Walking the red carpet at your first film premiere is a career milestone for any actor. But imagine how special that moment becomes when the film premieres at a major international festival—and you have the starring role! That’s what happened to 2013 Acting for Film and Television grad Michelle McLeod, who took time out of her busy schedule to tell us about her new film, ongoing projects, and how Humber prepared her for her professional acting career.
Currently, we are experiencing the theatrical release of Don’t Talk to Irene. Don’t Talk to Irene was my first leading role in a feature film, and it just premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. I’m extremely proud to be a part of this film. It’s a feel-good movie with a lot of heart, wit and an important message. I’m so excited it’s doing well and I can’t wait to see where this opportunity takes me.
Since graduating from Humber, I have primarily created my own work to sustain my passion for acting. I graduated from Second City’s conservatory program, and I perform there at times in graduate shows in addition to producing a student show at the training center called Random Tandem. I have also filmed a lot of commercials since graduating and more recently, in addition to Irene, I filmed a small role in the upcoming film, Angry Angel. I also produce my own sketch comedy and perform regularly around Toronto in the comedy community.
Humber Acting for Film and Television provides a great toolkit to those who are passionate about acting. It prepares you for the professional film world and gives you the tools needed to further your acting training to then apply to your career.
To see what else Michelle is working on, follow her on Facebook @MichelleMcLeodActor, on Twitter @_michellemcleod, or on Instagram @_michellemcleod. In addition to Don’t Talk to Irene, you can see Michelle’s work in the webseries Turning Intern and in commercials like this one.
Photo Credit: Sam Gaetz
Watch this video to see Michelle in the Don't Talk to Irene trailer