(Pandemic) Postcard Profile: Actor Wekamot Oneka

Still want to keep track of what those in Calgary’s artistic community are up to during COVID? Caroline Russell-King offers up her latest (Pandemic) Postcard Profile, this time of actor Wekamot Oneka (with a nod to Bernard Pivot and James Lipton).

What is the next project for you?  

I am writing a game. It’s in development as a mobile game, based on the pandemic!

How do you contribute to these pieces?  

I do graphic design and animation stuff for Wackydoodle animation. 

What is your greatest creative challenge? 

It’s actually getting the idea in my head our and presented in the way I want people to see it.

What turns you on creatively? 

Imagination. I’m inspired by imagination. I think, “Wow, that’s a great idea! Why don’t I do that?”

What turns you off creatively?  

Procrastination. I hate myself for it. Why did I do that? It’s very frustrating.

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

I’m creative. I find I solve problems quite easily. 

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

Oh, god. It would have to be Nikola Tesla. He was a genius. I’d get drunk with him. 

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

That’s a tough one. I don’t think there is anything. I love myself and where I’m at, at the moment. I don’t think there’s anything I wish I’d known earlier. 

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

I’d definitely be interested going into medicine — a physician. I love the idea of helping people. 

What would you do with extreme wealth?  

That’s easy! I would find a poor village and rebuild it. I would change the ecosystem and change the lives of the people. 

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

It’s not an easy business. Stick to it. Be persistent. Don’t give up. 

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