Some of you know I am starting to dive deeper into photography, surface design and and surface pattern design, so, until I rework this website to be my new portfolio site, I finally go a Behance profile Check it out https://www.behance.net/CassandraFrechette/
Follow me and keep and eye open, I’ve got some more projects coming up soon, both new content and from the archives.
Also, if you don’t already, connect with my photography social media on Facebook and Instagram . And don’t forget to check out my online store Flowers & Fuck Off, featuring clothes with my original designs supplied by two Canadian POD shops. Flowers & Fuck Off Social Media: Facebook,Instagram, and Tiktok.
It’s been a crazy year of highs and lows, big changes and big reveals for me. A Summary.
Let’s talk film work first:
I had the pleasure of Script Supervising 1 kids show for Disney (hello childhood dream!) and a series of 3 kids movies for Netflix, all of which I hope you love as much I do! Though, I am considering my future and what other creative pursuits I could take in the new year.
Flowers & Fuck Off
I was inspired and encouraged by the amazing Courtney Lyons of That Zap Girl (https://thatzapgirl.com/) to start my own business. The hard question I had to ask was, “What is a business I can run, that I also WANT to run?” Which lead to take a hard look at my interests, my talents and to an extent, my sense of humour. I wanted to leverage my photography while promoting mental health and setting boundaries, but in a way that I could fully get behind and hopefully giggle at. So, Flowers & Fuck Off was born!
I went from having almost no experience making websites to making an online store (again, endless thanks to Courtney for making it all possible) I launched my www.flowersandfuckoff.com, a Print-On-Demand clothing store (that will be expanding it’s content in the new year to include non-clothing items) using my original designs, as well as the Facebook and Instagram pages at the end of November 2021 and even started a community group for creatives to keep each other inspired and accountable. I currently have a variety of clothing options and designs available, from T-shirts and hoodies, to tights, kimonos, lounge pants, dresses, skirts and more! I even signed up for Tikok and have been exploring flexing my creativity on that platform as well to help promote my store.
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Some of you may have seen my blog post earlier this month about starting social media accounts specifically for my Photography. I’ve always enjoyed photography but didn’t believe my stuff was good enough to really do anything with. But then, a friend tagged me on an Instagram post, commenting I was their favourite wildlife photographer, which took me by surprise and I started allowing myself to think about my photos from a different perspective. I took a chance and submitted a photo of a rainbow I took from my balcony to CBC and got featured on Twitter! See it here: https://twitter.com/cbcnewsbc/status/1456424576905269248/photo/1. That encouraged me enough to enter a photo contest on Instagram, where I ended up winning as a random selection! Check out CPAWS BC Photo contest winners here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CWtghHPBZvv/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link. So, I’m finally starting to take myself seriously as a photographer and a creator. I signed up for the Adobe Max Conference and upped my lightroom skills. Which has unlocked a new level of excitement and self-appreciation in myself and my creativity and I decided to launch Cassandra Frechette Photography on Facebook and Instagram and have plans to redesign CassandraFrechette.com to feature my portfolios and make prints available for sale.
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Got to travel a little bit within BC. Sooke was beautiful, and checked out Tulameen for the first time.
Bought my first SUV this year. Steve and I got a Hyundai Tuscon, and I gotta admit, that was probably the most money I have ever spent on a single object and it was hard to part with.
Went to visit Ontario for the first time in 3 years and got to see both my and Steve’s family, as well as reconnect with some really amazing friends in Toronto.
Made some new friends on and off set.
There were a lot of opportunities to learn new things over this past year, so here is a quick summary of some of the things I participated in:
I did an Entrepreneur Bootcamp to learn how to start an online business, including how to make a website and online store.
I took some mini courses I took, one was about building an art based business from Stacey Bloomfield of Gingiber and then later in the year, and Bonnie Christine’s 5 Day Pattern Making Challenge, which was a lot of fun.
I was lucky enough to be able to participate in the Adobe Max Conference online. I was able to up some of my Lightroom skills and got really excited about my Photography again.
Signed up for Linked in Learning and took courses in Diversity, Inclusion and belonging, SEO, Social Media Marketing and FileMaker Pro.
Learned how to Kayak with Intro to Sea Kayaking at Jericho Beach Kayak centre.
Also, learned how to Stand Up Paddle Board at Deep Cove.
Which brings me to now.
Looking forward to 2022:
My Word of the Year is Balance. It’s time for me to come to terms with myself, my life and all the opposing forces pulling me in all directions and find my balance. I always feel like I’m falling off the tightrope one way or another, so it’s time to find ways to stay on the line and keep myself stable.
Hopes and Intentions:
-Continue to build and expand Flowers & Fuck off (More designs and products to come and as well as an Etsy storefront and, possibly a 2nd more family version of my brand called Flowers and Flock Off.)
I’ve been working almost all year on this and it finally happened, I opened an online store!
