everything to me.”

    
 

 

The Predator

Marny Eng and James Mowat

 

James Mowat:

“I have been blessed With the opportunity to work in one of the most beautiful cities in the world with some of the most talented stunt performers. I have learned and experienced more things than I ever dreamed of, and I am proud to call anyone in this industry my family.”

 

The Flash – Legacy

Jon Kralt and Adrian Hein


    

Adrian Hein

“I’ve experienced the BC film community to be filled with supportive talent and crew. They kindly help with their resources  and share a common passion to make movies.  Working in Vancouver gives you the ability to find others to train with that have common goals and move into the positions you’ve always dreamed about.  One of the most important parts of excelling in your craft is surrounding yourself with others that share that goal.”

 

Arrow -The Slabside Redemption

Eli Zagoudakis, Nathaniel Shuker and Marshall Bingham

    

 

 

 

 

 

Marshall Bingham

“Being a B.C based performer truly means the world to me. I was a troubled youth growing up with no set direction and performing was the outlet I needed. I was given an opportunity and taken under the wing of the community- the sense of community here is unparalleled to anything I’ve ever experienced. I’ve always branded myself a bit of an outcast but feel like I’ve been welcomed into a family. I love our community dearly and will forever be grateful for all it’s done for me. Being a B.C based performer has saved my life.”

 

 

Nathaniel Shuker

“I feel very fortunate to have found this community that feels more like a family. They’re the ones that makes it safe and possible to fulfill all my ridiculous childhood dreams of fighting with swords, jumping off buildings and getting set on fire.”

 

 

Arrow -Inmate

Eli Zagoudakis and Adrian Hein

 

    

 
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