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POLLY SHANNON- ADVICE
Polly Shannon, the well-known Canadian actress who made her way from modeling to successfully breaking into the acting industry.
As a child, Polly started acting in theaters. At the age of 13, the modeling industry opened its doors for her which gave her the chance to travel around the world to cities like Tokyo, Paris and New York, all by the age of 17.
Her determintation to get to the acting industry soon paid off, as she landed her debut role on the TV series, "Are You Afraid Of The Dark?". From small roles to big roles, her breakthrough was in 1998 with "The Girl Next Door", where she played as a young seductress/murder victim. Her role on the film earned her critical acclaims and a Gemini Award nomination for Best Actress, which was followed with more nominations for the proceeding films she starred in.
Polly puts true passion into every project she encounters. The experience and transition of her career drives her to move forward, study hard and work harder to be one of the best of her league.
POLLY SHANNON - ADVICE
New Faces comes to face-to-face with Polly Shannon as she unravels her journey from the modeling industry to making her way successfully to the acting industry.
Polly Shannon: I did mostly live theatre as a child and really loved it. I was constantly busy. So between school and drama, dance, singing lessons, rehearsals, and performances I had very little free time. There was not a lot of hanging out with my friends. I had very strict parents who enforced school first. I had to take all science in school and maintain A's to continue my after school practices. I think this taught me a good work ethic. I was very driven. As a young adult when others were partying I was studying to get better.
Polly Shannon: Never let the child think this makes them special, or they'll have a rude awakening later.
New Faces: You also had a worldwide modeling career starting at the age of 13, what made you want to get into modeling and can you tell us a bit about that experience?
Polly Shannon: I was scouted when I was about twelve and had never thought about doing it before. I was 5'8 and a little too thin and they wanted to pay me money to take pictures. I was very into traveling and this provided me with a way to do that and make money that I was going to save for school. I got to live in New York, Tokyo, and Paris all before the age of 18.
Polly Shannon: Back then in Canada they really didn't take models seriously. My true love was acting. For a while I did both in stead of waitresing but as I got more into film and TV my agent at the time suggested I stop modeling and I did.
New Faces: You come from a small town, how did that help or hinder your acting start, for example, do you think coming from Los Angeles would have made a difference?
I think starting in Canada was the best thing to happen to me. I came down here with tons of experience and good contacts. I'd also be nowhere had I not studied forever with David Rotenberg in Toronto.
New Faces: You have done everything from small theatre to a popular MTV series, to the critically acclaimed movie, The Girl Next Door, can you describe what its like to do both the smaller and the blockbuster parts?
Polly Shannon: I approach every part with the same amount of respect. I do my best to give all my characters the fullness of life they deserve.ng others but it's premature to talk about them yet.
New Faces: You have received two Gemini nominations (the Canadian equivalent to the Oscars) for your roles in The Girl Next Door and The Sheldon Kennedy Story, do such accolades matter and do they create new opportunities for you?
Polly Shannon: Receiving recognition from my peers meant the world to me! It was an honour.
New Faces: Can you tell us about your upcoming roles and what you are working on now?
Polly Shannon: I'm doing so many things right now. Where to start? I'm attached to a couple of exciting films and there is buzz around a potential series.
New Faces: Finally, what advice would you offer for aspiring actors who want to get started in the industry?
Polly Shannon: The best advice I can give is keep studying! Don't think someone will just take a look at your pretty and make you a star. It's a battle and if you are lucky enough to be given a chance you'd better be prepared to shine. This industry is a little like running a marathon you need the training, the stamina and the drive to get to that finish line.