I didn’t grow up wanting to be an actor. In fact, it was the farthest thing from my mind. I wanted to help the homeless. Yup you read that right…while everyone runs away from these socially outcast-bottom-feeders, I was running TOWARDS them. I yearned to make a difference in the world and help humanity. The funny thing was, they were the ones who discovered me.

Uh huh…sounds random right? How does that work, you wonder? Simple. Whilst doing what I do, I kept em entertained with my insightful and delightful personality. I radiate love and spread happiness wherever I go…one of em turned to me and said, “what are you doing here with us? You should be on stage or TV or something.” I followed those words of wisdom…not right away mind you, I started feeling guilty for collecting a paycheque that was based on profiting from people’s misery—i.e. Because people were homeless, I got paid. So I walked away, choosing instead to help people on a voluntary basis/from my heart and did everything else — and I mean EVERYTHING…from administrative assistance, temp work, insurance—you name it, I tried it and so I realized something had to change—and quick–Which leads my current vocation of “living the dream”. A few short years ago, I leftwage slavery. They say that faith is about taking the first step even if you don’t see the full staircase. No longer was I joining the masses of miserable people who were wed to their jobs for the pay—trading years of joy and inner peace for stability and socialsecurity. I leaped into the unknown, choosing instead to be true to myself and finding true and lasting happiness. I chose acting…or it chose me. I can see now it was a calling. And I finally answered. It followed me all my life–from humanitarian missions in New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina to third world Guyana—where I was asked to do television segments to my work with Ve’ahavta: The Canadian Jewish Humanitarian and Relief Committee where I was featured on the news to being asked to partake as an extra on the Executive Director’s TV show…no matter the venue or task at hand, the camera was not far behind. Now the camera and I are inseparable. We are having a love affair. It is an incredible thing to be able to do what you love and get compensated for it!

My advice? Follow your dreams

Wherever they may lead You have what it takes to stand out and succeed.

About The Author

Cynthia Stone
Professional Actress

Cynthia Stone, a non-Union actor whose background includes a combination of Cree, Ojibwa and Jewish, what she refers to as a "Creebrew" or "Ojewbwa", is a natural in front of the camera. With impeccable wit, charm, and a winning attitude, she is fast becoming a rising star. The acting bug bit her early on, affording her appearances on television shows as far back as 1993 with Material World. Since that time, she has gone on to appear in such Feature Films as Kick Ass 2 and Total Recall. Further, she has also been cast on The Kennedys, Being Erica and Dragon's Den, to name a few. But there's more to Cynthia than just raw talent. She is also skilled at voiceover work, having done voiceovers for movies, commercials, and radio. Modelling is yet another aspect to this talented professional's roster, affording her opportunities in catalogues, websites, movie stills, runway shoots, and more. She has also done spokesmodel work and is very comfortable in front of the camera. With her gift of gab and easygoing demeanour, it is no surprise that Cynthia is skilled at hosting/MC ing, affording her opportunities at the Reel Film Festival, iShowcase music event and more. She loves to meet new people and embraces every new undertaking with gratitude and drive. In her private life, Cynthia is a humanitarian, truly committed to helping people find happiness. "One glorious chain of love, of giving and receiving, unites all creatures." --Samson Raphael Hirsch

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