Young Lindsay woman’s career is blooming
Rebecca Anne Bloom makes her living in creative ways
Rebecca Anne Bloom is what we call a “creative” these days.
She spent her childhood in Ajax, and she moved to Lindsay during her high school years. Today, she lives in Lindsay and commutes the short drive to Bobcaygeon for her day job as the event and social media and digital marketing coordinator at the Lakeview Arts Barn. As well, she is the general manager of Globus Theatre. (Globus Theatre is located within the Arts Barn.)
“In 2012 I was looking for a job while going to university and I happened to have my resumé sent to the barn,” Rebecca explained. “I started alongside the kitchen staff, which was delightful, then I was eventually the bartender there and then was in the box office.”
In January 2021, she became the barn’s “event liaison” and started the managerial position last October. An average day for her can mean many things. If a show is happening, she usually takes orders over the phone, updates the LAB’s website and social media, makes sure contracts are being fulfilled for actors, and ensures things are working for anyone renting the event space. “We’ve had a couple of Christmas parties, and those need to go off without a hitch.”
Aside from her work at Globus and the LAB, she is also a freelance photographer and artist. Her company is called R. A. Bloom Creations. Her mother used to have coffee table books featuring nature scenes from across Ontario, which may be why Bloom’s primary love is nature photography. She remembers her family all equipped with their own cameras when they went out on trips. Bloom does photography across Kawartha Lakes, having taken photos for real estate agent Beth Gilroy and for the Lindsay + District Chamber of Commerce Awards of Excellence.
Photography isn’t this creative’s only artistic outlet. Describing herself as “an abstract watercolour artist” who does requests, she paints daisies and bouquets or the popular pink video game character Kirby. The only thing she does not professionally paint is portraits.
And if that wasn’t enough creative work, Rebecca is also an actor, mainly in theatre. She got her first big role at the Stirling Festival Theatre right before the pandemic, as Miss Muffet in a Mother Goose pantomime.
Additionally, filming has wrapped up for her first role on the big screen, shot in Sudbury in June 2021. She had a small role as a cashier, in a movie starring Sarah Gadon and Robert Carlyle called North of Normal, based on an autobiography by Cea Sunrise Person about her childhood living off the grid and in the Canadian wilderness. The movie is expected to premiere this year.
One of Rebecca’s favourite places to visit is Lindsay’s new North Ward Coffee Co. She also has a special relationship with Wilson’s Fresh Blueberries, a farm on Settlement Road south of Bobcaygeon. She did advertising photos for the Wilsons once, and because “they’re amazing, gracious humans,” she has been allowed to use their 90 acres for other photo shoots. Her boyfriend, Jeff McMullen, is studying in a veterinary technician program in Orillia, but is home with her and their two cats, Munchkin and Plum, whenever possible.
Not only is Rebecca’s career taking off – she is also planning to get married to Jeff this year.