Canadian actress Christina Sicoli on being a woman in comedy

She’s been nominated for Leo Awards, Canadian Comedy Awards (five times!) and is a regular on the film fest circuit. Next up, she adds writer to her resume with her first feature film in pre-production. Christina Sicoli is one funny leading lady to watch. She also happens to be a seriously cool chick with enviable style. Christina stopped by the Garmentory HQ to nab a hot little number for a red carpet appearance recently and sat down with us to talk about being a woman in comedy and her love for Rag & Bone.

YOU’RE AN ACTRESS, COMEDIAN AND WRITER WITH AN INSANELY COOL RESUME. TELL US HOW YOU GO YOUR START. My grandma told me that when she held me in her arms for the first time she said, “Our little clown is coming home”. I think she magically planted the seed. Grandmas are special that way.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE AS A FEMALE COMEDIAN IN THE INDUSTRY? Dyslexia. AND probably being categorized. When you are introduced into the acting world as a comedic actress, of course you’ll get pigeonholed. Comedy is second skin to me, but there are a million and one other sides that I can push, contort and explore. Being able to go from one extreme to the other go hand in hand. At the end of the day it’s about putting on a pair of shoes, creating a character and working on roles that excite, scare, and challenge me. That’s what I’m interested in doing.
I’m beyond the point of feeling like I need to prove myself to anyone. I am who I am, and if someone is to turn a “blind eye” because they don’t think I’m right for a certain role or I don’t posses those human emotions that’s their opinion. Their job is to think outside the box and discover something that may be a little more unexpected or unconventional. I’m not a fan of the word, “No” or waiting around for someone to tell me what I can or can’t audition for. My job is to keep creating opportunities for myself and continue to collaborate with those who inspire me.
The more fun I have, the more at ease I am, and the less I worry about things that are out of my control. This makes me the best that I can be while keeping true to who I am. It feels good knowing that I’m capable of taking creative control over my career. Just like I’m taking control over my shoe collection.

IF YOU COULD WORK WITH ANYONE, DEAD OR ALIVE, WHO WOULD YOU CHOOSE? Bill Murray.

WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON RIGHT NOW? I’m currently starring in Convos With My 2yr Old (Editor’s Note: Click here to watch episodes, they’re too funny!), and the Sci-fi comedy, Paranormal Solutions Inc. Also, my first feature film that I’ve written, Small Cop, is in pre-production.

WHAT ARE THE TOP 3 THINGS ON YOUR SHOPPING WISH LIST RIGHT NOW?
Black Rachel Comey Mars boots, a curling iron and the entire Rag & Bone flagship store.

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