Actors who took training and/or coaching with Mr. Davidson under Great West Canadian Talent who also started their careers with this agency but are not currently represented by Great West (they may have moved, retired or otherwise)
PATRICK GILMORE – Actra (IMDB-link)
Vancouver actor, Patrick Gilmore, son of former Oilers hockey player Tom Gilmore, took his first film acting course with Mr. Davidson while studying drama at college. After that course, a lengthy starter courses which at 52 hours was the equivalent of more than 2.5 of the current courses or courses offered by another purported film acting school in Edmonton, as well as some lengthy private coaching for his first lead role audition that he came close on, he took some time off to finish his college training then got back into film acting and auditioning and after a guest lead on the Edmonton series The Mentors and a main role on the Edmonton based film 100 Days in The Jungle, moved out to Vancouver and now has some 75 film and TV Credits including recurring roles on Intelligence, Gracepoint, Battlestar Galactica, and roles on many other projects.
MEGAN HEFFERN – Actra (IMDB-link)
Raised in Beaumont, Megan Heffern started her acting training with Mr. Davidson at the age of 15. After completing six of the old 12 course program taught by him, (the equivalent in course hours of 12 of the current adult courses), well over a dozen free coaching sessions for projects in Toronto and Vancouver taped from Edmonton, and coming very close with a Vancouver callback for a lead recurring role on the Vancouver series Edgemont, moved to Vancouver and then Toronto. Her credits now include recurring roles on Blue Mountain State, Aaron Stone, Almost Heroes, Lovebites, Backpackers, and movies like Beta House and plenty of other credits, a total of some 44 film and TV credits.
JANET PINNICK – Actra (IMDB-link)
Former Edmonton actress Janet Pinnick took 6 levels of training plus some private coaching while living in Edmonton. While here she secured speaking roles on Disney’s Honey I Shrunk The Kids TV series in Calgary and also on the Mythquest TV series in Calgary, and had a number of taped auditions for projects in Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver. Since first moving to Vancouver and then Toronto Ms. Pinnick has appeared on a number of shows, including Davinci’s Inquest, Beauty and The Beast, Fringe, Saving Hope, and the Feature Film, Spotlight.
CARMEN LAVIGNE – Actra (IMDB-link)
Beaumont born Carmen Lavigne, now a Vancouver actress, started in the adult training with Mr. Davidson at the age of 15 and also took six levels of training here in the same classes as Megan Heffern. Since moving to Vancouver she has appeared in speaking roles in Man of Steel, Arctic Air, Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, (recurring role), Motive, and Arrow and now has 26 speaking role credits in film and television.
JEREMY RAYMOND – Actra (IMDB-link)
Jeremy is currently living in Vancouver. While taking a total of six courses from Mr. Davidson, he had after five of them an opportunity to audition for a supporting role on the Calgary filmed The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie, a made for television movie. After coming in for private coaching, he won the role and went on to be nominated for it for best supporting actor at the Canadian Gemini awards, (now part of the Canadian Screen Awards). Acting in scenes with Gena Rowlands and Kevin Seigers, the television movie was aired on both American and Canadian networks, and was also nominated for an Emmy for best Move made for television. He also had a principle role in the Calgary film A Problem with Fear while being represented by GWCT. After moving to Vancouver he has worked on Star Trek Into Darkness, Psych, and a number of other productions.
KEVAN KASE – Actra (IMDB-link)
Kevan took 6 of the older longer courses plus private coaching with Great West. He was coached to assist him in gaining his first Actra role on the series The Mentors here in Edmonton. He also was taped by the agency for a number of roles for projects in Vancouver, and was one of the five actors from this agency that trained here who received an in person callback for a recurring role on the Vancouver series Edgemont, (the only five actors in Alberta who had callbacks for different roles on that series). Having moved to Vancouver and then Toronto, he has appeared on Battlestar Gallactica, Smallville, Life As We Know It, and more recently DeGrassi, Gangland Undercover, Heroes Reborn and Taken and now has some 22 film and television credits. He is also currently appearing in a national insurance commercial.
