ELLE (Canada) - - Career -

In 2008, Inessa Frantowski, 36, won a Gemini Award for her work on the Show­case com­edy se­ries Cock’d Gunns. The next day, she went back to her wait­ress­ing shift at the Keg in Toronto. Since mov­ing to L.A. three years ago, Frantowski has starred in com­mer­cials and worked on the Amber Rose Slut Walk. “There’s more Web stuff, like Funny or Die or Col­lege Hu­mor; sur­viv­ing here is eas­ier be­cause there’s a lot of stuff to fill in the gaps,” she says. “Toronto was a great place to bust my chops, and I would still love to work in Canada, but if you’re a big dreamer, it seems like the po­ten­tial to have your dreams re­al­ized here is greater.” Frantowski had 10 years of ex­pe­ri­ence as a per­former be­fore mov­ing to L.A. “You re­ally start over with your con­nec­tions, cast­ing di­rec­tors, peo­ple who shoot videos for you—even just peo­ple who think you’re funny. But you get to go through the fun process of peo­ple dis­cov­er­ing you all over again.”

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