Toronto Profiles Project: Creating a cultural snapshot of artists in TO in 2019.
$1,205 raised
12% of $10k goal
5 contributors
70 Weeks running

The Toronto Profiles Project

In 2019, Natalie is setting out to create a cultural snapshot of Toronto through one-minute video portraits of artists, creators and influencers.  


We're creating one-minute video portraits of artists, creators, and influencers in Toronto in 2019 and we need a little help to get to the finish line. Donate now to be a part of our story.

How it all began:

The Toronto Profiles project was created to highlight the extraordinary and groundbreaking talent emerging from Toronto.

As an Actor, Casting Director and the Producer of the Toronto International Film Festival's 2017 and 2018 Rising Stars Program, Natalie Semotiuk knows how to identify and promote Canadian artists. Over the years she's met many talented Canadian and International artists at pivotal moments in their careers and wished she could do more to help. Out of this experience, the Toronto Profiles Project was born.

These videos will be posted on all forms of social media to get the news out about the motivations and projects behind these extraordinary people.

The Team

The team is made up of sibling duo Natalie and Mark Semotiuk. Natalie is the creative heart and Mark is Natalie's brother and the business guru. 

Natalie Semotiuk - Producer

Natalie has worked in the film & theater world for over 10 years. 

Her experience includes work for Ish Entertainment, a subsidiary of Lionsgate, and the Center Theater Group, the largest theater company in Los Angeles. She has also worked as a Casting Associate for Nicole Hilliard-Forde, CSA, an Associate for the Canada's National Voice Intensive and the Business Affairs and Artist Liaison for Motel Pictures. 

In 2017, Natalie worked as the Production Manager for two short award-winning short films "We Forgot to Break Up" and "Talking Heads" as well as the Casting Director and Acting Coach on the short "Bathroom Rules".

Her personal productions include co-writing and producing "Heartbeat and Other Ways to Say I Love You," which debuted at the 2015 Toronto Fringe Festival. In 2018, she released her first EP, which she co-wrote with the Lost Boys Productions. She is also a member of a sketch comedy group Run V.A.G. (Very Awesome Girls) where she writes and performs original content. She also founded her production company Courageous Heart Productions in 2018.

Natalie has worked with the Toronto International Film Festival's Rising Star Program since 2015 and took over as the Producer in 2017.

Natalie is a graduate of the University of Southern California, the New York Film Academy and has an MFA in Theater from York University.

Mark Semotiuk - Executive Producer

Mark is a Senior Associate in the New York office of Latham & Watkins LLP, one of the world's largest law firms. Through his time in Toronto, Mark has seen the city develop into a first-class incubator of artistic talent and wants to help support it on the world stage.


The budget for production through June is $20,000. This includes the costs of:

  • Production:
    • Equipment, including camera, lighting and sound.
    • Costs of filming, crew, food, locations and transportation.
  • Post-production:
    • Editing, marketing and distribution.
  • Administrative costs:
    • Insurance, legal and accounting.

In addition to our Fundrazr campaign, we are seeking corporate sponsorship to finance our marketing budget.

Donate now to be a part of this incredible journey!

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