DARREN LUCAS – Actra
Darren took six of the courses here at Great West and was one of its early clients. During his time represented by this agency he filled a very long small typed resume with a variety of jobs, including commercials, industrial or training videos, and in speaking roles on the CTV movie Out of Nowhere shot in Calgary, the CBS movie Oklahoma City: A Survivors Story shot in Calgary, on the U.S. television movie Family Blessings shot in Regina playing actress Linda Carter son, and in a principal role on the X-Files. Actually the X-files role was Mr. Davidson’s first over the phone coaching experience. He later went on to speaking roles on the TV movie The Arrangement, the CTV movie The Sheldon Kennedy Story, the feature films Double Frame, TV movie Anthrax, the Mentors TV series, the Dreamkeeper television movie, the Calgary U.S.A Network movie Word of Honour, the Calgary shot TV movie Undercover Christmas, and the Feature Film Whitecoats shot in Edmonton. Mr. Lucas appears to have retired from acting shortly after that.
BROOKLYNN PROULX – Actra (IMDB-link)
Brooklynn is another client who after first receiving coaching relayed through a parent, then from free and a few times extensive private coaching with Mr. Davidsons. When one of Brooklynn’s parents first emailed Bill about representing her at the age of four, he originally declined. At the time he did not take on talent younger than a mature 5. They lived in Brooks Alberta so training and coaching was not a very viable option with the almost 5 hour drive to Edmonton. Then he saw a Calgary audition notice requiring a four year girl for a speaking role as the daughter of Michael Jackson on a television movie depicting a certain part of Michael Jackson’s history. On a hunch he contacted the parent and said okay he would try it out. He carefully instructed the parent on the necessary audition protocols and how to coach the daughter for the scene she had to learn for the audition. After the audition, the casting director in Calgary took a break from her session to call Bill and say that kid was freaking amazing. She of course got the role. Shortly after a role came up for a four year old on Brokeback Mountain filmed in the Calgary area. Again the same process was followed with coaching the parent to coach the child and she won the role and acted in scenes with Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams. Next up was a shot at a lead child role on the Calgary movie Six Figures. For this Bill got the parents to drive up to Edmonton for coaching over a two day period. Brooklynn got the role. Prior to the filming of this there was a bit of a glitch with a mistake the parent made with the preparation for a role on another Calgary movie so again they came back up to Edmonton for further coaching. Then came a shot at the lead role for Mimsy shooting in Vancouver so another trip up to Edmonton for coaching and taping over two days. Roles on the A & E Network movie Touch The Top of The World, on the series The Newtones, and on the Lifetime movie Don’t Cry Now all in Calgary followed. Then came a 20-day role on The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford in scenes with Brad Pitt filming in Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg playing the daughter of Jesse James. Next up a role with a scene with actress Holly Hunter in the pilot for the series Saving Grace filmed in Calgary. Then a supporting role on the Calgary Lifetime movie The Lost Holiday. At this point the parents, one of whom was an American citizen, decided to move to Los Angeles. What followed was a few years of high profile success for Brooklynn. She appeared in a role in Fireflies in The Garden shot in Austin Texas in scenes with actor Ryan Reynolds. Then a role as the daughter of the lead characters played by Paul Walker and Piper Perabo in The Lazarus Project. Then a supporting role in The Time Traveler’s Wife in scenes with Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams. She followed that with a role in Valentine’s Day which had a star studded cast including Shirley McLain, Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Alba, Ashton Kutchner, Taylor Lautner, and Anne Hathaway. Unfortunately after that as Brooklynn started to grow and change and without further training or coaching things fell off. A role in the disappointing Piranha 3D followed, and then a return to Alberta and a small role in the Calgary television movie Dear Santa. While this was an absolutely one of a kind phenomenal success story for a child actor coming out of Alberta, it is also in the end a cautionary tale to parents of the need to upgrade and keep up acting training and coaching as children grow, and what can happen if you don’t pay attention to that.
