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I am an apprentice… Kim Selody

Kim Selody

As promised, issue #2 in our series on mentorship. This time:

INTERVIEW WITH KIM SELODY

FM:What is your experience with/opinions on mentorship?
KS: The Canada Council is not mandated to support the training of Artists. [Personally] I mentored under Larry Lillo, as his Assistant while directing The Miser.

FM:What are the direct benefits of mentoring that you feel cannot be developed via other means?
KS: For me, the greatest opportunity mentoring offers is the change to watch someone else make the mistakes.

FM: Are there limitations to mentorship?
KS: Often, mentoring means watching not doing. At some point, the artist needs the opportunity to make their own mistakes.

FM: Why are mentorships not more readily available?
KS: When companies are under resourced, mentoring is often the first thing to go. . . Opportunities vary greatly from province to province

FM: Do you have any suggestions on how to instigate change in current apprenticeship availabilities?
KS: We are discussing what role [the Canada Council] can play in encouraging senior artists to mentor younger artists. Many of the programs focused on youth are for youth engagement and employment, without funds for the mentors.

FM: Advice to those seeking an apprenticeship?
KS: Get to where the action is. Either by an official apprenticeship or mentorship, or by working there in another context.

KIM SELODY is a Program Officer in the theatre section at the Canada Council for the Arts. He has worked across Canada, and internationally as an actor, director, educator, artistic director and writer.

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Multi-award winning Ruby Slippers Theatre produces provocative text-based theatre from the vanguard of the English and French Canadian canon. We are the only company in Vancouver mandated to producing the contemporary Quebecois canon in English, and have been doing so since 1990. Our work illuminates diverse perspectives and social issues, inspiring independent critical thought, communion, and diversity.

 

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