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Sally Clelford
President, ACTRA Ottawa

1. Describe your most memorable role.
I have had the pleasure of working on some amazing projects, but one that stands out for me is a television series I did where I played an abused housewife who is eventually drowned by her husband (spoiler alert!). The emotions that were required for this performance were exhausting but rewarding. The director gave me the freedom creatively to find my way to the character which was so supportive. A great experience.

2. What is your dream role?
There are so many roles I would love to play, but to feed the playful side of myself I have ALWAYS wanted to play a truly evil character. I am a huge fan of horror movies so it would be great to play something fun like that. A close second would be an action here of some kind (in the same spirit Lara Croft). To be able to be physical as well as emotional would be a great challenge and a ton of fun.

3. If you had one piece of advice or tip to an actor starting out, what would it be?
I would encourage every actor starting out to remember that the audition room is your friend. Not your foe. Your only job is to go into that room and give the best version of your interpretation of the character as you can. Then leave. And remember that if you have done your best with the character, everything that happens after has nothing to do with you.

4. What is your goal in the acting industry?
My goal is to create a body of work I can be proud of. One of my greatest loves is entertaining people, so to be able to have a body of work that accomplishes that is the greatest achievement. Everything else that comes with being a performer is just icing on the cake!

5. Can you name something surprising that most people do not know about you?
I used to teach SCUBA diving in the Caribbean for several years!

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