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Did I Choose The Wrong Career Path?

November 18, 2016
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As you know this is an exploratory time for me. I’m trying things I’ve always wanted to but haven’t been able to for one reason or another. One of those things is acting. 

The bulk of my childhood comprised of making home videos. Shout out to Sanyu, Karen and Renata! Who on a daily basis, I forced to perform in my talk shows, music video shoots, Disney Fantasia reenactment or whatever. 

(I should really try to get some of that stuff in a digital form. So jokes!)

I was in the drama club throughout all my schooling. I also belonged to a dance club and performed regularly. And if you watched CP24 on the weekend you’d know that I always talked about my time at Broadway camp. 

On paper if you were to guess my trajectory in life, one might guess that I would’ve gone into acting. But as you know that was not the case. 

Part of that probably has to do with the fact that I grew up in the Caribbean. Where the accepted career aspirations are Lawyer, Doctor or Engineer. Also (and this might have more to do with it)…my parents were actually actors. They are founding members of the Black theatre workshop in Montreal. 

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My mom with Louis Gossett Jr

To be clear, my parents never discouraged me from pursuing acting as a career. For years my whole family revelled in my living room plays and antics. My mother  loves to tell the story about when she saw me on stage for the first time at Broadway camp. She says it was the moment I came into my own. I was 9. My mother never limited my imagination or my desire to try new things. You wanna play violin? Sure. Piano? Sure. You wanna start a neighbourhood club? (big up the Jaguars…I stole the idea from the Sweet Valley High books) Why not. That’s why, when I think back to weighing my choices for university, I’m puzzled as to why theatre never came up? I often wonder if the reason why I felt so much dissonance in my job was because I chose the wrong career path?

15 years later, I’ve recently been reintroduced to my love of acting through reporter roles for TV & Film. At first I didn’t really want to explore it. But now that I’m on this journey, I’m tapping back into the passion I used to have for performing.

This week I went out for my first ‘non-reporter’ auditions. Two commercials. Check out my video below recounting my experience.

Here’s my my TV/FILM Demo reel in case you’re curious.

Nneka Elliott – TV/Film demo from Nneka Elliott on Vimeo.

I want to hear from you. What do you think? Do you ever question whether the career path you chose was in fact the right one? Let me know in the comments section below.

Love,

Nneka

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6 Comments

  • Reply Lindsey November 18, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    This was how I felt at CTV…
    You have so much to offer and I love your reel! Keep going!

  • Reply Kelvin Pompey January 16, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    I can definitely relate to this. I made a wrong choice in what I chose to study and the desire to do something else while stuck with this choice drove me to the depths of despair until I decided to stop. That experience taught me the importance of following my dreams and passions regardless of what the world may think because suffering is often personal and it’s difficult for people to relate unless they’ve been in a similar situation. So at the end of the day we just need to follow our own path to happiness and give thanks for the people who understand and support us.

    • Reply Nneka Elliott January 18, 2017 at 9:47 am

      Thanks for sharing that Kelvin, I’m glad you can relate. It’s a journey! Hope you’re well.

  • Reply Carlo June 26, 2017 at 12:58 am

    I think your acting fit those films excellently. You are a natural. You got it. And you have shared your journey with people. And what you have been going through and your school training and things. People should appreciate that. I wish you blessings in your current career forward.

    When I was younger than today .. I made a career choice but later drifted. Friends thought I should be in another career. And I sort of did it anyways but not the way I could have, as I was taken away by the things of youth. I am in aw of people who do attend university or even college and peruse a career. Life is hard and if you are given talent you were given it for a reason. For me the way I look at it is, if that talent is used for a good cause then that is wonderful. I think you have it. In time you may be surprised how change can come from hard work. Look at Elvis he wanted to be a great actor.

    I think you were really good at CP24. The team worked well together. It makes it easier on the viewer when a good network runs well.
    Just felt compelled to be part of your blog and wish you great success. You know that U2 song “I still have not found what I’m looking for”.
    Hope you find it. You certainly got it. You just have to be you as you already are.

    Carlo

  • Reply Lisa Keizer March 30, 2018 at 9:14 am

    Hi Nneka! I am so proud of you. You are a natural on the screen and you also made our Up North Natuerals team feel right at home when we were on your set.

    I was always a ‘hair and beauty person’ but I ended up as a Director for Charities/Non Profit. I still have compassion and dontate to good causes – but my passion is what I’ve been doing for the last 3 years as the founder of a natural product line for curly hair.

    I’ve learned that real joy and being my true self in order to live my best life ,started when I followed the right path.

    • Reply Nneka Elliott April 2, 2018 at 9:51 am

      Hiii Lisa, so kind of you to say! I totally agree with you. It’s been inspiring to see your passion on display. Hope you had a great Easter weekend. (P.S I didn’t see any typos)

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