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Q

:

You are a trailblazer who dove into the digital world early.

For

Sanctuary

, you were the first to shoot a series on the RED

camera and all green screen. How do you stay on top our

continually changing digital landscape?

A

: We didn’t realize just how many trails we were blazing with

Sanctuary

. If we had, we might not have been so gung-ho about it

all. We knew we wanted to create something that was different

and we had the very naive idea of creating a multi-platform web-

site with content, merchandise, gaming and social networking.

Sadly, we didn’t have the budget for what we wanted to do and

we ended up putting in a lot of our own money. I wouldn’t

suggest that anyone do that.When we launched this thing they

call the “intraweb” we really didn’t know how to monetize the

eyeballs that were watching it. The platform has changed since

then. The one thing the eyeballs did was bring us to the

attention of the networks and it was from there that we were

able to make theTV show. We were privately financed and went

after international sales country by country. Every year we

needed certain people to come to the table to move forward. It

was a real Rubik’s Cube. We were for all intents and purposes

an independent television series without the umbrella or sup-

port of a studio. We were a writer, a director and an actor who

also became producers.The thing we are all most proud of are

the 59 episodes we produced and the stories we were able to

collectively tell. It was incredibly gratifying and by far the most

work any of us have ever done.

Q

:

If you could tell another actor new to the business one thing

about this business, what would it be?

A

: Breathe.This business can fold you up like origami and knot

you up like expert macramé. It can be stressful and angst-inducing,

and create tear-your-hair-out crazy-making insanity... And I

believe that if it can do that to you, then you have the passion, the

energy and the spirit to survive it. Breathe.When it brings joy, and

it will with such alarming clarity, you will want to fill your lungs

up with it. Perhaps, most importantly, be kind. To yourself, to your

fellow actors, to the crew, basically to everyone you meet.

Kindness is not a word often associated with this industry, but I

have found it in the most unexpected places and have always

been very grateful when I did.

Q

:

As ACTRA'sWoman of theYear, do you have any additional

words of wisdom to share with our members?

A

: I don’t know what to say really. I’m utterly gobsmacked to be

in this position. I’ve never taken for granted the jobs or

experiences I’ve been fortunate enough to have. I so clearly

remember the thrill of getting my ACTRA card. I was overjoyed.

It validated me as a professional and quite honestly made my

chosen career more acceptable to my parents. I felt I was a part

of something. I have always felt that way. ACTRA has always been

there for me and I have watched ACTRA take care of members

in need, and of members who are ill and their families. I am so

proud to be a part of this union. I am humbled by this incredible

honour.

Amanda is well known for her role as Samantha Carter on the science fiction TV series

Stargate SG-1

,

Stargate Atlantis

and

Stargate: Universe

. She is the star and executive

producer of

Sanctuary

, the first Canadian web series to make the transition to TV.

Amanda has earned four Leo Awards for Best Actress, has been nominated for two

Gemini Awards and four Saturn Awards, and won the 2005 Saturn Award for Best

Supporting Actress. She played Naomi in the TV series

Supernatural

and is a recurring

character on

Package Deal

. Her recent film roles include

Taken Back

,

Random Acts of

Romance

,

Hell in a Handbag

and

Space Milkshake

. Amanda received a Best Director Leo

Award nomination for

Stargate: SG-1

and her directorial TV credits include

Primeval:

New World

,

Arctic Air

,

Continuum

,

Strange Empire

,

Olympus

and

Dark Matter

.

Amanda's charitable foundation "Sanctuary for Kids" has raised hundreds of thousands

of dollars for causes both locally in Vancouver and worldwide. She supports numerous

charities such as The Coast Foundation, a support agency for people with mental

disabilities, The Canadian Cancer Society and UNICEF. Amanda also supports the charity

V-Day by performing in

The Vagina Monologues

to help end worldwide violence against

women and girls. Amanda has been honoured with the “Woman of Vision” Award by

Women in Film and Television, received the YWCA Women of Distinction Award and was

recently awarded the Jules Verne Award in Paris for her humanitarian work.

ACTRA

Magazine Summer 2015

23

ACTRA National Women’s Committee members

Ellie Harvie, Jodi Sadowsky, Cary Lawrence,

Christine Willes, guest of honour Amanda Tapping,

Jo Bates, Winnie Hung and Ferne Downey.

Photo: Russ Neely

Amanda

Tapping

Woman

of theYear

.

Amanda on set directing

Primeval: New World.