It's hard to believe the first month of another year is over, when I am one of those neurotic people who never quite feel like they're accomplishing enough. But when I look back at the beginning of last year, compared to 2016 as a whole, I have to remember that the way a year begins doesn't have to dictate its overall tone.
I started 2016 off feeling rather stagnant, but from shooting more digital series like Haunted or Hoax, Seraphim, Haunters, and (of course) the third season of Carmilla - to working on productions like the film Darken, or the show Murdoch Mysteries - last year actually gifted me with more opportunities to play new characters than ever before. It was such a joy getting to explore different types of roles than the ones I am typically cast in, and I am so looking forward to seeing the finished projects!
I was also fortunate enough to travel often between two of my favourite cities (New York & Los Angeles) to collaborate with talented YouTubers for my job as the host of KindaTV, which I began at the end of last February when the channel rebranded. As a three-hundred-year-old in a twenty-something-year-old body (who admittedly used to think YouTube was just for cat videos) I would have never imagined myself in such a position. But sometimes, when opportunity comes-a-knocking, you just have to seize it.
What's that saying again?
"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity."
I definitely appreciate how lucky I am.
Of course, the best part of my year was all the people from around the globe that I got to meet along the way. Attending fan events (like NEW-YORK-FREAKING-COMIC-CON) was a total dream. (Although, I not-so-secretly got a little too sentimental and had to invest in a good water-proof mascara!) I've always said that it's one thing to see the numbers of my followers increase on a screen, and to interact with viewers in cyber space, but it's a totally different and surreal feeling to experience energy of a room full of people who support my work - a feeling I am eternally grateful for.
Which is just one of the many reasons why I am so honoured to be nominated for the Fan's Choice Award at the Canadian Screen Awards again this year, and excited to be travelling to Las Vegas soon for ClexaCon - an entertainment and media convention for LGBTQ women and allies. Diverse and positive on-screen representation is a topic I'm passionate about, and have written about before, so I am very much looking forward to speaking to my community while I'm out there. Especially in this political climate.
As for projects on the horizon? Beyond the Carmilla movie, I do have some other acting work lined up for 2017 that I unfortunately can't talk about just yet, but I can say I am looking forward to returning to set life in the near future.
But for now, as I write from a café on my last day of vacation in New York, it's time to recharge my batteries and watch as new adventures fade in to picture.