Q & A with Actor Dwayne Peterkin

Dwayne Peterkin is an actor, known for Space on the Corner, Sleazy Pete and Prayer for a fighter. I had the opportunity to reach out to him to learn more about his journey in his pursuit for acting.

  1. As a child, did you want to be an actor or did it fall into place through other activities?

Yes but it didn’t fully fall into place until I was 18 as beforehand my parents put me in different kinds of activities to go into soccer, Piano, Singing etc. My first experience in acting was when I was in sixth grade during an acting camp where I began falling in love with acting. When I was  18 years old June of 2013  I was sitting on a couch thinking about what should I do as I just went through a break up in a relationship and my younger brother filmed me just laying on the couch and for some reason it made me want to do a video. One video then became two and soon enough I realized that this was something I really wanted to do.

2. Who inspired you to follow your dream to pursue acting?

 Honestly, what inspired me to do it was that it was an escape from reality to play other characters; to feel truly alive as before I didn’t know what I wanted to do in life.  It was just a maze I was walking through just living to exist until that very day acting came into my life it gave me a reason to live,  to be something that no one has control over but yourself, to share experiences that you had or that people go through and share it with the world.
3. What challenges have you faced in the entertainment industry?  What has been your most rewarding experience?
It would have to be going to Los Angeles for the first time as an actor and seeing how it was like as beforehand. It was a place I always wanted to go to as a child and when I went,  a lot of what I seeked was out there and it made me realize that dreams can happen if you work hard, stay consistent and keeping your soul.  The troubles I had in the entertainment industry were that people in the industry want you to be a certain way, to dress how they want you to dress and talk the way they want you to talk. I did not want to feel controlled by anyone as in Montreal a lot of times they would tell you, you would to be a certain way or you’ll never make it out here as they form their own clichés  I never thought it should be like it. Actors should be together like a family not everyone against each other especially with race as I have been told I can’t play some roles because of the color of my skin everyone should be able to work together no matter who you are.
4. What is your favourite type of character to play?
My favorite type of character to play so far is the underdog as everything he has going for him had been taking away and the only way to get everything back is by trying to get it all back by any means necessary. In the future I would like to play a mob boss or a detective as it would give me more range then just being a victim or underdog trying to survive. 
5. What market do you currently work in?  Are there other areas you would like to work?
 I currently work in the independent market for acting the area I would want to explore is feature film and television.
6. What advice would you give to someone new trying to make it in the acting industry?
I would tell them to never try to be someone who you’re not just to fit in be yourself and to also never think about what you’re doing when your playing a character. Let it go and let whatever happens during the take happen as it could be the one they’re looking for. 
Dwayne in his spare time attends school at McGill University, enjoys working out, playing the piano, making music, swimming, biking, writing, playing video games, hanging out with friends and loves to sing.
For more information about Dwayne, you can check him out at his following channels:

Watch out for Mikeila Grace~ Up & Coming Sensation

Mikeila Grace is an up and coming Canadian music artist who is in the studio currently writing her first album with Adam Alexander.  To date Adam has sold well over 7.5 million records in Canada alone. He has compiled 14 Socan and/or Billboard #1 singles, including the first and second season Canadian Idol winners singles “Something More” and “Awake in a Dream” which went on to be 6 and 8 times platinum respectively, both setting Canadian single sales records.

In 2017, AMG Corp signed Canadian pop-star, Mikeila Grace.  Mikeila was discovered from a close monitoring of social media by AMG’s Management, Alana Yip-Hoi & Gail Racanelli. The deal encompasses an exclusive multi-year, multi-faceted arrangement featuring recordings, live concert performances inclusive of merchandising content with the 18-year-old vocal powerhouse and songwriter.

Mikeila recently sang a clip of Usher’s song on Instagram in which post Usher notices and tells her to “keep it going”.  With the notice of Usher and AMG Corp, Mikeila will be a powerhouse very soon. At her age, she is already a force to reckoned with.

She is the first Faze Magazine Ambassador and on the Nike Marathon Run Team.   She recently released her new Christmas song called “Merry Christmas (I’m Yours)”.    It can be seen at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiBI_k4OPRI

Mikeila grew up in a family of five, with two younger siblings. Her father Michael Marianetti has been battling Multiple Sclerosis since she was a toddler, and her mother Leilanie supports the family both physically and financially. Growing up in a single income family has always been a struggle, but even through the sacrifices, and there have been many, Mikeila has always been grateful for what she has been given. For Mikeila, family has always been more than just blood ties.

