Meet the Q Family: Caitie
Producer/Writer. Office sweetheart. Just-plain-awesome.
Favourite expression: Epic.
Favourite children’s: The Balloon Tree
A free day is spent: A big pot of tea, a drama-filled season of something on Netflix and I’m good for the day.
Biggest pet peeve: I order lunch for our Q family lunches on Friday – and if I’m busy and stressed in the morning and someone asks me what’s for lunch, it takes every ounce of self-restraint not to strangle them (sorry friends!)
Favourite story to tell: I’ll tell anyone who will listen about the 3 month trip my boyfriend and I took across Western Europe (it’s a chance for me to relive the experience too).
A dinner party with any three people, dead or alive – who’s at the table? Tina Fey, because she’s awesome, Joss Whedon, because I have so many questions for him, and my mom, because I know she loves both of them as much as I do.
Dream project: Another Joss Whedon girl-who-kicks-serious-ass show. Where I either play the lead, or the producer. Haha I guess that part of my life I haven’t quite figured out yet.
Something quirky about yourself?
I have a bit of OCD – sharing a tiny apartment with my boyfriend, almost everything we own has to live in a permanent place. I literally can not sit on the couch for more than a minute if the bed isn’t made, or the laptop isn’t where it should be. I’m the same at the office – organized, even if it doesn’t look like it.
What did you want to grow up to be?
Actor. Hands down. I think I was the only 4 year old to have a memorized Oscar speech. Which I recited regularly to my army of stuffed animals.
Why aren’t you doing that now?
It’s a path that wasn’t right for me. I loved to pretend, using my imagination and discovering story and character – but I hated auditioning and all the other un-fun networking and kowtowing that comes along with the acting world. And now I still get to play pretend, using my imagination and discovering stories here at Q.
If you could be a character in a movie – who would it be?
This one is tough – there are characters that I would have loved to play as an actor, but most are characters that I definitely would not want to live the life of. Like, I love Jennifer Lawerence in Silver Linings, but I wouldn’t want to be Tiffany in the movie. So probably someone with super powers, but also has a sweet, cushy life. Does that character even exist?
What’s your “Q” connection?
My mum and Dorothy both support Wellspring Cancer Support Centre. When I was feeling a bit a frustrated with my daily routine of heading to auditions and juggling waitressing, barista-ing and retail jobs, my mum suggested Dorothy as a fantastic woman to chat with to think about other career paths. I started here as a volunteer, barely knowing how to use a Mac computer, and now, after 4 years with Dorothy and Richard, I have learned more and had more opportunities in the production industry than I would have had anywhere else.
What do you like most about working at Q?
The people. I am surrounded by smart, funny, creative, intelligent, hard-working and caring people. Who influence and teach me everyday. It truly is a little work family.
Most memorable Q project:
I’d probably have to say Getinvolved! Season Four, only because I got to be a part of the series from start to finish. I researched potential subjects, then pre-interviewed, then came to their hometown and did the on-camera interviews, and back to the editing suite to cut the piece and deliver to deliver to TVO. It was the first project I’ve worked on at Q where I saw something grow from nothing. It was pretty cool.
What makes you happy?
Pretty much everything! Fluffy animals. A good glass/bottle of red wine. Pasta. Futurama. My friends. Christmas. The smell of gasoline. Chocolate. That feeling when you finally sit down after you’ve cleaned your whole home from top to bottom. Sunshine. Patio drinks. The beach. Long weekends. Lazy days on a dock. Road trips. Weddings. Movie previews. Movie popcorn. Long summer days.