800 Auditions and 10 thousand hours of practice

2016 saw the the Ontario Film industry earn 1.7 billion dollars.
There are plenty of jobs for actors, but it’s a fiercely competitive field. In an interview with Moviemaker magazine, Mark Ruffalo claims to have made 800 auditions in his lifetime before making it big.  In the book Outliers, author Malcolm Gladwell says that it takes roughly ten thousand hours of practice to achieve mastery in a field. You can be a part of this incredible business but you have to be prepared to work hard and stick with it. We are here to help.
- Juno and Shaun
 

WE WANT TO SHARE OUR SUCCESS WITH YOU

 Hamilton Film Centre's award winning Creative Directors Juno Rinaldi (Star of CBC's Workin' Moms, How to Buy a Baby,De Grassi, Supernatural, The Killing) and Shaun Smyth (Arrow, The Killing , Fringe, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Witches of East End) have over 200 film credits, 100 plays and 40 years experience shared between them. Now they want to pass on their knowledge and experience to you.

 

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JUNO RINALDI

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Workin’ Moms breakout star Juno Rinaldi overflows with off-kilter energy as the most unpredictable of the moms - in one episode she falls out of a tree dressed like a princess.
— Toronto Life

Juno is an award winning playwright and actor and currently stars as "Frankie" on the new hit CBC show, Workin' Moms.

The oldest of three children born to a composer/writer father and an early childhood educator mother. Juno grew up on Saltspring Island, the largest of the Gulf Islands in BC.

Juno began performing at the age of six in National Film Board films and in local school productions. Neighbours with the Canadian film maker Anne Wheeler, Juno had the chance to audition for a part in one of her films, The War Between Us while she was still in grade 12. After booking the lead and spending two months on location in New Denver, BC, Juno knew this is what she wanted to do. She enrolled in the prestigious Theatre Training program Studio 58 in Vancouver and graduated with honours.

Juno has appeared in such TV productions as How To Buy A Baby (web series), Elbow Grease (web series), Degrassi: The Next Generation, The Killing (Starring Mirelle Enos and Joel Kinnaman), Arrow, Supernatural, Fringe, Robson Arms, These Arms of Mine and Psych. 

And in films such as, Girl Underground (starring Henry Thomas) Life (starring Dane DehanRobert Pattinson and Ben Kingsley)Jennifer’s Body (starring Amanda Seyfried, Chris Pratt and Megan Fox), The Tooth Fairy (starring Dwayne Johnston, Steven Merchant and Julie Andrews), The Linda McCartney Story, Mr. Rice's Secret (starring David Bowie) and Brotherhood of Murder.

Juno has collaborated as a writer and actor on many theatre productions throughout Canada and is co-founder of the award winning, darkly comedic comedy troupe, Theatre Melee

Juno begins shooting Season Two of Workin' Moms this summer in Toronto.

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SHAUN SMYTH

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Early in my career, Shaun and I starred in the hit Canadian series Pit Pony, it was one of my first acting roles and I would watch Shaun constantly on set. As an actor I have always admired his natural gifts and his well-crafted technique. He is a true professional and an extraordinary talent. His work on the show was outstanding and he played his leading role with a huge amount of complexity and a beautiful mix of strength and vulnerability. Shaun was a very significant influence, he helped me focus before each scene we were in together and gave me a lot of confidence that I have carried with me in my career.
— ELLEN PAGE - Juno, X-Men, Inception

Shaun is an award winning actor of Film, TV and Theatre. Born in Scotland, Shaun came to Canada as a child. He has performed at nearly every major Theatre from coast to coast and in the US, and has appeared in numerous television series and films. He currently portrays Theo Fluery in Playing With Fire, a one man show performed entirely on skates, that has garnered over 20 Awards and nominations across the country. 

On screen Shaun starred in two J.J Abrams, Bad Robot production's; FRINGE and Almost Human. He played Alice's Father, Edwin in ABC's Once Upon A Time In Wonderland. Shaun had acted with leading actors in the field.

Selected film and television credits include featured and regular roles in Fringe, The Killing, Almost Human, Arrow, Witches of East End, Murdoch Mysteries, Supernatural, Jane Doe, Blue Murder, Snakes & Ladders, The Unauthorized Full House Story, Mutant X, Three to Tango, Relic Hunter, and 44 episodes of Pit Pony, the story of the coal miners of the East coast. 

Onstage Shaun has performed leading roles at the Stratford Theatre Festival, Canadian Stage, Crow’s Theatre, Buddies In Bad Times, Young People’s Theatre, Necessary Angel, Centaur Theatre, Grande Theatre-London, Belfry, Vancouver Playhouse, The Cultch, Citadel Theatre, Alberta Theatre Projects, Theatre Calgary, One Yellow Rabbit, Globe Theatre, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Neptune Theatre.

Shaun is the recipient of Best Actor, Betty Mitchell Award, and Calgary Critics Award. Two time winner of the Stratford Festival Tyrone Guthrie Award, He has his BFA from the University of Alberta. Shaun has also studied acting with Uta Hagen, Joseph Chaikin, Simon McBirney.

Shaun is opening the Centaur Theatre season in Montreal and performing in Theatre Aquarius upcoming production of The Invisible Hand