Work hard and be a good person. Be the person that other people want to have around set and opportunities will come to you. Christin Hanly is living proof of those words. After attending film school in New York City, she began working in various positions throughout the industry in Calgary and Toronto. Tired of the positions she was getting, Hanly moved home and ended up quitting the business altogether to open a cupcake shop in her native Saskatoon. Then, after a frustrating period spent in the baking world, Hanly moved back to Calgary and got into script coordinating.
One of her first gigs in Calgary was as an assistant to Wynonna Earp showrunner Emily Andras, while slowly taking over script coordinating duties in Season 2. Now, as the series gets ready to begin production on Season 4, Hanly’s hard work and great attitude has paid off, and she has been promoted to Associate Producer.
Hanly, who also was script coordinator for CBC’s new drama Fortunate Son, recently participated in our Women Behind Canadian TV series. With most of Canada’s TV production happening in Toronto and Vancouver, she tells us what it’s like to work out in Calgary. She also details how she overcomes the challenges of working away from the Toronto-based Wynonna Earp writers’ room and some of the biggest lessons she’s learned from Andras.
This interview has been edited and condensed.
The TV Junkies: I know you had a pretty wide and varied background before you came to a career in television. Can you share a little bit about the path that got you into TV?
Christin Hanly: When I was a kid we didn’t have a lot of money and one of the theaters in town had 50 cent movies. My parents didn’t know what to do with us so they’d take us all the time. It was everything from Disney to Dirty Dancing. I always wanted to tell stories and be involved in that.