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Interview with Cassandra Ebner

 Cassandra Ebner has worked incredibly hard to get where she is today. Raised in West Kelowna, Cassandra dreamed of being in her favorite movies and because of her parent’s teachings, she knew as long as she worked hard – she could do it. With guidance from established Film and TV actors and Stunt industry professionals, Cassandra trained and transitioned to working on screen as an Actress and Stuntwoman. Not long after, Cassandra received an award for Action Performer of the Year at Action on Film Festival for her performance in Croft which has over 5 million views on YouTube. She received a UBCP nomination for her performance on Arrow. Cassandra has received a SAG nomination for War of the Planet of the Apes and a SAG Award for her work as a Child Of the Forest on Game Of Thrones. She’s received an Honorary award at Artemis Film Festival for her body of work and as a Performer to look out for. Cassandra has also received an award for Best Comedy Actress at the HollyWeb Film Festival for her performance in Life XP. Cassandra’s latest project, that she wrote, produced and starred in is an independent web series called Life XP (2019). It has received the Best Actress in a Comedy Award, Best Screenplay Award, Best Cinematography Award, and the Grand Remi Award.

1. For the people who might not know you, could you introduce yourself?

Hi! My name is Cassandra Ebner – I am an Award-winning Actress, Stunt Performer, writer and filmmaker who likes adventure, tea, and video games.

2. What sparked your interest in pursuing a career in the entertainment industry and how did you get started?

I was 4 years old when I was watching a superhero show and told my parents that’s what I was going to be one day. They told me that those superheroes were actually actors and
that set my path of where I am today. Now how I got started is a complete mesh of how I grew up… So lets do the fast version of how I got started: doing plays, editing, writing skits, became a YouTuber, played rugby, did taekwondo, got recruited into a movie in high school, more youtube, learned film fighting, more acting classes, gymnastics training, acting in short films, boxing and A LOT of volunteering on projects and sets… All before my first paid day on set. That is my very short superhero origin story.

3. You have created, written and starred in your new web series Life XP. What can you tell us about your character and how does it feel to create & star in this show?

My character Angela is an awkward naive 20 year old who enjoys living her world through books when she is forced to another world she knows nothing about. I was really excited to bring to life a character that was not your average hero – one who lacks confidence and has no idea what she is doing. To be the creator and the actor was a balance of hats – I just had to switch them from time to time which kept my mind busy and I really really like that.

4. Who would you love working with on a project and why?

There are too many to count! I admire so many different people for various reasons. I would have to say one of the people that popped in my head first was Angelina Jolie – she has been one of my heroes since I was little, her performances and commitment to being
herself is so inspiring. Fun fact, the reason my character’s name is Angela is that it’s
my tribute to Angelina Jolie, haha. Hopefully, if she read this she doesn’t think that’s
creepy.

5. You have appeared in some of the most groundbreaking and viewed TV Series including Game of Thrones and Supernatural. Can you tell us about some of those experiences?

Both shows were actually some of my favorite shows to watch and I couldn’t believe when I got the call to be on them. It was SURREAL. Working on Supernatural was
as wonderful as you would think. And it felt super full circle since I told my family I
was going to act on Supernatural one day (when I was like 15) and “CUT TO:” not long later – me getting to act on Supernatural. I probably have a story for almost every show I’ve worked on because I am either a fan of the show or had an awesomely awkward moment with an actor that I admire. In saying that I am going to bypass my awkward moment with John Snow and tell you about my Game of Thrones fan moment I remember as a Child of the Forest. PICTURE THIS: the moon is out, the night is damp, feeling colder with the sight of the fake snow on the ground. Standing a yard away is an army of the dead, white walkers and the night king. “We’re rolling” and in that moment I realized I was on Mother freakin’ Game Of Thrones, I got shivers down my spine and all I could do was cry at how freaking cool everything was… I mean that’s what I meant to do– for the scene.

6. What do you hope to achieve through your art?

Whatever project I am part of, I hope that it entertains people and brings the story to life. But sometimes there is an intention/goal stuck in my head with particular projects. For example, with Life XP my goal is to make people laugh all the while feeling part of something much like a family. I want people to feel like there is a place for them in this crazy world – that they aren’t alone.

7. What has been your biggest accomplishment so far?

One of the hardest things I have ever done was creating and bringing Life XP to … Life.
This is obviously very subjective as the amount of love and work I have put into this
project is something I am so so so proud of. I think the comfort zones I have had to face
and how much I have learned about others and myself is something I find personally
rewarding. It’s changed who I am in so many good ways.

8. Which artists influenced you, and how did they influence your thinking and career path?

Jackie Chan, Angelina Jolie, Jim Carrey, Brendan Fraser, Dwayne Johnson, Felicia Day,
and Walt Disney, to name a few. Their willingness to be who they are while bringing
their art and business forward for all of us to enjoy was something I always looked up to.
I got to be swept away in another world thanks to these people and they always found a way to do it.

9. What is the best vs. the worst thing about the entertainment industry?

Best thing – getting to see your work getting enjoyed by the people you made it for. Hearing the laughs or hearing someone was touched by the work is so COOL that we can
connect to people around the world through storytelling. One of the hardest things (for
me) is when people don’t consider my friends or me as actors because we also do stunts,
it can feel as if it diminishes the hard work you’ve put into it. But I enjoy proving people wrong so the worst ain’t so bad, haha.

10. What is one piece of advice you would give to your younger self?

Remember just because people say things, that doesn’t mean they will do them, but you can still be the person to do the things you say. And DON’T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF! AND hearts. All the hearts.

11. How do you deal with the stress of the entertainment industry?

I drink A LOT of tea, work out and try to fit in video games in order to try and keep a
balance in my life. It doesn’t always work BUT THAT’S WHAT THERAPY IS FOR!

12. What is one philosophy that you live by?

If you aren’t happy – there is a way to find change. Also adventures – adventures are the bomb.

13. Do you have any advice for people who want to get started in the industry?

Love the pieces in-between the highs. This whole thing is a journey and your destination
will always grow and change. Love what you’re doing and the road ahead but also embrace the hardship and the lows. Some of the most beautiful moments come out of the lows.

14. What plans do you have in mind for the future?

Looking into doing a Season 2 of Life XP, while continually creating my other concepts,
being part of projects and enjoying the time I have on this earth with the people I love!

15. What are some causes that are dear to your heart and hope to bring awareness to in the future?

Mental health, Changing the narrative around people with mental illnesses, Helping support education in foreign countries, Anything to do with kids I’m in. Let’s support the future of the world and Spreading love to people who need it.

Thank you so much to Cassandra for the lovely interview. You can find more about her and her work on:

Her Official Site

Instagram

Twitter

IMDb

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