40 Questions with Aren Okemaysim

Date posted: January 24, 2018

Aren Okemaysim from Forget About Tomorrow tackles 40 Questions. And he has some very good answers – we especially like the Strangest Job and Greatest Achievement answers.

Where were you born?
  Saskatoon, SK
What did / do your parents do?
  Administration/Banking. Lots of volunteering
Siblings?
  2 older brothers, 1 younger sisters. Several half-siblings
Where do you live now?
  Regina, SK
Do you speak a second language? What?
  Slowly learning Plains Cree.
Favourite colour?
  Red
Favourite book?
  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
Favourite movie?
  Forrest Gump
Favourite piece of clothing?
  Blue ball cap
Favourite Quote?
  “They don’t think it be like it is, but it do” – Oscar Gamble
Favourite food?
  Pepperoni pizza
Favourite dish to make?
  Tuna pasta
Favourite word?
  Wallop
Favourite piece of music?
  Bibo no aozora – Ryuichi Sakamoto
Favourite character (real or fictional)?
  Randall P McMurphy – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Dream car?
  1969 Chevrolet Camaro. Matte-black.
Current car?
  2006 Nissan Sentra 1.8L Special Edition
What do you do after a show?
  Video games, eat, socialize, or go to bed. Depends on the night.
What do you do in your downtime?
  Video games, reddit, walk around unfamiliar places and explore. I try to read/write every now and then.
First paid acting gig?
  “In Care” by Kenneth T Williams (Gordon Tootoosis Nikāniwin Theatre, 2016)
First acting gig?
  Forgot the title of it. A one-act play sometime in the middle of high school. My very first time reciting a line of dialogue in front of an audience, I badly butchered.
Your most terrifying backstage incident?
  As an Assistant Stage Manager for a university production, I forgot an important preset that involved a working kitchen sink onstage. Needless to say, an actor saved us from an overflowing sink at the top of the show. (ALWAYS DOUBLE CHECK YOUR PRESETS)
Your most terrifying onstage incident?
  18th century hairpiece fell off my head for the whole audience to see. I saw it. My scene partners saw it. I feebly walk over, pick it up and put it in my pocket. Carried on with the show! (I was totally dying on the inside)
How many miles do you log a year?
  Not sure! I hope a lot.
Strangest job you’ve ever had?
  Mascot for the Saskatoon Blades WHL hockey team. Also, the smelliest.
If I wasn’t an actor (designer / director / playwright) I would be?
  Try to open my own business. Food, coffee, drinks, entertainment. I like the planning, hosting, organizing of events or gatherings. Perhaps get into Marketing or Management.
Best advice someone has given you?
  Vulnerability is a strength, not a weakness.
Best meal ever?
  Anything with a big juicy freshly hunted med-rare bison steak.
Best show you’ve seen?
  “The Last Wife” – by Kate Hennig. (Globe Theatre, 2017)
Best concert you’ve attended?
  Iron Maiden – Somewhere Back In Time Tour (2004 or 05 I think?) in Regina, SK
Most inspiring person you know?
  Very tough question! Instead I can say that I’m inspired by people, in general. There’s just so many interesting and lovely people out there. Hard to narrow down to one.
Pet Peeve(s)?
  Sound of ripping paper
Five people (real or fictional / dead or alive) that you would invite to a dinner party? Why?
  1) William Shakespeare.
2) Pablo Picasso.
3) Albert Einstein.
4) Elvis Presley.
5) Oprah Winfrey.

The most interesting conversations would take place! Could you imagine the electricity?

Celebrity Crush?
  Amy Adams
What are you most proud of?
  I don’t want to brag or anything, but I definitely got 20/20 on the hardest spelling test of the year in grade 2.
The quality you most like in a man?
  Tall, dark, and handsome. Like a stout beer. I like beer. What was the question again?
The quality you most like in a woman?
  Grace
Your greatest fear?
  Not loving where love should exist.
When do you lie?
  Definitely not on questionnaires…
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
  Finding balance in all aspects of life.