Lisa Rose Snow – writer/ director/ actress: Killjoys/ Little Dog/ Frontier
When did you realize you wanted to work in television?
I’ve wanted to be in the arts since I was a little girl. I went to theatre school and worked professionally in the theatre for a few years before I transitioned full time into film and television. What I am really interested in is storytelling, and I feel television is the place that I am currently drawn to do just that.
What advice do you have for college students who are looking to pursue the television industry?
Follow your heart! This industry, and life, in general, can be tough and it helps to move forward with authenticity. If you do your best and practice courage and resiliency you’ll find yourself where you want to be. Also, make sure to chase inspiration. Watch shows, read books, step outside your comfort zone and let it all inform your art.
What is something you wish someone told you about the industry?
The more you love yourself, the more you’ll love your job. This is an industry of ego, rejection, and insecurity. The more work you can do for yourself the better you will be able to navigate the ups and downs. This is also an industry full of inspiration, hope, and fun! Being in a place where you can receive the good helps.
What was your first job in the industry? What did you learn from it?
My first job was as a background actor on a mini-series about Trudeau. I was in high school and the idea of being on set was the coolest thing ever (honestly I still think it is). I arrived at 11 am and wasn’t used until 11:25 pm, and was wrapped within five minutes. I guess it was the first time I learned that filmmaking is a lot of ‘hurry up and wait’. It’s a good reminder when I am between jobs and feeling those anxiety bubbles that the downtime is as much of a part of the job as the go time.
What is your writing process like?
My writing process is ever-shifting, but I always try to come at it from a place of alignment. I put on my salt lamp, I diffuse essential oils, I try to chill the hell out so I can write from a place of truth. I write in a way that I would describe as “word vomit”, get it all out on the page with as little judgment as possible and then go back and edit edit edit. I try not to be precious, I kill a lot of darlings. Then I share it with people I trust and try to listen to notes with as little ego as possible, though I def find this challenging!
What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned while working on Little Dog?
I loved my time with the Little Dog team and the collaboration that comes writing in a room. Little Dog was my first produced television credit, and I was honored to co-write with Cory Bowles. It was very valuable to experience the journey of the story from our original draft to the aired episode. I loved what director Michelle Latimer did with it.
What shows made you fall in love with television? What shows are you currently loving?
As a kid, I LOVED Sailor Moon, The Secret World of Alex Mack, and Ghostwriter (I used to wear a pen around my neck all the time and always had my diary with me in case any ghosts wanted to get in touch). I fell back in love with television when The Sopranos came out and my love continues. I currently am very into The End of the F***ing World, The Handmaid’s Tale, and am just about to start Killing Eve which everyone has recommended. If all else fails, I love basically every cooking show out there and am very much looking forward to the next season of The Great Canadian Baking Show.