DERRA ST. DENIS
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Derra St. Denis - Workopolis Commercial
Sinbad the Sailor Man composition and lyrics by Derra St. Denis for FOX NHL Hockey USA (Illustrations by Derra St Denis)
Photo: Denise Grant
SO, YOU WANT TO BE AN ACTOR?
JUST DO IT.
Derra (middle) at an ACTRA Conference...
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Recently, I worked on a FSN (Fox Sports Network) hockey commercial, had a principal ACTRA role in it as the music teacher, and wrote the music and lyrics for the spot. It was so interesting to be part of this commercial and become a member of SAG (Screen Actors Guild) www.sag.org, SOCAN (Society of Music Creators & Publishers) www.socan.com, and the TMA www.torontomusicians.org and the AFM (American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada) www.afm.org.
In Our Fathers, I had an actor role. An American MOW, based upon a true story about
Cardinal Law of Boston, Mass., U.S.A. And I have just learned that the entire day we shot was edited out of the movie! C'est la vie, as they say, the director,
Dan Curtis, gave me the thumbs up, the day we shot, I got paid, and became a Full Member of ACTRA through this role. So it was not a total loss,
although it would have been nice to have seen my particular footage on the screen. Who knows why production decided it was not a good fit for the final edit?
There will be more, and I say this to inspire other actors who have had this same experience.
At twelve years old I acted in a theatrical production at my school whereby four hundred students auditioned and five of us were selected. I will never forget that first audition! It was an amazing experience and that gave me the acting bug for certain. Previous to that I had performed numerous singing and piano shows since I was five years old in private recitals and school productions. When I came to Toronto, I found a talent agent and my professional career began. It was very difficult at first, as I did not know anyone in Toronto (being from Montreal). Acting classes took up most of my time with reputable coaches I found through Theatre Ontario such as Patricia Hamilton, Eli Rill, Diana Reis, Carol Rosenfeld, Rosemary Dunsmore, and Al Waxman. Also, to continually hone my acting craft, I created one woman shows for events in the corporate arena and have performed hundreds to date. My resume reflects a body of experience in film, television, theatre, commercials and corporate events.
My life has been a true roller-coaster ride of numerous roles, working towards fulfilling that goal: Dreams come true. If you persevere they really do.
Inspired by the acting work of the infamous Mel Gibson, he is definitely a Hollywood icon. Visit www.MelGibson.com and see his photo below!And this spring past, played "Linda Lauzon" in Les Belles Soeurs, a Diana Reis & Celia McBride equity theatre play-reading.
Other acting film credits include: principle voice-over "Operation Golden Phoenix with the late Al Waxman; actor - Inde. Series Pilot "Diverted, Weapons in the School" directed by Brenda Darling (also, appeared in a CBC short film she directed with L.A. producer Jim Pasternak; actor - Deja Vu Deja Vu - Rados Films listed at www.imdb.com
www.torontopictures.com As Derra Eaton principle actor in film, Maybe www.torontopictures.com also, at www.imdb.com ; and principle actor in Let's Open The Champagne accepted in Spain & New York Film Festivals.
Other work included *Boxing/Ring Announcer (See Events...page d'Evenements) aired on TSN ,FAN 590 Radio & CFTO News live at the Air Canada Centre for The Night of the Hurricane with Rubin
"Hurricane" Carter and part of the presentation of the Honorary World Championship Belt; Singer/Actor on the Cooking Show Occasions; Singer on CFRB live
to air, Happy Birthday to Burton Cummings (I met him recently, and long ago, when my brother, Mike St. Denis was lead guitarist for Bob Segarini & they all played at the El Macambo at the Imperial Room/Royal York Hotel with James B on CFRB".
Some of the comedic Characters created for Corporate & TV: "Bad Girl" (take-off on Mel Lastman's Bad Boy Furniture), "Monica Lewinsky", "French
Maid Madeline" (who really speaks French), "Marilyn Monroe": "4" different Character appearances on Open Mike with Mike Bullard and the Sean Tweedley
Warm-Up Show; singing and performances in over 300 Corporate Shows as different characters including the launch of History Television, Grand openings
and events with Mel Lastman, Mayor Hazel McCallium, Ed Mirvish, Eddie Greenspan, and Lloyd Robertson. Also, previously produced a live caberet Acts
with Pizazzz which aired sporadically on several networks.
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How Many People are in your Company?
Where's your office?
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Anything you would have done differently?
What's next on the horizon for your biz?
What advice do you have for others?
There will always be much too learn along the way, and pitfalls. You will not regret the enormous feeling of accomplishment you'll feel as results start to occur.
Keep a positive attitude at all times, and the valleys will become hills, and eventually, you will climb to the top of the mountain!
There is one guarantee about quitting...it will "not" happen.
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One can never know too much as a self-starter. Even persons from other businesses can provide inspiration.
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School (where, still in school, degree)?
Prior jobs or business?
Do any of these pets help with your biz?
Is there any one person or event in your life that led
you to go into business for yourself?
However, it was always on my mind through other types of work. It helped too that I'd sang and played piano since I was five years old and I had all those performances and recitials to my credit.
Anyone you publicly want to thank?