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(Pandemic) Postcard Profile: Actor Jolene Anderson

Actor, singer, dancer Jolene Anderson puts her energies into board development while theatre is on hiatus at StoryBook Theatre. Caroline Russell-King spotlights her in the latest Pandemic Postcard Profile (with a nod to Bernard Pivot and James Lipton), 

What is the next project for you?  

Working on the board of StoryBook Theatre, I want to grow our board. 

How do you contribute to these pieces?  

I’m doing some of the basic posting (of the volunteer job), connecting to anyone and answering questions about the investment of their time. 

What is your greatest creative challenge? 

I would say when I’m acting, being present in the room. Also, figuring out what’s needed (for me) to create for that show. 

What turns you on creatively? 

Really, I think the word is “joy”; finding the joy, seeing people get joy. 

What turns you off creatively?  

Negativity. It’s hard to create in a negative environment and with negative people. 

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

Cooking comfort food! My favourite food is pizza or tacos or Spanish-influenced cuisine. 

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

This is a challenging question! I think I’d like to sit and have a drink with Billie Holiday — a gin cocktail. So many people have already done the work for us. We don’t have the same fight … if it weren’t for people like her. 

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

Probably not to be afraid to try things. There’s nothing wrong with failing. 

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

I think it would be exciting being a professional actor; to be in the world of imagination rather than reality. 

What would you do with extreme wealth?  

I would be by a beach. I’ve never been to Greece. Greek waters, Greek food, Greek men – that’s where I’m taking my money! 

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

Don’t be afraid to ask questions it’s what helps you connect to people and move forward.

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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