Today’s Notable Young Entrepreneur is award-winning Vancouver-based actress Roseanne Supernault. A Metis Cree from Alberta, she is passionate about using her work to inspire youth and pay homage to her indigenous roots. We caught up with her to find out what inspires her and what advice she would share with other young professionals…
1. Describe what you do in less than 140 characters. Go.
Other than trying to keep up with the age of information on a daily basis, I also act, write and produce.
2. What was the inspiration for your career route?
I was quite a theatrical child. My mom was always creating; crafts, fashion, food. She taught me that it’s a joy to be creative. My dad loved watching me perform – even at karaoke! He drove me to all my auditions after I got an agent. My older sister instilled discipline and patience in me. I wanted to go to the movie theatre one night, but had an audition the next day. She gave me a look and asked: “Do you want to go and watch a movie, or practice your audition and be in a movie?” Once I started at Victoria Arts School at 14, I was hooked. Nothing in this world can take away those years at art school for me. I was a sponge. I loved it.
3. What is the most memorable milestone in your career so far?
Going to Cannes Film Festival for my newest sci-fi film “The Northlander.” It was selected for the Perspective Canada Program. Shoutout to my GoFundMe contributors!
4. Where do you see yourself in 5 years, 10 years, 20 years?
I plan in one week, one month, and three month increments with a general overarching aspiration of functioning at the highest vibrational frequency possible. I choose to keep my life open to health, abundance, creativity, and service to the world. The way I stay open to infinite possibility is by creating space in my life; space in which the dreams that I wouldn’t even fathom can come true. Rise up as the best person you can possibly be and your dreams will meet you there. As Bruce Lee once said: “Be water, my friend.”
5. Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
The moment after you’ve read this article: open up a word document and write down a list of the 10 people you spend most of your time with. You are the average of them all. Look at the top five: The farthest these people will allow themselves to go in life is probably the farthest you will allow yourself to go. I’m not saying kick all your homies to the curb, but I will say that this advice changed my life and is a part of why I’m in a Notable article right now.
6. Do you support any charities? If so, which one(s) and why is it (or they) important to you?
World Wildlife Fund and the David Suzuki Foundation. I’ve always had a thing about animals and the planet.
7. What is one major challenge that you’ve had to overcome in your career? How did you overcome it?
Overcoming depression without medication while using my emotions as a tool in my profession. Yikes! I feel like the stigma around depression is slowly unveiling. If you’re suffering from depression, don’t give up on yourself! Help is out there. You are not alone.
8. What does the word notable mean to you?
Pointing out something that will be important in the future.
1. Where is your favourite place to wine/ dine in your city and why?
Padmanadi’s in Edmonton. Meat&Bread in Gastown.
2. What’s the most visited website on your Internet browser? The most played song on your phone?
After my new shop eightxeight.com, it’s e-mail and YouTube.
Most played song is… ‘Force’ by Tanya Tagaq. We all owe it to ourselves to see her perform live. Please follow her on Twitter (@tagaq)
3. Who’s one person you think everyone should be following on social media?
Farah Dhukai. Her home beauty regimes are hella dope.
4. What’s your favourite country to visit and why? And what’s the next one you plan on travelling to?
I had the chance to travel to France and Germany to present my film “Maina” at two separate festivals. They were fantastic hosts. France and Germany are killin’ the bread and cheese game. Parisan espresso is on a whole other level. I highly recommend participating. Next country on my list is Thailand.
5. What gives you the greatest FOMO?
That I still do not know what FOMO is and I refuse to google it.
6. What’s your guiltiest pleasure?
Not working. Ahhhhhh. It’s the cat’s meow.
7. What’s something you wish you didn’t spend so much money on? What’s something you wish you spent more on?
Advertising. Speaking of which, watch “Blackstone” on Netflix for my harrowing performance as Natalie Stoney. 😉
8. And finally, what does success look like to you? Work, play, or otherwise…
Being my own boss, taking care of myself, my family, my community; and remembering that even Beyonce took a year-long sabbatical.