Her family is her best friend and her team. Her father having MS has never been a disability or a setback in her eyes, but just another difference that makes him unique, a difference that has helped bring the family closer in a positive sense. When interviewed about it Mikeila stated that “I never saw my dad as anything other than who he is. He’s my dad. He was never someone who couldn’t walk, or needed assistance, he was never that to me. Overall, I think I just see people as who they are and I think that that’s how it should be. I try to see people for what they stand for and not for the colour of their skin, their disability, their condition, or whatever it may be because they are people, and we all have differences, and that’s just one of them”.

Her kindness and positive outlook also struck a chord with Founder of Faze Magazine Lorraine Zander whose mission is to empower young women globally. During her interview with Faze, Mikeila was asked what she would do if she had a million dollars. A fun question that’s often used as an icebreaker according to Lorraine. Her answer brought tears to the room.

Mikeila stated “my dream would be to improve my house for my family and make it more wheelchair accessible for my father”. When asked what she would do with the leftover money she answered, “I want to give back to the community and those less fortunate by helping and supporting in missionary work in the Philippines”; her family homeland (something that is very dear and close to her heart). When pressed again for a third time she shyly stated, “I want to help other aspiring artists pursue their dreams because the opportunities I have experienced has meant the world to me”. Not once did she mention anything about pampering herself.

To follow Mikeila, check out her at the following links:

https://www.facebook.com/mikeilagracemusic/

https://twitter.com/MikeilaGrace

https://www.instagram.com/mikeilagrace/

 

 

Young Entertainers Determined To Succeed, keep an eye out!

After filming in the summer of 2016, Scouts vs Aliens feature film is now finished and released to DVD. Among the many actors, Ashleigh Morrison and her friend Max Steinberg were part of the main cast. They became friends while working together and have been keeping in touch in hopes to work together again some day.

Ashleigh and Max are both working toward their acting career goals.

Ashleigh Morrison is a 13-year-old actress who is known for Salvage, Detainee X, Goldfish (premiered at the Atlantic Film Festival 2016) and her TV series on Rogers Television with Ashleigh’s Kidz Korner and Kidz Korner. Ashleigh developed and was a Community Producer/Host on her mini-series “Kidz Korner” on Rogers TV York Region which aired in May 2017. Her second series called “Ashleigh’s Kidz Korner” aired in September 2017.

Max Steinberg has his own TV series on Rogers TV London called “Max TV”. Max has been in such films as the Black Donnelly’s, Hollywood Homicide, and Broke and Famous, among many others.

Thirteen-year-old Max Steinberg discovered from a young age his special talent for putting smiles on faces.  From his home in London Ontario, Canada, this all around funny and energetic young artist has pursued his passion for acting, with credits to his name in both stage and film.

Ashleigh and Max share their hard work ethic and always do the best they can.

To learn more about Ashleigh Morrison, check out her website
at:https://ashleighjanemorrison.wordpress.com
Ashleigh is represented by Jessica Martins at Hero Artists Agency and can be contacted at
(416) 900-5561.
To learn about Max Steinberg, check out his website at: https://maxsteinbergofficial.wordpress.com
Max is represented by Annie Oakes at Glickman Alexander Talent and can be contacted at
(416) 960-0565.
For enquiries from this post, plead contact darlene.morrison@rogers.com

Easy Carrot Soup Recipe

Recently there was a sale on carrots so I bought a few bags. The kids and I made some homemade carrot bread and yummy carrot muffins.

With my last bag of carrots, I was craving something warm and easy for the fall season so I decided to make some carrot soup.

I found the following recipe on the website Home.Made.Interest and wanted to share with you:

Easy Carrot Soup
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Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Serves: 12
Ingredients:
    • 2 lbs Carrots, sliced
    • 1 Yellow onion, sliced
    • 4-5 c Chicken Broth
    • 1-2 Tbsp Lemon juice
    • Salt & pepper to taste
 Instructions:
  1. Place carrots and onions in a pot and fill it with broth until it is covered.
  2. Bring the liquid to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cover with a lid.
  3. Let the vegetables simmer for about 30 minutes or until they are extremely soft.
  4. Using a stick blender, or a regular blender, puree vegetables and broth until they are smooth.
  5. Add more broth if needed to get it to a consistency you like.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Add lemon juice to taste.
  8. Enjoy!

The recipe can be seen at https://www.homemadeinterest.com/easy-carrot-soup/

Soup cooking:

Voila!  Easy carrot soup and it was yummy!

Kudos to Home.Made.Interest for the yummy recipe.  I will definitely make again!

