It’s been awhile!

Hi everyone! I posted this on my facebook page but I will post again here in an effort to keep up with the blog.

I hope you've all had an amazing summer! Life for me has been very busy. I now understanding why maternity leave is so important BUT being self employed I didnt get one so the past few months have been all about finding the balance. I'm grateful for my support system, my partner and family for making this work. That being said, I feel like an ass for not responding or writing in a long while. In an effort to maintain the flow, I've set up a twitter account. I'm podemskichick in case anyone would like to follow me.

Other than that I would like to thank you all for your comments. I DO read everything, sometimes more than once.

On the work front: i just wrapped Sarah Polley's new film Take This Waltz starring Michelle Williams, Seth Rogan and Sarah Silverman. I had so much fun and feel so blessed to have had the chance to work with such a talented team! I will keep you posted in regards to release date. I've also signed a book deal with Fifth House for my book Tales Behind the Loincloth. I will also keep you posted on that as we get closer to the release date.

I send each and every one of you beautiful thoughts and good vibes. Regardless of who you are, where you're from or what you do, we are ALL an essential piece of this big puzzle we call life. May your piece be filled with love, laughter and good health.

Peace and Love - see you on Twitter!

The Law of Karma or Cause and Effect

Here is a simple and easy explanation of Karma - I do my best to use this system and I find it works. Let me know how it works for you. Thank you to Deepak Chopra - his teachings and books have helped me change my life for the better!

The Law of Karma or Cause and Effect

Every action generates a force of energy that returns to us in like kind . . . what we sow is what we reap. And when we choose actions that bring happiness and success to others, the fruit of our karma is happiness and success.

I will put the Law of Karma into effect by making a commitment to take the following steps:The Law of Karma or Cause and Effect

1. Today I will witness the choices I make in each moment. And in the mere witnessing of these choices, I will bring them to my conscious awareness. I will know that the best way to prepare for any moment in the future is to be fully conscious in the present.

2. Whenever I make a choice, I will ask myself two questions: “What are the consequences of this choice that I’m making?” and “Will this choice bring fulfillment and happiness to me and also to those who are affected by this choice?”

3. I will then ask my heart for guidance and be guided by its message of comfort or discomfort. If the choice feels comfortable, I will plunge ahead with abandon. If the choice feels uncomfortable, I will pause and see the consequences of my action with my inner vision. This guidance will enable me to make spontaneously correct choices for myself and for all those around me.

Gemini's on Global and Showcase Saturday November 14 at 9pm ET/PT

Please watch the Gemini Awards on Saturday November 14th at 9PM ET/PT on Global or Showcase. Two shows that I produce are nominated! The National Aboriginal Achievement Awards - Best Host in a Variety Show for Adam Beach and Tina Keeper AND Rabbit Fall - Season Two Best Performance by and Actress in a leading role in a continuing drama - Andrea Menard!

Demo Reel

From a Keynote address in 2005

My name is Jennifer Podemski and I am 31 years old. I am an actor, writer, producer and entrepreneur. I am Saulteaux (my mother is from Muscowpetung First Nation) and Israeli, my father is from Israel.

I grew up in Toronto, in a middle class home torn apart by alcoholism. Growing up I had a very weak sense of self, little self-esteem and I felt shame about who I was. To say the least, I had serious identity issues. When I was a child, I remember looking in the mirror and hating what I saw, my slanty eyes, my wide face, my hair, my skin colour. Everything. When I was around my fathers people I felt out of place, when I was around my mothers people I felt out of place, when I was around, I simply felt out of place.

I can’t tell you where those feelings came from, or why I felt them, but I do know now, that I am not the only person who felt those things, who feels those things.

A part of it may have been that I was different and didn’t really fit in, and a part of it may have been passed down to me through genetic memory. My mother, her parents and grandparents, were systematically broken down by federal policy, racism, residential school and disenfranchisement. My father’s father persecuted for being a Jew, lost his family and spent five of his teenage years in concentration camps and the rest of his life disconnected from his religion. I believe that all of these memories are inside me. Some refer to this as multi generational grief or trauma.

