August 30, 2016

The Importance of Stepping Into the Arena

A special thank you to EVERYONE who voted for Codependent Ghost Girl in the latest Storyhive competition. I am so proud of this project, the talent that collected and the result of our efforts. I'm sorry we don't have more episodes coming to you right away, but it's just the beginning for this series, so stay tuned! I also need to give a very special shout-out to our people behind the scenes who helped us make a terribly kick-ass social media campaign and gorgeous Instagram account. Thank you to Jennifer Dacanay, our photographer. Derek Heisler, our Marketing Director website/poster/GIF designer and greatest ally in pushing the quality of Alberta content. Our Behind-the-Scenes crew: producer Nicole Murphy, cinematographer Frederic Kroetsch and editor Kody Davidson. A stellar group of people who volunteered their time to help form an amazing product. It means so much to me. 

And so the inspiration for this week's blog: the importance of stepping into the Arena and finding meaning in the process, regardless of the outcome. When I speak of the Arena of course I'm talking about that Brene Brown, lean in, vulnerable as fuck, business.

First, I would like to disclose that I am not a particularly brave person. My friends refer to me as "Piglet," because I fret and worry. I rehearse catastrophe and suffer through the resulting anxiety of anticipating things that will never occur. That's the base I work from. Ground zero. When people tell me they admire my confidence, I laugh, "Get to know me." What I have accomplished in spite of the war in my mind is my greatest feat.

However, when I started thinking of my creativity as a service, of how I earn my place on this planet, I learned to also treat my fear like a petulant child. It doesn't matter how you feel about this, it's going to happen. Your tantrum doesn't scare me. This takes practice.

The most valuable lesson that has come to me is self-esteem is earned. It comes from experience, not affirmations. It's not born of privilege. It's not being gifted with the right "stuff" or having a god-given advantage. It comes from suiting up and showing up.

What you will experience, guaranteed, is pain. Blood is what the Arena was made for. You will be humbled by your flaws. You will be fortified. Your relationships will be tested and some people will be left behind. You will attract helper spirits who will propel you further than you could ever go yourself. The others in the Arena with you, will become your brothers in the trenches and deep bonds will be formed. But it will be painful. As a good friend reminded me last week, Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.

The blood spilled is worth the wisdom gained and the self-esteem that occurs as result of this action is what builds self-trust, self-love, and self-worth. You will become more courageous because those little fears, like reins upon our soul, won't mean so much. Bless Brene for this:

Yes, your world may fall apart as the familiar will burn away and turn to ash. But when the smoke clears, you'll realize the fence was taken away too and there's a vast land of possibility just waiting for you to step into.

We are all living The Hero's Journey, the universal structure of all stories. The major arcana in tarot. The destiny and trial of every life. This is the beginning. Step forward. 

August 5, 2016

3 Days Till Codependent Ghost Girl!

Codependent Ghost Girl is coming at you like a tornado of thrasher-metal hair. Woah dude. To celebrate, our amazing Marketing Director Derek Heisler treated us all to some original GIFs to spread all over the net.

I know right? It's exciting...  You're getting a major sneak peak of the show that is coming to you on August 8 with Telus Optik's STORYHIVE. Check out our official website below for behind the scenes photos, interviews with cast & crew, and these sweet sweet GIFs...


August 3, 2016


On set with STRIKER. Photos by Jennifer Dacanay

The wait is nearly over! The pilot episode of Codependent Ghost Girl will be released on Monday, August 8th! We’ve been on information lock-down, so I'm thrilled to start sharing info on the show.

For you Edmonton music fans, we have special cameos from Metal thrashers and Edmonton Music Prize Winners STRIKER! It was an absolute blast to work with these talented guys... and that hair! If that wasn't enough, Daniel Carriere - lead singer of ROYAL TUSK  - has a special guest appearance and his hit single Shadow of Love is our official theme song for the series. COOL right?

I couldn't be more proud of this project and all the incredible people who came together to pour their blood sweat and tears into my creative stew. (Gross). I know as the producer I'm supposed to say that. But seriously, this has been the best experience and I can't wait to share Codependent Ghost Girl with you all!

We're going to be releasing behind-the-scenes photos & videos from the show over the next few days. Our Marketing Director Derek Heisler and Social Media Strategist Nicole Murphy have some amazing content coming our way, showcasing all the amazing people on and off screen. So follow us here:


Your votes, shares and likes can help us win $50K from Telus Optik to complete the entire series! Voting starts August 8 on the STORYHIVE website - follow us for links and reminders - and you can cast your vote everyday until August 12. Voting is open to all you international #FanGhouls so we encourage everyone to participate!

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