During this time of social distancing and dark theatres, Vancouver Presents continues to check in with our arts community members to find out how they are staying creative and managing during the pandemic.
Today we check in with Vancouver-based actor and dancer Agnes Tong.
1. How are you staying creative during the pandemic?
Acting through Zoom. My eyeballs are melting. Trying to write a play for theatre for young audiences. Dance parties.
2. What’s the one thing getting you through?
My at-home gym.
3. How are you staying in contact with family and friends who are not in your bubble?
FaceTime or phone calls.
4. What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far during the pandemic?
The stillness in stopping is actually where life lives.
5. What do you feel the most grateful for right now?
My health, my family and my husband.
6. What is something you are doing now that you don’t normally?
ZOOM-ing! I never even heard about the platform before the pandemic.
7. What skill have you developed since the pandemic started?
Cooking new recipes, levelling-up my tech skills to stay connected and to create online, getting certified as a breathwork facilitator.
8. What have you missed the most?
Hugs, Theatre, dinner parties, travelling.
9. Your #1 pandemic survival tip.
Take care of yourself so you can take care of others.
10. Your biggest indulgence since the pandemic started.
Sleeping in, however long my body wants to sleep.
11. What have you stockpiled?
Que Pasa corn chips. Costco size.
12. What have you been reading?
Bryan Cranston’s A Life in Parts, Glennon Doyle’s Untamed, Dan Brulé’s Just Breathe.
13. What have you been watching?
Forever, The Godfathers, Dark.
14. What have you been listening to?
Caribou, Rhye, La Force, Asgeir.
15. What are you doing for exercise?
Elliptical, home bodyweight exercises, Orange Theory workouts, yoga, cycling.
16. The one thing you haven’t been able to live without?
Going for a walk every day. Taking in some fresh air.
17. Do-it-yourself haircut or the natural look?
18. Night owl or early riser?
19. Will you be the first out as restrictions are gradually lifted or taking a wait-and-see attitude?
20. What’s the first thing you will do when this is all over?
Meet Agnes Tong
Agnes Tong is a Vancouver-based actor and dancer. Originally from Ottawa, Agnes moved out west to attend Studio 58 theatre school.
Since graduating, Agnes has appeared on stages at the Arts Club, Gateway, The Cultch, Firehall, Chemainus, Caravan, Globe, Waterfront, and all over the Lower Mainland when on tour.
Her production of carried away on the crest of a wave was interrupted due to the global pandemic, and so she got recast in a no-budget short film called Cooped Up that she created as part of the Arts Club Live From Home Series.
Agnes loves cycling, dark chocolate, hammocks, salad rolls, and surprise discounts (when something is actually cheaper when you go to buy it).