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(Pandemic) Postcard Profile: Calgary actor Cheryl Hutton

Caroline Russell-King’s offers up another (Pandemic) Postcard Profile, catching up with local artists during quarantine. This time, she finds out what’s up with actor and mom Cheryl Hutton (with a nod to Bernard Pivot and James Lipton). 

What is the next project for you?  

In August I’m going to be teaching culinary arts at Jubeschool (www.jubeschool.com). Right now, I’m also finishing taxes, homeschooling, potty training …  

How do you contribute to these pieces?  

I will be making cupcakes that look like hamburgers! Teaching culinary art is something that’s been in the back of my mind. Before I couldn’t commit to it but now I can. 

What is your greatest creative challenge? 

I think it’s the hustle. Maintaining the hustle and having the confidence to do all that self-promotion. 

What turns you on creatively? 

Ensemble work. Being in a room with a beautiful group of artists working, with trust. There’s nothing better. 

What turns you off creatively?  

Being pulled in too many directions, not being able to focus, thinking I don’t have the energy and I can’t do it all. 

What’s one thing you’re really good at?  

Improvising physical comedy and empathy. (Oh, that’s two things!) 

If you could resurrect and share a drink with a dead person who would it be? 

Robin Williams, he was just amazing – we would do gin. 

What is one thing you wish you’d known sooner?  

How to organize time. I think it’s always haunted me. 

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? 

If it wasn’t for motion sickness, I would be an astronaut. Or, I’d be a real-estate agent because I love looking in other people’s houses. 

What would you do with extreme wealth? 

To look after myself and immediate family and set everyone up for ease. After that, I would build a theatre arts centre so there was no reliance on other financial sources and then make some stuff. 

What is one piece of advice you would give to the person who wants to do what you do?  

Be okay with the unknown. No two days are the same. Our business is consistently inconsistent. 

Caroline Russell-King is a playwright, dramaturg, and instructor. She is a member of The Playwrights Guild of Canada, the Dramatist Guild of America and the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. You can find her work here at www.carolinerussellking.com.

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