HOLLY ELISSA

HOLLY ELISSA

I CREATE wonder

I DISRUPT often

I CLIMB mountains

I LIKE my Dog

open

this has BEEn mY liFE

Some of life’s little big moments.

A true story

1967

Great uncle disappears in the Bermuda Triangle.

Bermuda Triangle

1979

Born October 1, 1979

Moncton, NB

1983

Struck by lightning

the beach

1991

Read ‘No Easy Walk to Freedom’ from school library. Nelson Mandela became my superhero.

Bessborough School

1994

Very first theatre audition. Bombed. Worked backstage eventually making my way to landing a role.

Moncton High School

1996

Volunteer for SIDA/AIDS Moncton. Helped organize first high-school involvement in ‘controversial’ AIDS walk in homophobic city

Moncton, NB

1996

Hit by drunk driver on her way to pick up her baby. Seatbelt saved my life. Please don’t drink and drive.

Moncton, NB

1997

Graduate high-school. Wore trousers. Unintentionally flipped the bird at sexism as wasn’t aware principle said girls had to wear skirts only.

Moncton High School

1998

Complete 1st year BA Theatre, join Students for a Free Tibet. Activism discovers me, excites me, shows me how I can serve.

Dalhousie University

1999

Transfer to Vancouver Film School Acting program, graduate with excellence

Vancouver, BC

2000

First audition out of School. Book gig. Then lose gig 1 hour later due to script rewrites. Devastated, naturally.

Vancouver, BC

2000

Held at gunpoint multiple times along highway and stripped searched in Mexico. Learned it’s best not to travel through areas with high murder and drug cartel rates at night.

Sinaloa and Sonora state, Mexico

2005

Book a series regular and am able to quit multiple day jobs. Become a full-time actor.

Vancouver, BC

2007

First time in Kenya or any country in Africa. Contract Malaria for first time. While working in an orphanage, meet a little boy named Caleb.

Roysambu, KE

2008

Fly a plane for the first time.

Delta, BC

2008

Climb Kilimanjaro, spend time in Kibera and Nairobi, then Atiak in Northern Uganda. Caleb’s Hope NGO becomes officially incorporated. Have another go at Malaria.

East Africa

2011

Caleb’s Hope becomes a registered Canadian charity. Have had Malaria 4 times by this point.

Vancouver, BC

2011

October 1st. Become the new dog parent and best friend of a 15yr old rescue named Stitch.

Los Angeles, CA

2013

Become a permanent resident and immigrate to the USA with Stitch on July 4th.

Los Angeles, CA

2014

Come to accept that Einstein was right: Insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. The West’s version of helping African nations is deeply flawed, plagued by degrading stereotypes, often harming more than helping. Caleb’s Hope goes on a glorious sabbatical as we begin long process of transforming into a “zero cultural footprint” foundation that will solely fund local CBOs.

Canada, USA, Uganda

2014

Receive sage wisdom: “imagination is the key and the door that needs to be unlocked is the mind…beyond that door lies ecstasy where anything is possible.” Finally get the ovaries to dive into filmmaking and make a return to fine arts. To be continued.

Everywhere and Nowhere

i havE FOund it

Loads of Content Coming Weekly.

The Blind Men and the Elephant

The Blind Men and the Elephant

pencil

Eyeballs

Eyeballs

pencil

Acting Speed Reel

Acting Speed Reel

Highlight reel edited by Doug Fee, Astral Video. Music: fair use of 'The Riot's Gone' by Santigold. www.santigold.com

Heading West

Heading West

Acrylic.

For Gammie and Guppy by Ellie and Holly

For Gammie and Guppy by Ellie and Holly

Acrylic and sh-t ton of water. Just seeing if anyone reads this part.

Fish Pond

Fish Pond

Acrylic and oil.

Sudan


Sudan

After crossing by boat from Egypt; Wadi Halfa to Khartoum via phone camera.

Gulu and Atiak


 

Gulu and Atiak

Gulu and Atiak Northern Uganda from 2008 to present.

Sinai

 

Sinai

Exploring the South Sinai region of Egypt. Climbed Egypt's highest mountain, Gebel Katherîna.

Stitch and Space Unicorn

Stitch and Space Unicorn

Original logo design.

wOrth living.

You can reach me directly here. I’m generally off the grid approximately 93.527% of the time so don’t be offended if it takes me time to get back to you.

For NGO-related inquiries: www.calebshope.org

Rep:  LA: Ellis Talent Group | Canada: Red Management

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Holly & Stitch

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