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Altana is a leading pharmaceutical company.  This photo was used on the company website & for their corporate brochure.  The picture was shot at headquarters in Oakville with the president of Altana, John Suk.  Click on the picture above to visit Altana's site.



How Do You Feel?
Vaseline Commercial


To view the whole commercial click on the picture above & click on the picture of the girl’s neck titled Vaseline.  My part of the commercial took about six hours to film & because it was such a close up I had to shave the peach fuzz off my forehead.  It was shot while I had to sit very still on a huge lazy Susan.

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This is a series of photos from La Femme Nikita season one episode six called Love.  Nikita played by Peta Wilson works undercover to release a deadly nerve gas in a supposedly empty European office building.  The terrorists have lied to her & I am one of the victims inside who dies in her arms.  Peta is an remarkable actress & it was more than just a pleasure to work with her. 


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I am very thankful as this shot gave me my first credit as an actor & I am proud to say that I am now a full ACTRA member.  My speaking part was one line as a crap's dealer in a casino.  At one point I was playing a reporter & the director wondered if I would help him play a practical joke on actor John Turturro.  The director asked me when John got out of the car to be really aggressive, to block his face with the microphone & interrupt his lines.  John got so upset that he actually shook the microphone out of my hand.  He soon realized it was just a joke and everyone had a good chuckle.

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About thirty of us were called to work not knowing what to expect.  We were told to bring a red & white outfit.  We were dressed & any part of are body that was not covered in clothing was painted.  We shot at an indoor golfing range & with special effects made up the Canadian flag.

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I played a POD person for most of the first season.  I was experiment gone wrong in a laboratory of an evil scientist.  I was basically a prop, whenever they filmed a scene on that set I was called out.  I had to lie in a coffin like structure which when lit felt much like a tanning bed, every once & a while they would ask me to twitch.  One time I got so comfortable I fell asleep.  I thought I would get fired but the director loved the shoot & we moved on.  To keep my contract I had to refrain from tanning & keep completely hair free from the waist up.

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I played a solider being briefed by actor Tom Skerritt.  I was armed with an empty but very real machine gun.  Shortly after they cut one scene the gun wrangler came running over & started fiddling with my gun.  Afterwards I asked what was wrong he told me that I had it on fully automatic when it should have been on safety.


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I was lucky enough to play a town citizen in this movie.  Continuity gigs are the best it means good money coming in on a regular basis.  It was a great chance to form relationships with both the cast & crew of this film.  The bad part was that this movie was filmed in the middle of winter.  The town of Niagara On The Lake was used to shoot the exteriors & most of the interiors where shot in Toronto.  Needless to say I spent a lot of time outside.  In the picture above they used potato flakes to make snow as real snow did not show up well on film.  When the weather was warmer & we had to run around the real snow would mix the potato flakes & are feet helped stir it into the biggest batch of mashed potatoes I have ever seen.

Our Deepest Fear

by Marianne Williamson from A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles .

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.