Young actress walks the red carpet
Film: Ten-year-old Anna Quick attends Calgary Film Festival opening gala
By: Tammy Rollie
| Posted: Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 08:53 am
Cameras flashed as a 10-year-old Okotokian walked the red carpet with stars in her eyes during the opening ceremony of the Calgary Film Festival.
Anna Quick couldn’t help but feel butterflies as she was bombarded with photographs and interviews during the Calgary Film Festival’s opening gala in the Calgary Jubilee Auditorium on Sept. 19.
The Westmount School student played a small role in the flick “The Right Kind of Wrong” starring Sara Canning and Catherine O’Hara which premieres on Sept. 29.
“This was my first red carpet and first movie,” said Quick. “I didn’t expect there was going to be so many cameras. It freaked me out.”
Mom Shannon and dad Steve joined Quick who rubbed elbows with famous Canadian actors like Gordon Pincent.
Donned in a pink flower-patterned dress she helped create with a Calgary designer, Quick gave spectators a glimpse of the clothing line she hopes will take off soon.
The young actress, who has been featured in a number of commercials, is the voice of Lalaloopsy on Treehouse and has her own website and IMDb page.
In her most recent commercial, Quick played a referee to Edmonton Oilers’ Jordan Eberle and Calgary Flames’ Mark Giordano for ATB Financial. She was also featured in commercials for Tourism Alberta, Tourism Newfoundland, Prairie Toyota and General Motors.
More recently, Quick joined forces with 11-year-old Calgary actress Angelique Berry to create a pilot for their own television show filmed by a Calgary production company. Quick is keeping her fingers crossed the show will be picked up by a Canadian network, but was unable to give any details on what the show is about.
Being an actress made Quick somewhat of a local celebrity among her peers. When her friends find out about her extracurricular activities their reactions are often dramatic.
“One of my friends, when I told her I was acting she dropped her jaw and acted like she fainted,” she laughed. “My other friends were very interested. Last year in my Grade 4 class one of them said, ‘Can I have your autograph?’”
Quick said the biggest benefits of acting are meeting people and earning money. The tween is saving money for university to pursue her dream of becoming a veterinarian. She also wants to continue adding to her collection of Build-A-Bear Workshop stuffed animals.
Shannon said Anna first showed an interest in acting at the age of five. It wasn’t long before she got an agent and was appearing in commercials.
“It’s always come to her on a regular basis so she’s very lucky,” said Shannon. “I just love it, absolutely love it.”
Shannon is in full support of her daughter’s career and being a stay-at-home mom is the only way she can make it happen. Shannon is often driving Quick to auditions and will sometimes home school her daughter to ensure she keeps up with her studies.
When Quick is at the auditions, Shannon said people are often taken aback by her personality and her ease with adults.
“Everyone is impressed with her behavior on set and her ability to take direction and her kindness,” Shannon said of her daughter. “She has a good work ethic, she knows how to behave at work and how to speak with people. It’s all things she will take later in life.”
Shannon said her daughter began her career with no experience in acting. She then attended an acting camp while they lived in Newfoundland and now has a regular acting coach.
Shannon said she is always proud of her daughter’s achievements and was ecstatic when she was invited to the Calgary Film Festival. She said the opening gala was a memorable experience for the whole family and they’re just as excited to attend the opening of her movie on Sept. 29.