Noravera has a new team member. She's pretty awesome.
We went through a fairly rigorous interview process to find our newest team member. Meet Carolyn Irwin. Raised in Calgary (and numerous other exotic places), Carolyn now calls Vancouver home. Growing up watching film (and so much Disney – her words), she’s become heavily invested in the craft of movies. Going through our interview process, we realized we didn’t get her to answer the tough questions. Let’s see how she holds up.
Tell us a little something about yourself that most people wouldn’t know about you.
I moved around a bunch growing up – I was really lucky to live in England, Scotland, and Australia before I even finished high school! Because of the way I grew up, I absolutely love to travel and to meet new people! Canada has always been “home” but I put that in quotes because I’m definitely the type of person who can make themselves feel at home wherever they are, and I definitely feel at home in Vancouver.
Don’t tell England and Scotland, but Australia was my favourite. I lived in Melbourne for 3 years and graduated from High School there. I loved the people and the beaches and being the only Canadian in my school I got a lot of attention for my accent.. all the while trying to perfect my aussie accent (which I will happily demonstrate in person any time).
Being a female in a mostly male dominated industry, what are some of the biggest challenges and opportunities you look forward to?
I have encountered this a few times in my career in the film industry already and I’m of the opinion that this will only be a challenge if you allow it to be. If you walk into a situation with the mentality that you might be treated differently because you’re a woman – then you probably will. On the other hand, if you simply walk in as a competent worker willing to put in the effort and get the job done then it really shouldn’t matter what gender you are. And – you won’t open the door to allow people to even consider treating you differently because of your gender. That being said, it’s hard not to be aware of the gender ratios in this industry and jobs definitely get painted as ‘blue’ or ‘pink’ – I’ve been invited to support groups for females in our industry for goodness sake! We shouldn’t even have a need for those! I think the biggest opportunity here is to continue to break those gender stereotypes and expectations in general. I love seeing female DOP’s out there rocking it just as much as I love seeing a male DOP doing a great job – so I guess what I’m saying is… I wish we could all just get along like we used to in middle school… and bake a cake filled with rainbows and smiles and everyone would eat it and be happy.
You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
Well first let me complement the existing colours in the crayon box. Wow – are you ever beautiful and boy, have you created some beautiful pictures together already! I’m so excited to join this existing rainbow. I think I’d be yellow because it’s a very bright, happy colour and I think one of the most common things people comment on about me is my positivity. I always try to see the good in every situation and I have definitely found this comes in handy in the film industry. As we all know, curveballs are constant and stress can run rampant so it’s important not to get bogged down. My unofficial job title at my past job was “Positivity Manager” as I was often lifting people’s spirits on set whether intentionally or not- and I think that’s a pretty good role for a yellow.
What’s the last thing you watched on TV or Netflix and why did you choose to watch it?
The last thing I watched on TV was MasterChef Season 15 – I am an absolute reality TV junkie, my favourites are The Bachelor franchise, and MTV’s The Challenge, but I really don’t discriminate. MasterChef is such a great show – the talent in these amateur chefs is both impressive and inspiring. Gordon Ramsey, if you’re reading this, you’re a brilliant chef, entrepreneur and TV host/judge and I especially love your handling of young talent on MasterChef Junior. Aarón Sanchez, you’re an angel and I wish you all the happiness in the world. Joe Bastianich if you’re reading this – well, you know what they say – if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all. I’m going to take that advice, and so should you, Joe.
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
This isn’t incredibly recent – but I think it’s hilarious so I’m going to share it anyways. Last year I was following a court case for a client and one day I was attending court for an update on the case and a bunch of people were all outside of the courtroom waiting for it to open and I was eating a croissant (because I was running late that morning and didn’t have time to eat breakfast – so sue me). SO – I’m eating my croissant and minding my own business and this man sitting across from me says, “THAT’S ALL?” and I looked around – yep he’s definitely talking to me. “Pardon me?” I ask. “IS THAT ALL?” – he yells across the hall. “I’m sorry – is what all?” I reply. “IS THAT ALL YOU’RE GOING TO EAT?”, he says. “Oh. Um – yep this will do.” I tried to avoid eye contact to avoid any continuation of this conversation (if you’ve ever spent time in court you wouldn’t blame me) Moments later we were all in the courtroom and to my surprise, my breakfast bully was being called up to the stands. The judge proceeds to interrogate him on the several cases against him of DINING AND DASHING in which he has been dining alone, ordered over $40 worth of food each sitting, eaten it all and then acted surprised when he didn’t have any money on his debit card – OVER $40 worth of food!?! IS. THAT. ALL. is all I have to say about that.
What inspires you?
I’m inspired by lots of things – witty repartee, flexibility (literally and figuratively), morning people (which I am not), dogs, intelligence, strength, creativity, sunshine, my family (aww), passion, kindness, generosity…oh and potatoes (they’re just so dang versatile!)
What do you work toward in your free time?
I love to practice yoga and I would love to do my 200 hours yoga teacher training someday – but I’m not quite there yet. Stay tuned for updates. I also have recently gotten into sewing. Against all seamstress’ advice I decided to start with arguably the most challenging sewing endeavour and make swimsuits (another addiction of mine). I was inspired by a sustainable fashion documentary, RiverBlue, and have been taking second hand athletic wear (leggings mostly) and cutting them up and turning them into bikinis! There have been challenges along the way but it’s a really fun hobby that I hope to continue to improve on as I teach myself (oh, the wonders of YouTube tutorials!)
A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?
He says that his name is Guacamole. He is an early birthday present for me and I will love him forever.
Our team is consistently growing more and more. With the addition of Carolyn, we’ve got the ability to take on much larger projects that are more complex and challenging. From concept development, script writing, storyboarding to full-scale production and animation capabilities in-house, we are equipped for any size of project – with some fast, effective communication from our star Production Managers. We’re excited for the years ahead growing creatively and having the the support to do so as a team.