Looking for a great carrot soup, look no further! Yum!

Blessings

As I have been preparing for Thanksgiving, even just the meal that I am cooking for a small amount of people, my mind has ben going to my dad a lot the last few days.  This is the 2nd Thanksgiving without him and frankly, it sucks.

We were always a very close-knit family and I have always been that way also. But the last few days of thinking has made me realize the huge role that my dad had played in the family.  His presence was huge as was his personality. The party began when he arrived.  He would have been texting me yesterday telling me that he could smell the turkey cooking.

All meals were great but anything with a turkey were his favourite.  Thanksgiving was one of the favourites as we would go around the table and tell that we are appreciative for, some were silly and some were funny but we always had a great time.   Family is a blessing so please cherish it!

When you sit down today, keep an open space for your loved ones as they will be with you. I will have a chair and a plate set up for my dad and know that he wouldn’t miss being with us.

Dad, don’t worry~ I will be saving you the dark meat that you love so much!  

Happy Thanksgiving to you all and to your friends and family!

Terry Fox Run in Aurora Raises $17.532.00 for Cancer Research

Happy to report that the Aurora Terry Fox Run raised $17,532.00 for the Terry Fox Foundation and cancer research! Thanks to everyone involved, we are so grateful to have you on our TEAM!! Congrats to all of the Terry Fox Runs throughout Canada and so very blessed to be able to help co-ordinate one of these amazing runs! Kudos to all! #thanks#makingadifference #community #Aurora #thereisnoiinteam#workingtogether #peopleareamazing

 

Kindess goes a long way

My girls have been creating kindness rocks and these are Samantha’s! They have been painted and on the back, she has written kind words on them!  Inspired by the grade 8’s at Samantha’s school, she wanted to take it a step further and have them out in the neighbourhood.  

She is hiding them in the neighbourhood for people to find in hopes it makes them happy!  I have been that some have been found so that is awesome!

#kindess #everythinglittethingcounts

Next batch of Samantha’s kindness rocks ready to go!

Day 1 of what I am calling “Take Back My Life” Journey

Today is like any other day except for one thing; the plan to succeed.  I lost my father this year and the emotional state in itself was enough for me to go back to my old eating habits and drinking wine. And not just a little wine, I was drinking at least two glasses an evening if not sometimes more.  I have always loved wine so this wasn’t a hard thing to do.

Today, I take my life back. No more excuses or shrugging it off or being lazy. I am still coping with my father’s death as it has been seven months since that terrible, unbearable and sudden day happened.  But today is a new day! A New start! A New Healthy Life!  I let things slide and I am back on track. Now as of today!

I will begin a nutritional cleanse program today along with healthy eating. NO sugar, no booze and no bad food for 30 days.  Of course, I intend to continue eating healthy moving forward but baby steps are a great way to start.

I am starting at the highest weight I have ever been at in my life so that tells you something.

Today is September 26, 2026.  My BIG GOAL is to lose 45 LBS before the end of March 2017.  That averages to just under 2 LBS a week. I am hoping that by writing this out for all of you to see, I will be accountable to you as well as to myself.

Wish me luck!

Setting Nutritional Goals, I Am Committed!!

I am on day 3 of a 30 day nutritional program.  I am feeling very good about the month ahead and am determined to conquer my health goals.   I also quit coffee cold turkey as of the first day so other than a bit if a headache here and there from that, I feel just fine.

Breakfast and lunch are a healthy meal replacement shake that is chalked full of vitamins, minerals and under-natured whey.  Dinner is a healthy dinner of 400-700 calorie dinner consisting of protein, vegetable and a carbohydrate.  I am always full and depending on the season, enjoy many different vegetables.

I had done this nutritional program before and although it is a lifestyle, life happened and I got off track. I had amazing results with a noticeable difference in my sleep patterns, mental clarity, lost weight and inches overall and my energy was soaring through the roof.

Today is my first cleanse day of the 30 day program, there are 4 total in the entire 30 days.  Cleansing is great in the fact that it cleanses your cells within your body and helps rid the toxins from your body.

I will be a force to be reckoned with. I WILL achieve my goals.

I strayed off the path and now back and committed as ever.  I will succeed! You can too!   Life is made of choices and if you make a wrong one and have a bad day, remember that tomorrow is a new day and a new chance!

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Thank you

Thank you to my friends, family and readers from my website who extended their wishes and condolences after my father’s sudden passing.  I am getting back on track so look forward to more writing coming shortly! 🙂

 

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