Go West, Young Women

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Last month, my good friend Melissa and I went on a cross-country adventure. She was moving to BC, I wanted to accompany her, and we both really like the movie Thelma and Louise. So we set off, leaving from Ottawa and arriving in Vancouver 2 weeks later. We were equipped with a tent, 3 iPods full of music and podcasts, a huge thermos for coffee and high spirits. I brought my trusty camera along on the trip, not really knowing what I intended to do with the footage. Once I came back and went through the weeks of footage I had, I discovered a story. A story of a friendship growing and changing with the landscape. It’s hard to explain what makes a great friendship, and I’m lucky enough to have more than one. Through the crazy amazing adventure we had, I have come to realize how much this person means to me. So this short film is dedicated to you, Melissa, my road warrior partner in crime.

 

And here are some photos I managed to snap while I wasn’t filming!

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Diving In

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So. Big changes for this 24-year-old. I just finished my last week as a producer at MediaStyle. Ian hired me right after finishing my undergrad, and I’ve been working with him and our evolving team for almost 3 years. It was the first time I had a desk and computer, business cards and a phone extension. But it was also the first place I got to put my skills in practice. From the first video I produced to the last, I can’t believe how much I learnt. Having the space and support to try new things, I definitely feel like I’m leaving with a suitcase filled with knowledge.

A few months ago, I decided to take the plunge and commit to my creative projects. With the support of my family, friends and co-workers, I am ready to start a new chapter in my life. But it wouldn’t be right to start before taking in an adventure! My lovely friend Melissa and I are departing next week for a cross-Canada roadtrip. I will be joining her on her trip out west, where she will be staying for the next little while. I then fly back to Ottawa, refreshed and inspired, ready to create. Filmmaking has been my passion for years now, and I can’t wait to dive back in. I have a few ideas kicking around in my head, fiction and not. I’m also looking forward to collaborating with some friends on projects I really believe in.

It wasn’t an easy decision to make, and I admit I’m scared at times. But in the end, I know having the time to focus on these projects will make me happy. And I can’t thank you all enough. The support and confidence you’ve given me through the last few months has been overwhelmingly wonderful.

So stay tuned, I’ll be documenting the trip, getting ready for the real deal.

Getting Away

Sorry I’ve been away again, with more excuses this time. But at least I have something to show for it! A friend studying abroad suggested we meet in Barcelona, so I booked a flight and made the best of my time in Europe. Getting there was a bit crazy, and after 2 days of traveling, all I wanted was to be horizontal. So 7 nights in Barcelona, 2 in London visiting some friends and one night in Paris trying to recover (however that night was probably the craziest, for not so fun reasons…) and I had a wonderful time. Too bad I’ve been so sick this week to properly reminisce. Well, I finally went through my pictures, so here is a small collection of them. Enjoy.

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