The Gift of the Olympics

Quote: “When I watch the Olympics I become such an emotional wreck. I’ve always loved the Olympics, be it the Summer or the Winter Olympics.” –Bryn Terfel
Song: Olympic Fanfare and Theme by John Williams
Location: Los Angeles, CA

Michael Phelps

It’s 6pm on Saturday night as I write this. I’m on my couch, already showered and in my pajamas. I have to be up at 4am tomorrow but can’t sleep. For two reasons. First, I’m sick. Super sick. Like, I think my throat is about to explode. I have forgotten how to breathe out of my nose because I can’t, and it hurts to breathe through my mouth, so basically it hurts to live. Second reason, Michael Phelps final race is about to happen, and I wouldn’t miss watching that for anything.

Living in the United States is interesting. Growing up in Canada, I saw very different ways of how citizens react to what their country does. Canada is pretty passive. The United States is not. They complain on Facebook and Twitter, every single day of their lives, about something. It’s thoroughly annoying. If I see one more giant post about Trump or Clinton, I am seriously going to debate deleting Facebook. Now you wonder, sounds like all you’re doing is complaining. No no no. I just want to highlight what the Olympics does for our society.

The Olympics have been going on for approximately one week and television/social media has been saved for a short time period. I want the world to realize how well the Olympics brings us altogether. All of a sudden every country is positive, peaceful, loves other countries and just want to be patriotic to not only their country, but to the world. I love the Olympics. I love everything they stand for.

Michael PhelpsAs a Canadian, the Winter Olympics are more exciting to me. They’re more exciting for our country, simply because we have more participants and know we have an actual shot at absolutely everything. Plus, they have ice hockey. BUT…even as a Canadian, I have so many childhood memories that come from the Summer Olympics. I remember going into my Uncle’s pool with my cousins, all of us pretending to be Michael Phelps. That was the Summer Olympics of 2004 and 2008. I would have been around age 9 and 13. Almost 10 years later, I am watching Michael Phelps again, with my goggles in hand, bursting to use a pool. It’s not just for kids and it’s not just for adults. The Olympics are for everyone, and how they inspire people, never goes away.

I’m an actor, fully trained. I could never be an Olympic athlete. But even in my early twenties, I’m still considering what sports I could start right now that would give me a shot at going to the Olympics. Archery? There’s no age limit on that one. As a kid, I wondered and wanted to know what it would be like to stand on that podium and hear your national anthem play as the flag of your country raises. I still wonder that as an adult, and always will. The Olympics fill me with such hope, happiness and curiosity, it’s amazing. It’s a shame they only happen every two years, because I think the Olympics brings a fresh wave of positivity to the world, every single time.

Greek ChampionTo make it even more exciting, we are watching history be made right in front of our eyes. In 100 years, these will be the records in text books. These Summer Olympics have already broken a huge amount of records. From Figi winning their first medal, to the numerous records Canadian and American athletes have broken or created. My personal favorite though, truly is, Michael Phelps breaking the record from 152 B.C. That’s a 2168 year old record from Greek athlete Leonidas of Rhodes, who until Phelps, held the record for the Olympic athlete who had won the most Gold medals. Phelps passed this record with his Gold win on Thursday, August 11 for the 200 metre individual medley. CRAZY!! THAT OLD OF A RECORD!! It was made during the B.C. era!!

So, Phelps race is coming up and he says it’ll be his last. Part of me doesn’t believe this, as he said it after London but then came back, and he also missed one Gold these Olympics for a Silver. He seems like the type of guy to come back just because of that. However, he will be around 36 by the next Games (means dying in athlete world) but more importantly, has a child and a fiancé, soon to be wife. In case after 5 Olympics, he truly is done, I am going to sit here ready to watch live history in the making. I’ll be able to tell my kids one day, I saw Michael Phelps race and it was like nothing else.

So, I will continue watching these Olympics and every Olympics, crying Rio_2016with the athletes as they start to cry of disbelief on the podium. I’m extremely proud of the Canadian athletes as they are representing my country, but truly, I am proud of ALL the athletes, for putting work and effort into something so beautiful and good.



UPDATE: MICHAEL PHELPS WINS GOLD for the 4X100m Medley Relay! Congrats to him, Nathan Adrian (a personal favorite of mine), Ryan Murphy and Cody Miller. I was standing on my couch the entire time, waving my arms. After the race, Phelps took a moment to himself and then waved to the crowd, a sign that this may truly be the end. So glad he went out as deserved, in GOLD.

