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And…Action!

Some time has passed and I can officially say that I am an Actor in Amsterdam. I have now been on set a couple of times, each experience unique in its own. I must say it’s very similar to sets on Canada. The main difference being the language barrier, which means I will definitely have to work on my Dutch skills ASAP. Luckily most people also speak English and are willing to help out! Props to the craft and catering department, as the food options have been amazing and the lunches very satisfying! The crews have also been professional and super friendly. Lastly, figuring out the train system to find my way to set has been an experience as well.

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Here is one of my first videos from a gig in Amsterdam. You may not see me… but I am in there a few times: https://www.facebook.com/dutchcasting/videos/1758395250844323/

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I will hopefully have more to show you from my other booked gig shortly. I can’t say much, but I can say in this one you will be seeing me a lot!

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Though very different compared to Toronto, Amsterdam still has a lot to offer in the acting industry. They have an abundance of events going on in the city for art, culture and entertainment. I hope to see more shows coming up and can’t wait for Amsterdam Fringe!

Annnnd for #TBT… Here’s a photo from when I was a red carpet host!

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Cheers,
Melissa

A Trip to Cologne, Germany!

I just recently spent a couple days in the beautiful Cologne, Germany!

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The weather was a picture perfect 31 degrees with not a cloud in the sky. There was so much to do, in such little time. From viewing churches, smelling the first ever eau de cologne, to climbing 533 steps in the Cologne Cathedral, tasting sweets at the chocolate museum (yum), the Wallraf-Richartz Museum, taking in the breathtaking view at Köln Triangle and looking at locks of love at Hohenzollern Bridge. I really recommend sampling the local beer Kölsch at a brauhaus, tasting the delicious pastries at the many bakeries and watching the sunset along the Rhine River, while cooling down with a refreshing beverage.

Any suggestions on where to travel next???

Since settling in for the past month I’ve gotten to see more and more of Amsterdam, and even went as far as Rotterdam. Though it was a very quick visit (and I’ll have to go back for sure), we had some time to sample some Trappist beer and enjoy some Spaghetti Parmigiano, that was prepared in a cheese wheel, what!?! It was so good, I’m still thinking about it. Thank you Mangiare Rotterdam.

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Stay tuned for further adventures! And keep your fingers crossed, as I have another audition this weekend!

Cheers,
Melissa

First Amsterdam Audition!

Good news, not even a month in and I’ve had my first audition in Amsterdam! Yay! It was such a lovely fun experience, this city is so friendly and welcoming.  Annnnnd I’ve already scheduled my next audition! Fingers crossed!

Apart from acting and work, I’ve had the chance to see more of this beautiful city! From flea markets (which I love, open rain or shine), to unique restaurants, music festivals, and to fascinating historic buildings.

This city has so much for offer any day, any time of day! And so much art everywhere you look!

Stay tuned for updates and hopefully some good news!

Cheers,
Melissa

Tulips & Theatre; My first week in Amsterdam

I’ve barely been here a week, and already there is so much happening in Amsterdam! This week was the celebration of King’s Day (Koningsdag), formerly known as Queen’s Day. It’s a street festival that happens in the downtown core, all day and night. The population doubles overnight as people dressed in orange come from all over to celebrate. Some photos from the festivities…

I also went to check out the famous Keukenhof! A 79 acre garden, with over 7 million bulbs in bloom. It is so gorgeous and a true work of art.

From garden art to theatre, I had the opportunity to go view Yasmina Reza’s “Art” from Orange Tea Theatre, in Amsterdam. It was thought provoking, real and hilarious all in one. A plot starting from one friends art purchase…

20170428_194302In case you weren’t aware, it was only a year ago this week that my Mom and I were part of the Mothers & Daughters feature in Chatelaine Magazine. Thanks Facebook for the memory! Check it out here:

http://www.chatelaine.com/living/daughters-talk-about-their-mothers/image/6/

Stay tuned for more updates and be sure to follow my social media accounts!

Cheers,
Melissa

A Canadian in Amsterdam!

It’s official, I am now in AMSTERDAM!

I have landed and am now in the process of getting settled in. During this crazy exciting adventure I plan on blogging more frequently so that you can share this experience with me. I will also continue my pursuit of acting while in Amsterdam, so that should provide some interesting situations for me to share with you! So far I have researched local theatre companies and agencies, have been making contacts, and will be attending my first English speaking theatre show this weekend! If you have any suggestions of places to go and check out, let me know!!!

 Until then stay tuned and enjoy the ride with me! (Speaking of ride, check out my fancy transit pass. You get to use your own photo so… of course it’s a headshot)

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Cheers, Melissa

Check it out!

Exciting news! You can now view my episode of ‘Paranormal Survivor: Kids Under Attack’ on Travel and Escape. Check it out here:

http://www.travelandescape.ca/video/

And during commercial break, look out for my latest Windsor Salt commercial on HGTV, W Network and The Food Network! Or watch it here:

So much fun on both sets!! Enjoy!!

M

So About the Oscars…

Any thoughts on the Oscars this past weekend???

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And some good news…(drum roll)… Paranormal Survivor Season 3 airs on Friday March 10th an 9pm!! Stay tuned to this new season as you’ll recognize me in an episode!! Check your local listings to watch it on the Travel and Escape network!

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Cheers!
Melissa