“You don’t look like you’re from here, where are you from?” is a common greeting I often receive around the globe. As a multiracial woman, I am Afro-Indigenous (Cheyenne), Métis (Cree) and of settler (French and German) descent. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, I have lived in Winnipeg, Manitoba and Paris, France. I currently reside in Montreal.
A crossroads of creative paths have peppered my life. As a youngster, I discovered artistic outlets through photography, music, and theatre which led to an interest in storytelling and fanned the flame for filmmaking. From 2009 to 2013, I studied film at the University of Winnipeg while moonlighting as an avid concert photographer for online/print magazines.
I’m an alumna of the 2012 CBC New Indigenous Voices program where I wrote/directed a short film and assisted on productions for APTN (including Indigenous Day Live), while interning as a PA under the guidance of Jessica Gibson when she worked at Media RendezVous [Ed: Jessica is now a manager of programs and development at the National Screen Institute].
Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Amelie inspired me to learn filmmaking and, a decade after first viewing it, I realized my dream of moving to Paris. For nearly two years, I was enamoured by the city’s architecture, museums, culture and joie de vivre. That chapter was a whirlwind of serendipity; from singing Delta blues songs at Café des Deux Moulins, to chasing sunsets along la Seine with camera in hand, and strolling through Monet’s gardens.
For several years I performed as soul blues singer Miss Rae and wrote and produced two full-length albums (live off the floor on analogue), and managed various renditions of “the Midnight Ramblers” – as the band reshaped with each move to a new city. What fans don’t see are the long hours behind-the-scenes that artists put into developing, negotiating and promoting their projects. Even before stepping out onto the stage as Miss Rae, I spent years practicing my craft while taking multiple business courses on the side. Producing an album contains similar elements to filmmaking; each song evolves just as the making of a scene unfolds in a film.
The pandemic has re-directed me to transition back into working in the screen industry. I am pleased to assist the team at NSI for the Art of Business Management – Indigenous Edition. I value how storytelling can provide space to encourage a collective healing, explore spiritual teachings and promote the expansion of a viewer’s perspective through shifting the cultural lens.
I am filled with profound gratitude for the opportunity to use my skills to help Indigenous entrepreneurs excel and move forward in their careers. I believe that, as a community, we all thrive when lifting up fellow creatives.
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Apply now for NSI Art of Business Management – Indigenous Edition
Learn business management, negotiation and leadership skills and receive customized mentorship to develop your project
Through this four-month, part-time online training and mentorship program you will develop essential business management skills while creating a project plan for a feature film or web series you are currently developing.
Read more and get application details. Apply by Friday, February 12, 2021 at noon Central Time.