Katy Perry: The Movie and My Inspiration From It

Quote: “Thank you so much for believing in my weirdness.” –Katy Perry
Song: Ho Hey by The Lumineers
Location: Alberta, Canada

So me, the ultimate Katy Perry fan, just watched the Katy Perry Movie. So…maybe I blew the ultimate fan because I’m a little late on watching this film, but I’m writing a blog about this so I think I can get it back just fine. The reason I’m even writing about it is because it completely inspired me in such a way that I really needed.

Heading back to Canada for the summer was necessary because I need to make money, but it also sucks because I am not enjoying it. Yea I can see my 5 friends I have here, but working, is just work. I do not love what I do and that goes against all of my policies. Being away from the stage and the screen for even a month has left me feeling pretty bored and, well plain and simple, not very happy. I don’t even have patience playing my guitar anymore. I mess up and I envision myself throwing the thing as if I could compare myself to some rock and roll legend rather than what I really am, a perfect mix of Lana Del Rey and …(I hate to say it) Taylor Swift. So watching this movie just reminded me of what I want in life, why I do it, and how it feeds me.

katy-perry-3d-movieThe movie goes right from how Katy started to roughly near the beginning of the whirlwind break up with Russell Brand…Whom I still despise just because he broke my girl’s heart. And yea, I did just call Katy my girl. One day I intend on being friends with her and not because she is Katy Perry but because as a person, I really love her, the choices she made, the consequences she has dealt with and how our lives are more similar than one would think. Near the end though, she talked about how this wasn’t her moment to have a career and love life that worked simultaneously, and career was working and that’s what she ultimately had to go with since Russell left her. And to me, that always means a lot because I have always been one to advocate that I will choose my career over a family life. I will. Maybe not forever, but right now, that’s what is important to me. That’s my goal in life. That is what makes me happy. If love finds me on the way, awesome, if not, catch ya on the flip side. Hopefully.

But really, it was just her dedication and love for her fans and for her career that just inspires me to keep going. Katy didn’t just pop up overnight, she had been working towards her career for over 5 years. She worked hard every minute and never gave up, and that’s what I’m doing. I have never wanted to be an overnight sensation or a YouTube star. Both of those are great, but I wanted the satisfaction of knowing I earned that role or appearance because I’ve worked continually for it. Katy never gave up and neither will I. She was always so hopeful and determined and I also wish to keep those attributes. She also is always so real and genuine with her fans, something else I hope to do as well. Gina Omilon That’s why I have this blog, that’s why I personally tweet from my twitter account (follow me @ginaomilon) and why I try to personally post on my facebook fan page as much as I can. And if I meet anyone, I always take the time to take a picture or sign an autograph because I know those small things count. I know that because I was exactly like that when I was a kid too. And even still am. And yea, I’m not some giant superstar yet, but I get recognized in Canada. In the USA, I’m still pretty much a nobody, which is kind of nice because I come back to Canada and everyone watches me everywhere I go. Restaurants are the weirdest…and TIM HORTONS! I used to LOVE Tim Horton’s! Now I go there and everyone just turns in their chair and watches and it’s very weird. It’s like, “Hey guys, I’m a normal person just getting my ice cap.” I really don’t even think I’ve done that much yet, but I guess I’ve done enough to start a fan base and a career, and that’s the beginning.  I’ve already had a handful of people creep my photos, ask me out, share my photos and try to get my number….all whom I have never met. Twitter really needs to hurry up and verify my account so I can just wipe all those requests away in 1 click. I’m about 6000 followers away from that though haha

But really, I just wanted to blog about this because if Katy or any members of her team, or giant worldwide fan club are reading this, I just wanted to let them know that Katy has inspired me once again to keep pushing hard in my career and not stop until I reach the top. That was cheesy and it rhymed but I don’t care.

This upcoming week I’ll be heading to Toronto, Canada to co-emcee the Miss Teen Canada-World 2013 Pageant alongside Luke Bilyk from Degrassi. And the performer for the night is another Degrassi member. It’s literally a Degrassi convention with side appearance of Gina Omilon. Anyways… watching this movie right before was amazing because it just reminded me of why I love my job (to be a TV personality) and to be a part of magical events like this. Having some of the ladies tweet me saying they can’t wait to meet me is fantastic. I don’t have my management reply to tweets, I read and reply to them myself so I know who they are and I know what they’ve said. I know all the girls who have asked me what Luke’s cologne is. And trust me….there is a lot.

I just want to be different, to make a difference and to be remembered as a legend. I don’t want to be the next somebody; I want to be the first Gina Omilon. I’m only 19 and very far away from that….but like I said, this is only the beginning.


P.S. If you haven’t seen the movie. Go watch it. NOW.