New York can be stressful. As much as I love it, moving there two and a half years ago was jarring to my Canadian nervous system. I decided to do something about it. I decided to take a four-day meditation course and have been meditating twice a day since.
Ashley Peoples is a graduate of the Queen’s University Drama Program and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. Although she returns home for Blue Jays games and canoe trips, Peoples is now a New York-based, emerging star with a number of short films already under her belt. Last year, she starred in Unfold by French director Ingrid Chikhaoui, in which she plays a New York woman deeply involved with a man who is caught between love, exile and the Arabic revolution. Unfold has been shown at film festivals in France, Morocco and Greece. Her first feature film, Locomotive, is scheduled to be released this summer.
It's a lucky, guilty, overwhelming feeling to be sitting in a Red Hook, Brooklyn cafe, on my laptop, well fed, well caffeinated, well clothed, and with no personal hurricane horror stories. Emotions and opinions are running high. But these same people remain helpful and hopeful and charitable. Neighbours with power offer others a place to shower, a place to cook. Everyone offers advice on how to get help, how to help.
11/05/2012 05:44 EST
"Canadians are so nice!" Yes, yes we are. Keep thinking that world -- but that's not all we are. We are talented, and disciplined and personable, and easy-going and really, just good at life. I love Canada and it's super nice people because while non-Canadians are thinking, "Isn't that cute how she says aboot and pardon me," we are busy getting exactly what we want.
06/30/2012 09:53 EDT
The post-Cannes depression has finally worn off and I am ready to report with enthusiasm about this Canadian actor's New York adventures. I know, I can hear you saying "Boo Hoo," but how would you like you to go from drinking free champagne and watching world-class movies back to sweeping muffin crumbs and spraying yourself with hot milk, when you hate milk? In Brooklyn, I work at a cafe.
06/21/2012 07:30 EDT
Waiting at airport, I miss my trailer. This morning, I discovered a goat lives on the campground premise -- just when I thought it couldn't get better. Instead of befriending "la chevre," I swept the floors, scrubbed the dishes and said "Goodbye." Now, an eight-hour plane ride seems best spent reflecting on the last two surreal weeks.
05/31/2012 04:19 EDT
My trailer was a celebrated destination during the storms by campground friends staying in tents. Unlike rainy and cold-to-the-bone camping days in Canada, I could take, and not just dream about, a hot shower. Slummin' it in Cannes means I put plastic bags around my heels to walk through muddied trails, but if it means I walk from that mud to the red carpet, that's all right with me.
05/25/2012 08:35 EDT
It was Friday night in Cannes and my friends and I were determined to get into a yacht party. We strolled the pier of millions-of-dollar yachts after millions-of-dollar yachts and found four with exclusive looking parties. The first one, flashing blue and purple lights and blasting club beats, was swarmed with paparazzi taking photos of Amanda Seyfried leaving.
05/21/2012 01:08 EDT
The final crew to walk the carpet was the cast of Moonrise Kingdom. Bill Murray danced and Ed Norton spent a lot of time looking for someone. They seemed to have a lot more fun, and were less concerned with their poses than earlier, relatively unknown, carpet walkers. Oh the freedom of success. My turn to strut my stuff on "le tapis rouge" came sooner than expected. I now know that the first screening of many films at Cannes are for the press, at 8:30 a.m. So, the next morning at 7:30 a.m., I waited my turn to walk the red carpet for the first time, barely awake, in jeans, sandals and a blazer -- and it was totally worth it.
05/19/2012 04:31 EDT
Everyone who walks by my trailer looks calm and friendly and not like trailer park axe murderers. This is reassuring because unlike canoe trips, I cannot sleep with my axe and bear spray. Now it is time to take on the Festival. There is no full-length mirror, so let's just hope I look good and feel confident enough to meet that French producer. A bientôt.
05/17/2012 11:57 EDT
When I received the invitation to Cannes, I knew I had to make the most of it. I could go for the few days and sleep in a nice hotel, OR, I could stay at the elegant-sounding Parc Bellevue -- a mobile home trailer park 6km from the Palais des Festivals. I am staying at "Le Camping" -- as the Festival organizers call it -- because I have to, and lucky for me, I kinda want to.
05/15/2012 05:22 EDT
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