Actress Sloane Wilson Talks to About Insider
In this exclusive interview, we get a closer look at Sloane Wilson, a vibrant triple threat who has been making waves in the entertainment industry. An LA Web Fest award winner and silver medalist at The World Dance Championships for Team Canada are only two of the many titles she holds. She has taken on lead roles in Hollywood films, commercials, and has performed on massive stages, including the YouTube Theater in LA. Throughout our conversation, Sloane shares her creative upbringing, current accomplishments, and future plans in film and television. Join us as we delve into the life of this multi-talented artist.
HI, WELCOME TO ABOUT INSIDER! THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME TO CHAT WITH US! CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF, WHO IS SLOANE WILSON IN YOUR OWN WORDS?
I am someone who is passionate, motivated, and determined to succeed. I constantly look for ways I can improve and always try to live life to the fullest. When not doing something related to the arts, you can find me travelling or trying out a new restaurant. “Feel the fear and do it anyways” is a phrase that best describes me.
YOUR JOURNEY IN THE PERFORMING ARTS WORLD HAS BEEN TRULY REMARKABLE, STARTING WITH DANCE AND THEN EXPANDING INTO ACTING. CAN YOU SHARE THE KEY MOMENTS OR EXPERIENCES THAT INSPIRED YOU TO PURSUE A CAREER IN BOTH FIELDS?
The first moment that made me realize I wanted to be in the arts was when I was three years old watching a Broadway performance of The Lion King. I cried almost the entire time because I just wanted to be up there on stage. I started taking dance classes after that, eventually becoming fully committed to competitive dance. As I began transitioning into acting, my love for the performing arts continued to grow. However, it wasn’t until much later when I was doing a summer intensive at The Shaw Festival that I realized why I had such a passion for it. While at the festival, I watched and studied plays that were not just entertaining, but also made me think about the world in different ways. These plays sparked discussion and truly had an impact on its audiences. I remember thinking, “Wow. This is why I love acting and this is why I need to keep pursuing it.”
YOUR DANCE CAREER LED YOU TO REPRESENT TEAM CANADA AT THE WORLD TAP DANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS IN GERMANY, WHERE YOU ACHIEVED A SILVER MEDAL. WHAT WAS THAT EXPERIENCE LIKE, AND HOW DID IT SHAPE YOUR ARTISTIC PATH?
Being on Team Canada for tap dancing was both very challenging and rewarding. Our rehearsals were extremely long and tiring, especially as we got closer to the competition. I remember all of us wearing our team jackets and excitedly going on the plane to Germany. When we arrived, we barely had any down time as our coach wanted to go over all of our routines. Performing on that stage was truly exhilarating, and I’ll never forget how happy we were to find out we placed second, winning the silver medal. We stood on the podium and sang our national anthem as the Canadian flag was lifted in front of us. This experience really motivated me as an artist and gave me more confidence as a dancer.
YOUR ACADEMIC PURSUITS AT QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY AND THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DRAMATIC ARTS HAVE BEEN A SIGNIFICANT PART OF YOUR JOURNEY. CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE IMPACT OF YOUR EDUCATION ON YOUR CAREER AND THE ROLES YOU’VE TAKEN ON AS AN ACTOR AND DANCER?
Studying at both of these schools really helped me grow as a performer. I learned from so many great teachers and was able to be involved in so many amazing productions.
While at Queen’s, I was a member of the Pom Team – which is essentially a mix of dance and cheerleading. We performed at all of the football games and competed against other schools. I also performed in various shows, such as Bring It On: The Musical and the Vogue Charity Fashion Show.
At The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, I worked on many fun roles that were all very different. Notable plays I performed in include Men On Boats, Play On!, The Age of Innocence, Much Ado About Nothing, and for the school’s professional company: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (as an actor, dancer, and choreographer).
YOU’VE BEEN INVOLVED IN A VARIETY OF PROFESSIONAL PROJECTS, INCLUDING A COMMERCIAL FOR NFL THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL AND ROLES IN FILMS LIKE “UP NORTH” AND “BORDERLINE.” WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME OF THE MOST REWARDING ASPECTS OF YOUR ACTING CAREER SO FAR?
Getting to work with such talented people, being on exciting sets, and immersing myself in different scenes have been some of the most rewarding aspects of what I do. I am so incredibly thankful for all of the projects I’ve been involved in so far and for everyone I’ve met along the way. It is such an incredible feeling finishing a scene or stage performance knowing I gave it my all and was completely in the moment.
IN ADDITION TO YOUR PERFORMING ARTS CAREER, YOU CO-FOUNDED THE YOUTUBE CHANNEL “FIT FOR A FEAST” TO PROMOTE HEALTHY LIVING AMONG YOUTH. WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO START THIS CHANNEL, AND WHAT KIND OF IMPACT HAS IT HAD ON ITS AUDIENCE?
My friend Katrina and I started “Fit For A Feast” after learning about the increase of health issues experienced by youth. We both loved to dance and cared about living a healthy lifestyle, so we wanted to share what we knew to help other people our age too. We made cooking videos, dance videos, played games, and interviewed inspirational guests. The channel has reached audiences all over the world and the videos have been used to teach classes in the United States. We have even received fan mail thanking us for everything we’ve taught them.
WITH YOUR DIVERSE TALENTS IN DANCE, ACTING, AND FITNESS, WHAT ARE YOUR CURRENT AND FUTURE GOALS IN THE WORLD OF PERFORMING ARTS AND HEALTH AND FITNESS PROMOTION?
One of my main goals right now is to get an agent and manager. I’ve fortunately been able to book a lot on my own so far, but it would be great to start forming a team I can work with so that I can audition for even bigger projects. In terms of health and fitness, I would love to work on another commercial for a fitness product. Earlier this year, I did a campaign for a rowing machine, which was such a great experience.
WHAT’S SOMETHING WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT YOU THAT MIGHT SURPRISE US?
I know how to play the drums! During the beginning of the pandemic, my dad gave me his drum set and I taught myself how to play a few songs. I’m still very much a beginner, but I absolutely love it.
ANY UPCOMING PROJECTS/ROLES YOU CAN TALK ABOUT?
Right now I’m acting in two different short films that are shooting this month. “Let Them Eat Cake” by Vanessa von Schwarz is a dark comedy about a group of girls at a birthday brunch. “Closing Day” by Alex Holgate is a satirical horror about Toronto real estate. This film is premiering December 18th at a movie theatre in Toronto and is intended to eventually become a feature length film.
Both of these projects have been so much fun to work on and deal with completely different themes. I also love how I get to play two characters that are completely different to who I am in real life.
WHAT IS ONE MESSAGE THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO GIVE TO YOUR FANS?
Thank you to everyone who has supported me from the start and continues to do so. I will never forget all of the people who believe in me and who I’ve met throughout my journey so far. I appreciate all of you so much!