Having said all of this, I consider myself one of the lucky ones. At the age of ten, I found the stage. Or should I say, the stage found me. Somehow, and I can’t remember the events leading up to it but I found a great love of performing. At first, it was the permission to be someone else for just a little while, but then it turned into something greater, something profound. I discovered that I could use all of the ugly feelings inside me and turn them into something good. Like Rumplestilskin did with straw, I did with my anger, fear and self hatred, turned it into gold.

I joined dance classes, choir, school plays and community theatre, I was relieved to have found an outlet where I could express my self freely and feel a part of something, like I belonged.

I recently read somewhere that the antidote to Repression is Expression. And that’s when it hit me. Performing saved my life.

That is a huge part, of why I stand before you today. I followed something in my heart, my gut. A feeling that, once I really paid attention to it, guided me to where I am. That is not to say that the circumstances of my life became better; it was when they were the most challenging and difficult that my drive became greater, my dreams became bigger. I did slip and fall along the way, but somehow, I was able to get up and begin again.

In grade 9 I was accepted to a performing arts high school in Toronto as a dance major. That is where I learned that the arts is much more that feeling a part of something and expressing your self, it a discipline. It’s hours upon hours of rehearsal and technique every day, it’s theory and history, it working harder than I had ever worked before. It was almost not fun anymore. By grade 11 I was suspended from school for missing the most classes in out of anyone in the 2,000 student school. Somewhere I stopped caring. I allowed my insecurity to get the best of me, telling me I wasn’t good enough, that I couldn’t compete with the best, that it would never happen for me. I spent so much time looking at everyone else, how easy they had it and how crappy my life was.

Until - one day a casting director came to my school and took pictures of students who were interested in becoming background performers in television and film. I go my picture taken. I don’t know what possessed me, but I did. Only a few short weeks later, I found myself working 18 hour days on the weekends on movies and television series as an extra. I had a renewed sense of life, of purpose. I began studying hard, taking night school and graduating one year early with an A, and I was on my way to becoming a professional actor. I couldn’t believe it.

Now, my life went on, with many ups and downs, I struggled and worked as a small time actor for many years and paid my dues, as they say. I worked so many side jobs to support myself, had a brief two year encounter with university, film school, LA and New York city.

One of the most profound moments in my life, Oprah would call this an AH HA! Moment, came when I was 25 and living in New York City, broke, sleeping on my sisters couch, out of work, and out of sorts. I remember feeling so alone, in such a big city, feeling like my life was a joke. I grabbed a newspaper called Backstage, New York’s actor magazine, I sat down with a coffee and started looking for auditions. I could not have felt lower, when suddenly I turned the page and there was a huge picture of me! As it turned out, a New York critic had seen a small play I had done in Toronto, wrote a smashing review about the play and my performance.

At that moment I realized something very important about life. It is full of signs. Some are blatant in your face kind of signs and some are silent and mysterious, some are a gut feeling or simply instinct. But I believe all of them are given to us as a gift by a divine force.

When I saw that article, something inside me changed. I took a breath and realized that I had to trust myself, go with my gut and take responsibility for everything in my life. That was when I decided to take a break from acting, get a regular minimum wage job in New York and spend some time percolating.

I began thinking about my ancestors. All of them, dating way back in time. The more I thought about it, I realized that I am here, on this earth, because of them, because they survived and persevered and left a legacy for me to continue. I came to understand the great responsibility all of have on this earth. We are all living legacies.
We are here to leave something behind, to continue our culture and languages and keep our communities alive and strong.

Once I started thinking I couldn’t stop. Then it hit me, it was if in one moment everything made sense suddenly.

