THE ROAD TO MUCH:
Since the ripe ole age of 12, Amanda has been working as a professional actor and dabbled in sketch and stand-up comedy, with numerous TV appearances and a gold medal win at the 2000 Improv Games in Quebec as a member of the "8 People" troupe.
An honours graduate from John Abbott College, Creative Arts program (in Ste. Anne de Bellevue), she has always maintained an avid interest in TV production and music, and at 16 co-produced a documentary on the swing revival.
In between gigs, open mike nights where she was gutsy enough to try stand-up, creating video comedies with her friends and learning to play the fiddle, she held a part time job as a waitress in Hudson., Quebec. Here she was "discovered" by a MuchMusic producer who encouraged her to complete an audition tape - which she wrote produced and directed.
The life of a MuchMusic VJ means being able to adjust to living on the road, and Amanda couldn't’t be more prepared. Her two-month European backpacking adventure - Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Venice, Florence, Nice, Monaco, Barcelona, and Paris - has definitely put her in gear for the Much lifestyle - bad accommodations, bad restaurants, infrequent bathing...
THE JOYS OF BACKPACKING:
In Amanda’s own word’s, “The simplicity of living everyday for the moment with nothing but a pack on your back and adventure in your heart.”
Worked as an actor at the Canada Customs College. (Seriously). Participated in border-crossing simulations to train officials. AW: "The best comedy experience, EVER."
Worked at a crepe kiosk at the 2000 World's Fair in Hanover, Germany. AW: "Serving Germans with no understanding whatsoever of the German language = funtimes."
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee.
Libra (The Scales). AW: "It's all about balance and choices - and going with your heart."