International Women’s Day Spotlight: Three Artists Pushing Us Forward in 2019

Happy International Women’s Day from D’Alessio Law Group! As a women lead law firm we’re proud to advocate for and support the incredible efforts made by female artists, tech leaders, entrepreneurs, and professionals from around the world.

We also know that we wouldn’t be here without our incredible clients, and are proud to support their active efforts in pushing us forward in their respective industries across 2019 and beyond. To celebrate International Women’s Day 2019, we asked three DLG clients about their career-defining moments, exciting upcoming projects, and their insight in navigating the visa process.

Tennille Read

Tennille Read is a Canadian actress known for her leading and supporting roles throughout a number of esteemed film and television productions including the Canadian Screen Award nominated series for the CBC Workin Moms, acclaimed comedic drama I Lost My Mind and award-winning drama The Meaning of Life. Ms. Read is additionally a go-to talent for commercial productions for such household names as Virgin Atlantic, Brita, and Questrade, to name a few.

What has been the highlight of your career, if you had to choose one project/moment?

The highlight of my career so far has been working with fiercely talented women in and behind the scenes. Acting in shows like Workin’ Moms, Schitt’s Creek and Bajillionaires is proof how writers, directors and producers are hitting it out of the ballpark when it comes to creating interesting female characters.

If you could provide one tip to others interested in pursuing a visa in the U.S., what would it be?

One tip I’d suggest to someone pursuing a visa in the US would be to take baby steps toward getting everything together. It’s a lot of work – gathering materials, organizing, reaching out, being thorough – but if you set aside a couple of hours a day to work on it, it all gets done sooner than you think. 

Kathryn Robson

Kathryn Robson is a Canadian editor who is most known for her work throughout various productions for Marvel and Disney Entertainment, including editing the documentaries Marvel’s Captain America: 75 Heroic Years and Marvel 75 Years: From Pulp to Pop.  Both documentaries went on to achieve national acclaim, being distributed on ABC, as well as earning widespread critical praise from many publications and websites.  Ms. Robson also was a lead editor for a slew of productions for the distinguished production company Haven Entertainment including the acclaimed film Shagri-La Suite and All Summers End, which went on to earn a nomination for the Panavision Spirit Award at the celebrated Santa Barbara International Film Festival. 

What has been the highlight of your career, if you had to choose
one project/moment

The highlight of my career so far is probably the project I’m currently working on “Circus of Books”; an intimate portrait of Karen & Barry Mason- a straight, conservative couple- and their journey to become one of the biggest distributors of hardcore gay porn in the United States. Their story unfolds through the lens of their daughter, filmmaker and artist, Rachel Mason. We just announced we’ll be premiering the project at the Tribeca Film Festival at the end of April. It’s been a tremendous amount of work on a shoe-string budget with a small core team, but an absolute labour of love and I’m so proud of the film.

What projects are you currently working on or have scheduled in the U.S.?

In addition to “Circus of Books”, I just completed a short documentary for the Tribeca Institute and 23 & Me, directed by Camilla Hall. I have several other upcoming documentary projects (that I’m not allowed to talk about unfortunately). I’m just really thrilled to be part of the incredibly rich collection of filmmakers that make up the documentary world in the US.

 If you could provide one tip to others interested in pursuing a
visa in the U.S., what would it be?

I think my one tip would be to plan ahead and be really strategic about the path you carve out for yourself. There are so many pieces you need to have in place in order to qualify for a visa and it often depends on many years of work experience, so if you know you want to work in the US, work backwards from that goal. Find out what you need to qualify and start taking those professional and educational steps. It can feel like a mountain when you start the process, but every small step takes you closer to the goal and it’s completely worth it if it’s what you truly want.

Irina Vartia

Irina Vartia is a Finnish actress known for her leading role throughout five seasons of the highly acclaimed series Secret Lives.  For her role as Monica Mustavaar she earned a nomination for the coveted Best TV Stars Award by the QX Network, while earning the leading role in spin-off series The Naughty Aunts of Pihlajakatu, which also earned consistently high ratings and critical acclaim.  She has additionally been praised for her roles throughout the Tampere Film Festival screened Life on Ice, comedy series Pirjo, as well as commercial marketing videos for a number of reputable brands and companies including Rolls Royce.

What has been the highlight of your career, if you had to choose
one project/moment
?

Highlight of my career was when I heard I could play one of the lead characters in my country’s most popular tv-series. After that so many things have happened and now I’m blessed to be a working actor, pursuing an international career.

What projects are you currently working on or have scheduled in the U.S.?

I’m planning to work for both television and film. I cannot reveal the projects, as everything is just starting, but hopefully you’ll all watch them on the screen some day!

If you could provide one tip to others interested in pursuing a
visa in the U.S., what would it be?

Seek for advice from someone you can trust, be aware, look for accurate information and be smart! You need some patience too, but it’ll be worthwhile!

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