Photographer: Melissa Gidney
Occupation: Mother, Wife, & Actress
Describe yourself in under 100 words.
A small town girl who loves to be challenged. Always up for something new. Love to be any place outdoors. Hard working, compassionate, determined and stubborn! Can do anything I put my mind to. I would always rather be one on one with someone than in a big group. Witty, with a dry sense of humour and cries easily. Wear my heart on my sleeve.
If you had to describe your RAW shoot in one word what would it be?
Beauty can be defined in so many ways. What is your definition of ‘beautiful’?
Someone with a beautiful soul.
When do you feel most beautiful?
Usually at night right before bed. And, when I feel connected to the world and to people, I feel the most like myself.
What part of aging scares you the most?
It used to worry me a lot more than it does now. Something about having a child makes living in the moment much easier! I’ve always been hard on myself and pushed myself to be better. But becoming a mother has helped me let it all go. Including aging. When I think of growing old, I’m often fearful of being unable to use my mind or body, and that scares me.
What part of aging is the most exciting?
That every day I am able to discover more about myself. Life gives you a beautiful gift as you age. You have more life experience. Hard times, beautiful times, pain, love, disappointment & joy. You can take them and grow. Or wilt. I choose to grow! I remember my grandmother telling me at 80 that she still felt 25. She would walk by a mirror and surprise herself saying “Who is that old lady in the mirror?” Aging just ends up being a number. It’s how you feel inside.
Well, one look at my nails and you know that I never bother. I live on an island and daily wood chopping gets in the way. And I never, ever go in the sun. BUT, i spend money on my hair. I colour it every month and treat myself.
Have you ever struggled with confidence, body image or insecurities in your life? If yes, please share your story. If you have any advice for people going through the same thing please feel free to share your thoughts here.
Absolutely. Who hasn’t? In my early twenties, I went through a program for eating disorders at St Paul Hospital. It was something I had battled with for a long time. It saved my life and even though it was incredibly difficult, I’m happy to have had that experience. It gives me a deep understanding of other women who have struggled.
Have you ever had cosmetic surgery or treatments? Please share your thoughts on this.
When I was a teen, I had horrible acne which left some scarring. I also was in a car accident that left me with a scar on my nose between my eyes. I never really noticed it until I started working in film and people starting to point it out. I decided to have fraxel laser surgery to help with the scars. It was great! I’m happy I chose to do it. I also don’t blink to whiten my teeth!
Let’s talk Photoshop. What are your thoughts on this cultural phenomenon? Yay or nay? Or is there a place for it sometimes?
Generally, no. It can be badly overdone. Usually when you start messing with photoshop it changes peoples faces and bodies to something that looks nothing like them. However, I’m not opposed to fixing small issue (dark circles, acne etc.) in a photo. I think the issue comes down to this: when we NEVER see a photo of a normal and real person. When everything is made to look beautiful and perfect. Then, it becomes a problem.
You are a mom, a wife, an actress and a singer/total rockstar….which role is the most difficult?
They all share different difficulties. The hardest part for me is the juggling. When I focus on just being a mother, I can put all my energy into it. And, at the end of the day, I feel like I have given my best. The challenge starts when I’m shifting roles. You have to drop one role and become another. And sometimes you feel like you haven’t given your best. But it all comes down to finding your own balance. We are homeschooling our son this year. It’s one of the best decisions we have ever made. But with work, music and motherhood, something has to give. I choOse my family first, always. And go from there. So far, it’s all working out.
If you had an extra hour every day what would you do with it?
Spend time with my husband and son. Preferably someplace warm.
When you were 5 what did you want to be when you were older?
I don’t know if I knew. But my mom tells me I always had a gaggle of kids behind me leading them to the next adventure!
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