Marvin Kaye’s insights into how NSI Totally Television changed his life

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Are you thinking about applying for NSI Totally Television? We recently talked to some of our program alumni to get their thoughts on how the program changed their careers and why they think you should apply.

First up is co-creator of NSI Totally Television-developed Less Than Kind, the fabulously talented – and hilarious – Marvin Kaye (pictured below wearing a wig from his performance in the Academy Award-winning feature The Shape of Water).

Marvin Kaye

Keep reading for insights from Marvin on why the course is a major commitment, and why it’s totally worth being put through the wringer for it.

What were your expectations for NSI Totally Television going into it? Did these change over the course of the program?

It was recommended to me and my writing partner Chris [Sheasgreen, co-creator of Less Than Kind] as a great way to polish the adaptation of my play They Have Mayonnaise in Montreal to a full-fledged series.

I was expecting a more academic approach to writing but to my happy surprise it was all very practical and hands-on. I also wasn’t really aware of how much practical relationship-building the course would offer. Again, a very welcome and happy surprise.

Do you have any tips or advice for folks thinking of applying to the course?

If you can do it, do it. It can – and will – change your life.

Expect to go through the wringer and question all of the choices you made for your project. That was all part of the process to make it better. It’s a hard thing to do, but boy, was it worth it.

Why would you recommend NSI Totally Television?

See above … and buy me a drink when you get green-lit or, better yet, HIRE ME TO WORK ON YOUR SHOW.

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Find out more about applying for this program. Deadline for applications is August 13.

NSI Totally Television is made possible by Presenting Sponsor Bell Media; Program Partner Telefilm Canada; Supporting Sponsors Super ChannelCorus Entertainment and Breakthrough Entertainment; and Territorial Sponsor Yukon Media Development. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.

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