This all started as an inside joke. I take a lot of pictures of flowers, but I don’t consider myself a “flowery” person. So, when faced with how do I market/brand myself as a creator and present myself a to the world this short phrase flew off my tongue and it was like lightening had struck. I mix my photography and graphic design skills with a bit of my dark humour and profanity and have it delivered to you on comfy clothes.
I launched November 29, 2021 with my Classic Collection which features images of Flowers and Crows, and includes 11 T shirt designs, 5 original patterns in even more colours! I have so many more designs ready to release and plan to slowly roll them out as I continue to build and grow!
Single Graphic T Shirts Featuring Crows and Flowers!
Tights, dresses, skirts, scarves and more in 5 patterns and even more colours!
Now that I have launched I am building my social media, so please join me and help get the word out! If you wanna keep in the know about new products and patterns coming out don’t forget to sign up for my mailing list on www.flowersandfuckoff.com/ and if you like flower photography and wellness memes don’t forget to Like and Follow @FlowersAndFuckOff on IG and Flowers and F#ck Off on Facebook!
I’m super excited this chapter in my life and hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
After taking a week to rest, recover and process it’s finally time to truly hang up my Zone Badge and Mask and let my last show seep out of my mind. Time refocus on the present and future. It was a crazy, intense, hilarious show and I still find myself laughing as I think back to all the weird, fun things we got to do over the season. I really can’t wait to see the episodes when they finally air. Hope you all find it as hilarious as I did.
I got to meet and work with so many amazing, talented and hilarious individuals, too many too list here, over this past year and I already miss seeing the top halves of all your wonderful faces every day. I look forward to working with you all again, hopefully sooner than later.
For now, started looking for the next project and taking advantage of the downtime to rest, heal and do some art. Looking to be back on set Late April/Early May and will be available for some Dailies/Second Units in the meantime, so please reach out if you find yourself in need of a Script Supervisor in the upcoming months.
2019 was an amazing year for me, but 2020 is starting even stronger! I already booked a new series and am super stoked to work with a new cast and crew on some really fun content. I probably won’t get the chance to post much in the coming months, but check back for availability and other updates.
One year ago today, after 6 days of driving across the country and a few days visiting my family in the middle, my boyfriend Steve and I arrived in Vancouver and took got the keys our new apartment in East Van. With no furniture, minimal clothes, a cat, a Sister Local Membership for IATSE 891 but no guarantees for work for me, we set about setting up our new place, exploring the city and beginning the search for work.
The new year started with a bang and Steve and I entered the new year with a certain amount of hope and hard to suppress optimism. We took advantage of our free time, exploring the city and nearby hiking areas. Both of us were thrilled to fine nearly endless hike options within 45 minutes of our new home, though we quickly learned that the scale of trail difficulty levels varies greatly between Ontario and BC. That was a bit humbling. It was also a bit shocking at first to see such a contrast of the bright green old growth trees and the pure white snow. Now, I find it novel. I will probably be just as obnoxious with my photos of Cherry Blossoms this year while the rest of the country is still in deep freeze. (Sorry, not sorry.)
Our first month began the search for work. Trying to find a way to make myself known, making myself known and getting dailies with the union were my main goals and I really didn’t know where to start after reaching out to the union. I kept my phone ready and my eye on the Facebook groups. Steve and I had an unofficial bet on who would get work first.. I didn’t expect to get my 1st daily call from the union before the end of January, only days before Steve was fielding offers from various companies. I was understandably thrilled. Driving to set that 1st morning (afternoon) and hearing Google Maps directions telling me “Continue Straight towards Hope,” I couldn’t help but laugh thinking how much that matched my mood at that moment. It still makes me smile every time I’m driving east. From there I got a few more dailies before being welcomed by the Local Script Supervisors as a Full Member of IATSE 891. I was overwhelmed with gratitude for everyone who reached out and welcomed me into the fold, the member who took me to coffee, gave me the low down and so, so many opportunities over the year. This year I got to work on a Pilot, daily on shows I loved the content for, am so excited for, I got to learn from so many different people and work with some of the most welcoming, fun and respectful crews I have ever seen. I got the chance to interview for several series and to my surprise and glee, hired on to work as the Script Supervisor on a series. It was an amazing experience all around and I couldn’t have asked to be part of a better team for this huge step in my career. I can’t wait to have the opportunity to work with the entire cast and crew again at some point.
The year wasn’t all work or sitting by the phone, glaring at it as if it mocked me when it didn’t ring with work. Steve and I got to explore a little taste of so many places. With so much to see we haven’t had a chance for a repeat hike or vacation yet, as much as we’d love to see more. From our small taste of the island and sunshine coast, to our sampling of various music festivals, the local culture, Steve and I both agree we’ve never felt more like we’re exactly where we should be. There are things from Ontario I miss, people, places, things (shwarma is a seriously untapped market in Vancouver) but it’s been my most successful year by far and I’ve never been more excited about what the future holds!
So, goodbye to 2019. I got to end the decade with the best year of my life so far. And, Cheers to 2020 and entering the new decade riding this tide of optimism and good fortune with gratitude and pride.