VL’s Leslie Sinclair talks with Village Livings own, Cultural Journalist, Joy Tanner. “An Actor Writer Mom Jack of All Trades Master of One”.
By Leslie Sinclair
[/dropcap]er parents may have done everything they could to discourage her from becoming an actor, including making her work in the “real world” for a year after completing her degree, but Joy Tanner has been a professional actor for nearly 25 years. She’s been either a lead or a regular character on shows like Cold Squad, Life with Derek and DeGrassi: The Next Generation. And her recent film appearances include The Phantoms, House at the End of the Street and Neverlake. Quite a list of credits for someone who planned to be a journalist.
But performing was an enduring passion. Joy started acting in plays when she was in kindergarten and when she discovered 19th
century English literature along with theatre at university, it clicked. She headed off to train at the British American Drama Academy where she received diplomas in both the London and Oxford programs, but eventually returned to SUNY Potsdam to complete her B.A., a double major in English and Theatre — graduating a year early, and with honours no less.
“Life takes you on different tangents, “she says, “and if you’re open enough to go with the flow it takes you on some neat adventures.” Joy may have ended up an actor rather than a journalist, but she has found a way to fuse both interests by covering arts and culture for Village Living magazine.
Growing up — Joy was raised in Pittsfield, New York — she says her parents always stressed the importance of knowing where food came from, and kept a large organic garden. Now as an adult, Joy stays grounded by tending a plot, herself. She says of her backyard vegetable garden, “It’s labour intensive, but there’s a real satisfaction to it; you know where it comes from and you’ve put in the energy.”
Joy is currently developing two scripts, one a pilot for television and the other, a thriller for the big screen that she hopes to co-produce with the director of Neverlake.
Check out some of Joy’s article’s and look forward to the October/November Edition of Village Living, T.O.West when she talks with one of Toronto’s most Iconic Media Personalities. ~ Read her work
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