JUSTINE BANSZKY – Actra Apprentice (IMDB-link)
While taking her first film acting course as a 15 year old, had an unusual opportunity to audition for one of the two main leads on the Canadian Feature Film 45 RPM shot in Regina. A difficult role of a young girl trying to look and act like a boy to avoid the predation of a step-father, with coaching for the role via a taped audition she got a callback final audition and the role. She had a quite large line load and 19 days of filming scheduled on set. Further coaching by Mr. Davidson in preparation for the movie followed, and she was nominated for a best Actress award at the Alberta Motion Pictures Industry Association (AMPIA) for her performance in that film.
ALLEN BELCOURT – Actra (IMDB-link)
Allen started with Great West in one of the older 40 plus hour level 1 courses as well as did some extensive private coaching. While with Great West he had roles won with coaching on Hank Williams First Nation, (shot in Northern Alberta), and Little House on The Prairie shot in Calgary. He went through a marathon multi-day coaching for a lead role on the Calgary mini-series Into The West, which had to be done in both English and Lakota Sioux which he had to learn with a translator. He made it to the callbacks round in Calgary with the director and although he never got the role he did get cast in a smaller role on that mini-series. He went on later after Great West and he parted company, to a recurring role on Mixed Blessings, (making him one of three actors in recurring roles on that one series who were primarily trained here). Then a recurring role on the series Rabbit Fall and 4 episode recurring role on the Edmonton series Blackstone and a speaking role on the Edmonton Feature Film It’s Not My Fault And I Don’t Care Anyway.
MARK KRYSKO – Actra (IMDB-link)
Mark also took 6 of the older 40 plus hours of training in addition to private coaching and started his career in Edmonton in a speaking role on the Comedy Feature Whitecoats, then the CBS movie The 12 Days of Christmas Eve, on the docudrama Catching The Chameleon, as one of the Gretzky brothers on Waking Walter for CTV, then a role on the Feature Decoys 2. After moving to Vancouver to pursue acting and further training, he appeared in a few episodes of the series The L Word. Since moving to Calgary he has appeared in five or so short films, in a principal role on the movie Mutant World, in a couple of episodes of Hell on Wheels, as a stand-in on The Revenant feature film, as a Voyager on the mini-series Lewis and Clark and in a role on an episode of Heartland. He has also moved into producing and acting in his own partnered projects most recently on the Actra short Guns of Purgatory.
CODY BIRD – Actra (IMDB-link)
Cody received his training for film acting entirely through free and sometimes extensive private coaching for auditions and then by gaining on-set experience. His first ever audition starting out as a shy newcomer to acting was for a role on The Twilight Films. His very next audition landed him a role on the pilot for the award winning series Blackstone. That turned into a recurring role for season 1 until near the end of the season when his character was killed in a car accident. His next role was a very large supporting one with multiple shoot days that he landed from a taped audition here on the Feature Film Rhymes For Young Ghouls shot in Montreal. It was a very well received film when it aired at the Toronto International Film Festival and was voted Top Ten at the festival. After that he gained a multiple day role on the major mini-series Klondike shot near Calgary again through a taped audition done by Great West.
