Season 1, Episode 4

Karen Ryan: Acting Aficionado

Karen Ryan started her career as a Calgary-based actor later than most. But once she caught the acting bug, she realized being in front of the cameras in film and television productions is the right place for her. But it wasn’t always a smooth ride. She faced health problems that forced her to take two years off when her career was getting started. It’s been a slow build, but the hard work has paid off for Karen. She now has over 15 acting credits to her name, and she has appeared in television series like CBC’s Heartland and the Amazon Prime production Tin Star. Karen has been honoured by ACTRA Alberta this year as the 2020 Woman of the Year.

In this episode:

We hear about why Karen decided to go into acting, how she got started in the film industry, and maintaining a work-life balance. Then, we learn about what it’s like to be an actor in Alberta, the  acting community, and what it was like to work on the Amazon Prime production Tin Star. Finally, we finish with Karen’s three tips for starting out in the industry.



Executive Producers: Elise Graham, Ava Karvonen, Samantha Quantz, Theresa Wynnyk; Senior Producer: Sheena Rossiter; Associate Producer: Shayna Giles; Host: Sheena Rossiter; Audio Technician: Sheena Rossiter; Social Media Coordinator: Shayna Giles; Original Storylines theme composed by Aaron Macri and Laura Raboud. Produced with support from Alberta’s Ministry of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women. Special thanks to FAVA for it’s support in this production.

This episode sponsored by:

ACTRA Alberta is the local branch of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) representing 25,000 professional performers across Canada, with close to 1,000 talented performers living right here in Alberta.

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