Trish Rainone is an actress, writer, producer & comedian. She was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. With dreams of working in television from a young age, she attended Carleton University’s Film program at 18 years old. Trish landed her first audition for the campy, low-budget horror flick, ‘Black Forest’ in 2012. Trish co-created and stars (as Heather) in the critically acclaimed Webseries, ‘My Roommate’s an Escort,’ which has garnered over one million views across platforms, lead her to being featured on ‘e-Talk: CTV’, ‘CP: 24’, a raving review in the ‘Globe & Mail’ (John Doyle: April 2017), and festivals world-wide.
We love this talented and versatile woman and would like you to MEET TRISH RAINONE:
1. WHAT WAS YOUR JOURNEY TO BECOMING AN ACTOR? WHERE DID IT BEGIN?
At my elementary school in Sault Ste. Marie, theatre and monthly performances were a big part of our curriculum. I was, however, very shy. In Grade Six, I auditioned for the lead in the play ‘Cinderella Wears Combat Boots’ and landed the role. I remember being so excited, and then backing out the next day due to stage freight. I had so much fear! Highschool drama class cured that fear of speaking in front of others. I tried a few other jobs after graduating University and College where I studied Psychology and Autism and Behavioural Sciences. I was exhausted and trying to decide what to do with my life and told my mom I wanted to be an actor and writer. I was twenty something and asked her if it was too late to start over! It seems so silly now that I thought it was “too late.” She said, “It’s only too late to start over if you’re dead.” That was the best advice she could have given me.
2. WHAT PROJECT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF AND WHY?
I’m excited about all of the recent screenings and awards for a film I was at actor in called ‘One Night Stand‘ starring Matthew Sauvé. I played a character, Ellen, in the film and when I was nominated in Italy for an award, I had to go. I really just wanted to try authentic Italian pizza! The city was beautiful. I am also particularly focused on my writing. I am very passionate about my writing. I make a point to write every single day and aspire to have a career in screenwriting. I am so proud of ‘My Roommate’s an Escort,’ because of all the sweat and tears (no blood, thankfully) that went into it. Katie and I worked our butts off from the day we started conceiving and writing that show. From raising money (which we did thanks to so many generous and supportive people through our Indiegogo Campaign) to having investors help us out- it was just such a journey. We learned a lot about business. We learned a lot about marketing and writing and producing. We went to a lot of meetings. Developed it into a show and then back into a web-series. It’s been quite the journey and it’s going to continue. We gave gained the funding for Season Two and couldn’t be happier. We get to shoot in my hometown of Sault Ste. Marie and hire the local actors and crew. I’m so grateful for this. I’m excited to bring my work back home to the Sault and to get the community involved.
3. WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR ASPIRING ACTORS?
If you love doing it just do it and work hard at it. Know that there’s no set path and it’s kind of a “choose your own adventure” kind of field to be in but go to the conferences and ask mentors for advice. Take advice, but always trust your own gut. Keep going and try and find a balance in your life. Having other interests is important. Always remind yourself of how far you’ve come. Look at your 13 year old self or even your self two years ago. Do it because you love sharing stories and try to remind yourself of why you’re doing it. . Focus on you. Be you. There’s no other you!
4. WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE ASPIRING ACTORS FOR PREPARING FOR AN AUDITION?
Prepare! Put in the time. Tell your agent if you’re really sick. I made the mistake of doing a big audition while really sick last January and could barely even say my own name! Don’t beat yourself up if you do bomb it. Reflect and learn from your “mishaps.” They are not the end of the world.
Advice for writers would be the same advice that was given to me: “Write!”
5. WHICH ACTING TEACHER/COACH/SCHOOL PLAYED THE BIGGEST ROLE IN YOUR CAREER?)
So many have played a role. I’ve studied with coaches privately, I’ve done classes, I’ve learned a TON from doing so many self-taped auditions. I will say that my Grandma Sutherland (who passed away 2 years ago) was the funniest lady I know and I’m becoming more confident with who I am lately and letting my funny show. She’s responsible for that. She taught me comedy without realizing she was teaching me.
6. DO YOU FEEL IT IS NECESSARY FOR PERFORMERS TO PROMOTE THEMSELVES IN ORDER TO ADVANCE THEIR CAREERS? (E.G. USING SOCIAL MEDIA)
Social Media can be a useful tool for actors and filmmakers to promote and spread their work. I’ve had people reach out to me from all over the world saying they have seen different projects I’ve been involved in. Sometimes we forget people are watching. It’s nice to know that our stories can be shared past a campfire and across the world.
7. WHAT IS THE HARDEST ROLE/CHARACTER YOU’VE EVER PLAYED?
That’s tough. I haven’t played a Lawyer or a Medical professional. I feel like that would be a challenge with all the jargon. I did a little role in a film as a Border Guard. I was really happy to get the part, as in the script the guard was described as an “Older male.” Sometimes the smaller roles with a few lines are more challenging than the principal or leading roles. I hadn’t done anything where I had this “no-nonsense” kind of demeanor. So I was a little intimidated to act…intimidating. Comedy comes the easiest to me. I do want to do an action film. I joined a boxing gym. I’d love do more Sci-Fi. As a writer, comedy comes the easiest to me and thrillers and dramas are more challenging.
8. IF YOU COULD TURN BACK TIME AND APPEAR IN ANY FILM MADE IN THE PAST 20 YEARS, WHICH FILM AND CHARACTER WOULD YOU CHOOSE … AND WHY?
I would be Garth in ‘Wayne’s World.’ I love that movie. But I wouldn’t want to take that away from Dana Carvey, so I’ll let him keep it. I’ll refrain from entering the time machine.
9. WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE THE CANADIAN FILM/TV INDUSTRY CAN DO DIFFERENTLY IN ORDER TO GROW?
This is a hard one. I think steps are always being taken. I hear a lot about new studios opening up. I know government grants help and I am so grateful for those and hope those continue.
10. WE ALL HAVE MENTORS. THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO GIVE US THE HOPE, INSPIRATION, AND THE DRIVE TO KEEP GOING. IN THE INDUSTRY, WHO ARE THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN YOUR MENTORS AND WHY?
I was excited to get to work with Brad Turner on ‘V-Wars.’ I was obsessed with ’24’, which is one of the many other TV shows he also has Directed. It took over my whole world when it was on. Being a TV actor for me at that time was a pipedream. I didn’t know I’d one day work with him or the others. ACTRA’s President David Sparrow plays my father, “Daddy” in ‘My Roommate’s an Escort’ and he’s a fantastic mentor and human being.
TRISH IS REPRESENTED BY: Patrick Yang at Oldfield Management
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