40 Questions with Eryn

Date posted: June 11, 2018

Over the summer we’ve asked our staff to participate in 40 Questions – a questionnaire we ask the actors of each production to fill in. We thought you would like to get to know the different people who work here.

This time it’s Eryn Yaromy, our Box Office Supervisor.

Where were you born?
  North York, but we lived in Belleville at the time.
What did / do your parents do?
  Mom is an RCA and dad works for Canada Post.
  My sister Kelcie is 2.5 years younger than me and my very best friend and soulmate.
Where do you live now?
  I live on the beautiful unceded lands of the Lekwungen-speaking peoples, also known as Victoria.
Do you speak a second language? What?
  French, and a teeny bit of Spanish… a couple years ago I started teaching myself Italian, but didn’t get far enough to be able to say I can speak it…
Favourite colour?
Favourite book?
  I Am the Messenger, by Markus Zusak. The Book Thief, by the same author, is also up there… he has a unique way of using the English language that blows me away. I’m also weirdly into the Hunger Games books… and Harry Potter, of course!
Favourite movie?
  I’m not big into movies, but I have a few I’ll never get tired of watching – To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar is a childhood classic. Moulin Rouge makes me cry every time. Obvious Child is sweet and silly and raw and real. 10000 BC is a hilariously entertaining action movie with a great message about fighting for the greater good.
Favourite piece of clothing?
  Leggings in the winter time, high-waisted shorts in the summer!
Favourite Quote?
  “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return” – the last line of the song Nature Boy, originally sung by Nat King Cole, then even more hauntingly covered by David Bowie.
Favourite food?
  PIZZA. I could eat pizza morning, noon, and night. Hot, cold, thin crust, stuffed crust, gluten-free, gluten-full, greasy, less greasy… I LOVE IT ALL.
Favourite dish to make?
  I make a mean buffalo chicken casserole.
Favourite word?
  Sonder – the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own. I also love a good curse word.
Favourite piece of music?
  An easier question to answer would be my least favourite piece of music! (Bedouin Soundclash – When the Night… am I the only one who thinks the harmonies in this song are horrendously discordant?!)
In general I’ll listen to and love pretty much anything. I’ve recently discovered Lord Huron, which I can not stop listening to! They’re very moody, ethereal, kind of folksy rockabilly. They sound like horseback riding through the misty mountains. Very that. I’m obsessed.
Favourite character (real or fictional)?
  I think Jessica Jones is badass. She is so messed up but so strong and flawed and real and awesome.
Dream car?
  When I was younger I used to want a yellow Mustang convertible. Now I’m 31 and don’t have my license and have no intention of getting one.
Current car?
  My two strong legs.
What do you do after a show?
  Cash out and go home.
What do you do in your downtime?
  When the sun is out I try to spend as much time as possible laying out – feeling the sun on my skin makes me immeasurably happy.
Otherwise I like to exercise – walking, yoga, dancing, hula hooping… I also make time for as much travel as I can.
First paid acting gig?
  I’ve never been paid to act!
First acting gig?
  In high school I played Binnie in John Lazarus’ Not So Dumb, which we performed for the school, at the Island’s Drama Fest, and ThunderFest in Vancouver! I had been a dancer for many years before that and had lots of stage experience, but this was my first foray into theatre – shout out to Kelly Barnum, my high school drama teacher who took a chance on me for that play!
Your most terrifying backstage incident?
  Luckily I don’t have a specific example, but the moments before going onstage are always pretty terrifying… then I get onstage and love it!
Your most terrifying onstage incident?
  Again, I’m super lucky to have never had anything too bad happen, other than some hair ornaments falling off during dance shows…
How many miles do you log a year?
  I don’t have a definitive number but I try to go on a trip at least once a year… this year I’m heading to Costa Rica, which is just over 4600 miles from Vancouver!
Strangest job you’ve ever had?
  I worked for one day on a sheep farm before realizing that sheep are freaking crazy and dangerous and I had no business working with them.
Best advice someone has given you?
  Before my first big trip (7 months in Europe!), my friend Jordan told me “don’t be too careful,” which is the opposite of most advice I get before traveling. I thought it was so perfect for me in particular, because I tend to be a rather cautious person… I got Jordan’s advice tattooed on my wrist to remind myself to never be so careful that I miss out on an amazing experience.
Best meal ever?
  I love a turkey dinner!
Best show you’ve seen?
  Anything by Hannah Moscovitch blows me away every time. The Children’s Republic was an absolutely incredible piece of theatre, and beautifully executed by everyone involved – I felt like I was watching everything unfold in real life, rather than watching a play. My sister and I wept openly on the walk home afterward. Hannah is by far my favourite playwright.
Best concert you’ve attended?
  Lady Gaga puts on an amazing show. A Coldplay concert has an inexplicable energy to it. Elton John was just as good as you would imagine. Bruno Mars is Michael Jackson incarnate. Bob Seger can still rock. The Black Keys will melt your face off.
… all this to say, I can’t pick one.
Most inspiring person you know?
  My paternal grandfather inspires the hell out of me. He is a high school dropout who suffered an abusive childhood, worked his way up the ladder at Sears over decades and never laid a hand on anyone. He is stoic, hardworking, terminally cranky with exceptionally high expectations. He’s worked hard for everything he has and continues to take care of my ailing grandmother (they’ve been married about 60 years). I see a lot of him in myself, and I’m extremely proud of that.
Pet Peeve(s)?
  The list is far too long to even try to get into.
Five people (real or fictional / dead or alive) that you would invite to a dinner party? Why?
  Freddie Mercury, RuPaul Charles, Chelsea Handler, because I admire and respect them all for different reasons.
My maternal grandfather, who died before I was born, and who was, by all accounts, the kindest, most generous and loving man who has ever walked this Earth. I feel his absence constantly.
And my sister, because I know she’d want to party with them all too (and she makes every gathering better by being there).
What are you most proud of?
  I am proud of who I am and what I’ve accomplished. I’m proud of all the goals I’ve achieved, all the amazing things I’ve seen and done. I’m proud I have had the wherewithal to acknowledge and address my anxiety, and that I’ve never let it get in the way of doing the things I want to do. I am proud that I know exactly who I am, flaws and shortcomings and all, and that I own everything I am and everything I do.
I am proud that I’m a lot of things society doesn’t want a young woman to be. I am proud that I am proud of that.
I’m proud that my parents raised me this way.
The quality you most like in a man?
  Emotional intelligence, awareness of other people’s issues, wanting to do better and be better
The quality you most like in a woman?
  Strength, disobedience and general badassery
Your greatest fear?
  Snakes. I won’t even get into it because just thinking about them sends shivers up my spine. UGH there it goes…
When do you lie?
  When I am keeping someone’s secret… or when the truth is not mine to tell.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
  Finally visiting a place I have dreamed about since I was a kid pointing at places on my giant cartoony book of world maps and saying “I’m going there one day.”