JULIAN DOMINGUES – Actra/UBCP (IMDB-link)
Julian is currently living in Vancouver, took six courses in acting with Bill, and worked with Mr. Davidson as his coach for almost all of his auditions while represented by Great West. These include a small role on Edmonton series Mixed Blessings, a supporting role on the film Angel Falls, (Calgary) for which he got to travel to its premier at the Robert De Niro founded Tribeca Film Festival in New York, not to mention acting in a movie with academy award nominated actress Elizabeth Montgomery, (now of Downtown Abbey fame), and academy award winning actress Mira Sorvino. His next role was a multiple day role on the Anne Wheeler film Knockout, (Vancouver), a supporting role on the Feature The Odds, (Vancouver) for which he got to attend the premier at the Toronto International Film Festival, and a principal role on the Feature Film/web series Truckstop Bloodsuckers, (Edmonton). While represented by Great West he had auditions for projects out of Winnipeg, (including the lead in a feature and a recurring role on the series Less Than Kind), Calgary, Toronto, numerous Vancouver projects, and was given high praise by a New York Casting Director and shortlisted for a lead on an American Feature Film in a North America wide search for the role. All of the above credits and auditions were obtained through this agency. He is currently looking for roles in Vancouver and working on writing and filming his own short films, and while not represented by this agency Bill remains in touch with Julian to offer career or training advice. Mr. Domingues is also working on writing and producing his own short films.
REAMONN JOSHEE – Actra (IMDB-link)
Reamonn took 6 of the older 40+ hour courses at Great West, a brush up class some years later, and until the last few years was a regular audition coaching client. He has worked quite a bit in both Edmonton and Calgary. Speaking roles include an actor role on the CTV movie Dangerous Acquaintances in Calgary, a recurring principal role on the pilot The Clinic for Animal Planet shot in Calgary, an actor role on the Don Johnson starring Cable Feature Word of Honor shot in Calgary, an actor role on the Michael Jackson biopic ABC movie Man in The Mirror shot in Calgary, a principal role on the Lifetime movie Identity Theft shot in Calgary, a multiple day supporting lead role on the Feature Film Decoys 2- Rebirth shot in Edmonton, and actor role on the docudrama The Force-Edmonton, a principal role on the NBC horror anthology Fear Itself filmed in Edmonton, an actor role on the Edmonton Feature 40 Below and Falling, and a supporting lead role in the Comedy Feature It’s Not My Fault And I Don’t Care Anyway shot in Edmonton. He has also moved into writing and acting in his own projects, having shot and acted in two shorts, and most recently wrote and acted in his first Actra approved project Guns of Purgatory shot in Calgary.
HOLLY TURNER – Actra (IMDB-link)
Holly originally started out as a young actress at the Neighborhood Playhouse acting school in New York, and actually acted on Broadway with Henry Fonda playing his character’s daughter. After a lengthy hiatus from acting to pursue another career and a family and move to Edmonton, Holly got back into professional theatre acting in Edmonton in her retirement. She took the option of private coaching and a text work and audition course at Great West and through this agency went on to speaking roles on Blackstone, (a role that appeared in two different seasons), a role on the Lifetime Movie The 19th Wife in Calgary, a principal role on the American feature film shot in Edmonton, Cut Bank, in scenes with John Malkovich, and a supporting role in the Edmonton filmed Feature Film Forbidden Playground all under representation by Great West Canadian Talent.
SEVINN JOSHEE – Actra Apprentice (IMDB-link)
Eight year old Sevinn started with instructions through her mom, some coaching and then her first film acting course. While represented by Great West she appeared in speaking roles on three Actra productions, first in a role on the series Tiny Plastic Men, then a role on the Feature Film 40 Below and Falling, and then another role on a different season of Tiny Plastic Men.
JANICE RYAN – Actra (IMDB-link)
Janice received most of her film training through private coaching with Bill to make a transition from voice and theatre acting. While taking the coaching she appeared in a Principal role on the pilot for the series Mixed Blessings, on the television series The Mentors in an Actor role, in an Actor role on the Feature Whitecoats, in a Principal role on the CTV movie Selling Innocence, in an Actor role on the Lifetime movie For The Love of a Child, in a Principal role on the Feature Fubar 2, in a Large Principal role on the Feature I Think I Do, in and actor role on the Feature The Right Kind of Wrong, (Calgary), In a Principal role on the Feature 40 Below and Falling, and in roles on two short films The Last Bastard and Tall Tales.