When I was growing up I watched a lot of television. I was a product of pop culture. But I never ever saw anyone who represented me, or what I looked like on TV, in magazines or on much music. I came to the realization that if a people, a community, are not reflected in media and popular culture they are invisible to the world and when they are invisible to the world, they become extinct. Growing up, I never saw images I could relate to in the media. It made me feel invisible. Alone.

When I came back to Toronto, I had a mission. Somehow I wanted to use the skills and training I had to provide a platform for aboriginal youth to tell their stories of trial and triumph and share it with other kids who have no representation otherwise. I wanted to participate in making sure that a young child, like I was, doesn’t have to feel invisible ever again.

Shortly after that epiphany, I met my producing partner, Laura Milliken and together we created the first aboriginal youth role model television series, we called it The Seventh Generation to honor the legacy that our grandmothers and grandfathers left behind.

In closing I would like to say that:
I am here today because I wanted to share my story with all of you. Mine is only one, I encourage all of you to think about your own stories, share them with your friends and families, and if you are so inclined, write them down and share them with the world. Everyone has a story to tell. Everyone has a divine purpose in this thing we call life. Everyone deserves to be loved and to love themselves and everyone here is a living legacy.

Life is always changing nothing stays the same. The best we can do is live our best life. When the good times are good, let them be good, when they’re bad, let them be bad. But always know that there is no bad without good, there is no light with out dark and life is all about balance.

I encourage you all to follow the voice deep in your heart and watch for the signs. I assure you that in doing so, you will unleash your limited potential in life.

I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes:

If you say you can or you can’t you probably will.

Peace out.

Jennifer Podemski – Producer Resume & Corporate Client List

Jennifer Podemski – Producer Resume & Corporate Client List

Selected Credits

2008/2009 Co-Creator/Producer/Writer Cold Medicine – TV Series
Development – APTN

2008/2009 Producer Sight Unseen – Feature Film
Canadian Film Centre – FFP

2009 Co-Executive Producer The 16th Annual National Creative Director Aboriginal
Achievement Awards

2008 Creator/Producer Extreme Radio Challenge
Careers in Radio (NAAF, Astral Media) Training video (1/2 hr)

2008 Creator/Producer The Granny Chronicles
Careers in Film and Television
(NAAF, Canwest Global) Training video (1/2 hr)

2008 Creator/Producer Sit By My Fire – Song & Music Video VideoFact

2008/2009 Creator/Producer/Writer Honeyland (Comedy Series)
In Development (Showcase Television)

2008 Producer “Grateful” Music Video

2008 Producer/Writer Rabbit Fall (2) Drama Series
(8 episodes)

2008 Co –Executive Producer 15th Annual National Creative Director Aboriginal
Achievement Awards

‘07/’08/’09 Writer/Producer Commercial – Ft. McKay
Group of Companies

2007 Producer Rabbit Fall (1) Drama Series
(6 episodes)

2006 Producer 14th Annual National
Aboriginal Achievement Awards

Oct. 2005 Producer “Meegwetch” Music Video
Tamara Podemski BravoFact

July 2005 Executive Producer/ Creator Moccasin Flats (3)

July 2004 Executive Producer/Creator Moccasin Flats (2)

June 2004 Writer/Director/Producer And Silence Fell – Short Drama

Mar ‘99- June ’04 Co-founder/President Big Soul Productions

2004 Director/Writer/Producer Hollywood Indians

2003 Exec. Producer/Co-Creator Moccasin Flats (1) Drama Series

2003 Co-Executive Producer I’m A Lucky One: Music Video
(Much Music)

2003 Co-Executive Producer Music Is the Medicine: Music Video
(Much Music)

2003 Writer/Director/Camera/Editor Pamieci: Doc. (CBC)

2003 Co-Creator /Producer Future Nation: Short Film

2002 Co-Executive Producer Moccasin Flats: Short Film (APTN, SCN)

2002 Director/Producer The Gift of the Creators Game
Documentary (APTN, SCN)
2002 Executive Producer Laurel: Dramatic Short (30 min)

2001 Co-Creator/Producer Into the Music: Eps. 1 –13
Aboriginal Music Series

1999 – 2003 Producer/Host The Seventh Generation: Ep. 1–39
Hosted Variety Series


Redcloud Studios Inc.

