If you're reading this, then you're probably interested in what it is that I do, or who it is that I am. I have always considered myself, first and foremost, an artist. Growing up, I identified with sports and athletics, as this was a big thing in my community - but, I was always secretly really into all sorts of nerdy things like how cameras worked, technological innovation, and the mechanics of music. I've had countless influences in my life, but regardless, they've all contributed to the art I create today. Truly, everything is a remix.
Professionally, I wear a number hats. One of my roles is as the Indigenous Liaison Admission Coordinator, at Western University. This job takes me all over Ontario and Quebec, speaking with prospective students about attending post-secondary, and giving them their options should they choose to come to Western. I love this job - it truly feeds my spirit. Not only do I have the opportunity to meet some really interesting youth and adult learners, but I also get the chance to visit a ton of different places that I would not have otherwise had the opportunity to reach. Needless to say, this job is highly conducive to my personality. Without travel, I wouldn't know who I am.
I am also a cultural teacher at the Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB). I have had the opportunity and privilege to work with many Indigenous elders in my life - for which I am forever grateful. Sitting with these individuals has taught me so much about who I am, my passions, purpose, and how to live life in a good way. The life teachings I've received have been so important to my personal growth and development, and I have been given the opportunity to return the favor by teaching the next generation about their identity, gifts, passions, and purpose. These experiences are some of the most rewarding moments in my professional life.
Artistically, I am a musician, a film maker, and a photographer. I started out at a young age in classical music with piano, transitioned into classical and flamenco guitar as a young teenager, and ultimately turning into the hot mess of musical influence you know today as Piyesiwak. As an adolescent, I worked as a professional actor, having had opportunities to work with actors such as Jean-Claude Van Damme, musicians such as Susan Aglukark and Holly McNarland, and have worked on a number of TV shows and made-for-TV-movies. Having grown up working in front of the camera, I've found myself transitioning into doing more work behind the camera - but am always up for an acting gig, for sure!
With all the things that I do, and only 24 hours in a day, it goes without saying that I live a very busy lifestyle. I work full-time (+) and go to school full-time, but I always make room for the things that are important to me; my art. Without it, I would not be living my life.
Check out the portfolio within my site, and please connect with me for any reason. I'm always looking to other artists to bounce ideas off of and collaborate with. If any of my work resonates with you, please don't hesitate to let me know! Looking forward to hearing from you.