Sandy grew up on island with a passion for arts. Her early performing ambitions began at the age 14 when she joined her high school’s Musical Theatre production landing several lead roles. She later moved to the lower mainland and attended UBC.
Mid way through her studies, she found her passion for acting was much stronger than her love of science and upon that realization immediately found an agent and began honing her craft. Being a multi-tasker, the honor student still continued her studies and received a degree in Cell Biology and Genetics.
Her resume includes features in: Stargate Universe(TV) Shattered(TV) Afternoon Tea(Film) & her latest project: Primeval New World.
We came across her profile and immediately contacted Sandy for an interview. She was very polite and excited and agreed to have an interview with us. Our questions are below in bold with Sandy’s response in italics.
604 Now: During your time at UBC, you realized your passion for acting and immediately hired an agent. What kept you at UBC to finish your degree as opposed to dropping out?
You know, no one’s ever asked me that before. The simple answer is because I’ve never liked quitting anything. So despite knowing that acting was the path I was going to follow, the idea of leaving my degree when I was already halfway done really bothered me. I definitely could have stopped then and it wouldn’t have been a wrong decision. But I’ve always been the type of person to commit to something and see it through, for better or worse. In hindsight, I am so glad and thankful I finished. The endurance, dedication and persistence of completing my education are things I definitely carried into my work ethic as an actor.
604 Now: What is it about acting that attracted you to make a career decision?
It’s the joy I get from the work and connecting with other people. It just makes me so darn happy and I’m passionate about every single aspect of the industry. It’s like this switch in my brain that I can’t turn off, and I’m constantly growing, learning, and pushing myself and enjoying it all. I enjoy developing my craft, enjoy watching films, and enjoy bettering myself as an artist. I truly love to entertain. If someone tells me they enjoyed watching me in something, it’s biggest gift they could give me. Nothing else makes me feel that way.
604 Now: What are your interests outside acting?
I love to paint and draw. I’ve been drawing since I was a little kid. It’s my outlet and solo time. I’m currently working on 3 different canvases right now, and experimenting with different mediums. I write song lyrics. I love travelling, reading books, and I’m a huge foodie. Also, I’m a big Connect 4 freak. Huge fan. My friends always know Connect 4 is the way to lure me to a party.
604 Now: What music artists do you look up too?
I suppose I look up to music artists for a wide array of reasons. In terms of work ethic, I think of someone like Madonna. She’s lasted literally decades, which is no small feat. Etta James breaks my heart whenever I hear her voice. I look up to her ability to open her heart, pour it into her voice, and show us everything inside of her which is so brave and inspiring. Similarly, I look up to Eddie Vetter’s ability to communicate so beautifully through his song lyrics. But I’m all over the map with music-I listen to pretty much everything.
604 Now: If you could work with one actor/actress, who would it be and why?
That’s easy. It’s a cliché response but it’s Meryl Streep. I’d run her coffee for her if I could, just to be around her. She’s someone that boggles my mind and I theory she’s an alien. How else to explain how she does it? She’s incredible. Having that kind of sensitivity to the work is something I strive for. Working with her would be a dream come true.
604 Now: Are you currently working on any projects?
I’m auditioning at the moment and I’m also developing my own projects as a producer. Interestingly enough, my biology degree is finally coming into play because I’m so detailed oriented with putting everything together. The team I’m working with is committed to telling great stories, and it’s an exhilarating being around a group of people striving for the same goals.
604 Now: What has been your favorite role thus far and why?
I have to say it’s been my latest role which was a guest star of a science-fiction show called Primeval: New World because of the sum of all my experiences. From the role I played, to the director, to the most amazing cast and crew. The director of the episode, Mike Rohl, is an incredibly generous actor’s director. He somehow knows how to trigger these emotions in you, just when you think you couldn’t go deeper or view things in a different way, which makes for magic on set. The entire cast and crew of this show are incredible. From wardrobe, to hair, catering, camera crew, lead actors, everyone’s like family on this set and functions as one. My character was so beautifully written and she had so much depth and rawness to her so as an actor you jump for opportunities like these. I have a lot of great memories from this experience. I also just love dinosaurs.
604 Now: Where do you see yourself 3 years from today?
Working on a set, continuing to develop my own projects, painting on more canvases and surrounded by the same loving family and friends I have today.
604 Now: Quotes you live by?
Carpe Diem. Live, love, laugh. Always believe and have faith.
Sandy’s latest feature: Primeval: New World, will be having it’s series premiere on October 29th on Space! Don’t miss her performance on Episode 3 (Fear of Flying).