Selected Client List – 2008/2009

P.E.I Screenwriters Boot Camp
Government of Ontario
Astral Media
Nipissing University
Native Canadian Friendship Centre – Toronto
Ve’Ahavta International Humanitarian Organization – Toronto
SAIT – Calgary
NAIT – Edmonton
Let’s Find a Way Foundation
Showcase Television
Vision TV
Global TV
Reel World Festival and Foundation
Walpole Island First Nation
OVN TV – Adam Beach
ImagiNative Film Festival
AVR – Aboriginal Voices Radio
Fort McKay First Nation
Public Theatre - New York City
American Indian Youth Academy – USA
North American Indigenous Games
Native American Image Awards – Albequerque

Jennifer Podemski Biography

Jennifer Podemski, 36, is an award winning, Gemini nominated actor born and raised in Toronto, Canada. With 20 years experience jennifer is Best known for her roles in Bruce McDonald’s acclaimed feature film Dance Me Outside, CBC’s The Rez, and Riverdale. She has appeared in more than 100 television series and feature films but most recently appeared in The award winning Showcase comedy series Moose TV, Degrassi TNG now in her 6th year as counselor sauve and The Robber Bride starring Mary-Louise Parker. Although acting has always been her passion, Jennifer began producing in 1999 when she co-founded the Toronto based film and television production company Big Soul Productions with laura Milliken. Together they created and produced many award winning television and film projects including three seasons of the aboriginal youth role model series The Seventh Generation and the first dramatic series to be created, Produced and written by an all-aboriginal production team, Moccasin Flats which aired on showcase television and aptn for three consecutive seasons and garnered three Gemini nominations including best dramatic television series. In 2004, Jennifer branched out and launched Redcloud Studios, an independent production company that she runs from home. Since inception jennifer, under the umbrella of redcloud studios inc., has produced two seasons of the hit sci-fi drama rabbit fall (Space Tv, aptn, vision) three seasons of the national aboriginal achievement awards (global, aptn, e!) and numerous training programs across Canada and the u.s in an effort to build capacity within the aboriginal community by providing the tools, resources, and mentorship needed to participate in the film, television and new media industries. Despite a busy schedule, Jennifer dedicates a large part of her time to working with children and youth. She tours Canada and the U.S, speaking to Native youth and facilitating workshops in self-awareness, goal setting and self-empowerment. She has Delivered over 1,000 keynote addresses and has been invited to speak at universities around the world to share information on aboriginal participation in the media and bridging the cultural divide. Most Recently, Jennifer is in development of two dramatic television series; Honeyland (showcase television) and cold medicine (aptn); Sight Unseen, a feature film currently in development with the Canadian film centre, and is entering into another year of the national aboriginal achievement awards as co-executive producer and creative director. She is also working with adam beach in an effort to develop new media content for aboriginal communities and strengthen the presence of aboriginal people and stories on the web. REDCLOUD STUDIOS CORPORATE PROFILE Redcloud Studios Inc. is an independent production company committed to telling stories that reflect the fabric of our society while appealing to a mainstream global audience. As a concept to completion company redcloud studios inc. is known for creating high quality content infused with creative and cultural integrity. Redcloud studios inc. is a vehicle for positive change, and currently operates some of the most innovative and interactive training modules targeted at native youth. the message is the medium and Redcloud studios is proud to offer the resources and training that leave a lasting impact. Whether it's drama, documentary, live theatre or new media content, Redcloud Studios is committed to breaking down barriers and paving the way for the future generation of media makers. For more information on redcloud studios and the services we offer, please contact Candace wilde @ 416.530.2727.

Jennifer Podemski(Co-Creater) of Moccasin Flats

Various Artists - SIT BY MY FIRE (N.A.A.F.)