Celeb Style: Gerald Auger
Questions by Tybie Lipetz @Tybielipetz
Gerald Auger is one of the busiest First Nations actors on the continent, with an impressive list of screen, television and theatre appearances to his credit. He’s also a recognized National Native Role Model, entrepreneur, director, producer, writer and motivational speaker with thousands of followers worldwide. He is now embarking on another exciting new project: Gerald is proud to announce his role as Pawnee Killer in Endemol USA’s and AMC ‘s highly anticipated brand new historical drama “Hell On Wheels”, now confirmed for a November 6th, 2011 premiere on AMC. The premiere for “Hell on Wheels” will be held at the Regal L.A. Live Theatres on Thursday, October 27th, 2011 in Los Angeles.
As a filmmaker, Gerald scored critical acclaim for two National Film Board of Canada documentaries: “Honour Thy Father”, won Best Film Representing Cultural Diversity AMPIA Awards, which chronicled Gerald’s conflict with the Anglican Church in granting a traditional funeral for his father, and “Walking Alone”, nominated for Best Director, Best Film, Best Film Representing Cultural Diversity AMPIA Awards, a biopic on rapper Shawn Bernard.
Gerald is the owner and CEO of Black Eagle Entertainment, a business designed to advance First Nations status in mainstream society and debunk cultural stereotypes of his people. Through Black Eagle Entertainment, Auger plans to produce feature films, television series and documentaries.
What are the top 3 must haves in your closet?
Breastplate, Patricia Piche wear & a proud native unique style that represents my culture.
What’s your go-to outfit?
My breastplate with a rockstar edge.
What’s your go-to store?
Honestly, Thrift stores.
Who’s your favorite designer?
Are you effected by trends? Are there any trends at the moment you love or hate?
Not so much I tried trending but eventually went to back to doing my own thing but I always try to keep an open mind. Trends are exactly what they are, here one day gone the next, and I just stick to what works for me.
What advice would you give to young women/men trying to find their personal style?
Find out who you are as an individual first & foremost and allow yourself to think out of the box and BELIEVE that you are your own person and go with what gives you confidence, a sense of your own being and become what you wear & portray to the world. Be yourself and explore!
What’s your opinion of fashion magazines?Do you read them?
GQ is what I will usually grip when I need to see what’s current & what’s not. It’s always good to see other people’s sense of style & vision. We are all gifted in our own way even when it comes to personal style.
What was your favorite style decade?
(grunge, hippy, 40’s, …) The 80’s with the rocked out look! It was bold and balls to the walls even when it came to glam rock!
What does style mean to you?
Style is who you are at any giving “moment” in your life; where your current mindset is. Style represents your individuality where you are at on your personal journey, both personally & professionally. If you are consciously aware of your emotional, mental, physical and spiritual well being that will dictate as to what your style is as well because your style is what you are representing to the world in terms of who you are.
Do you dress for yourself or for others ?
Both, because what I do in film & television is all mostly about image initially until they get see, hear & feel the talent on screen. You need to draw them in initially with something and what better way is there then by expressing yourself through your own personal style.
Do you have any beauty or fashion tips you’d like to share?
Personal hygiene is a must.
How has your personal style changed over the years?
Constantly because I am growing emotionally, mentally, physically & spiritually as I evolve as a “spiritual” being housed in this “human” being. I am not who I was yesterday because today will dictate who I will be tomorrow but I am making sure that I am having fun at the same time & exploring myself through the blessings & the trials of life. Personally, what you see is where I am at with myself, both inside & out, through the style that I currently portray.
What do you think about the way men/women dress in this city? Do you find Vancouver’s style different from other cities you’ve been to or lived in?
Yeah Vancouver is more organic in most cases and Toronto is more of a in-your-face-look-at-me. New York speaks for itself its more, variety, universal & global.
Have you ever felt pressured to look a certain way? Why? What did you do about it?
Yeah I’ve felt that pressure from the industry but then I figured at the end of the day I know who I am and I don’t need anybody telling me who I should be. I am the only one who has walked in these moccasins on this journey we call life and I will continue to do so till the day I go home to Creator . So I ended up sticking to my cultural roots because that is who I truly am even amongst the chaos and drama this industry can and will bring.
Do you think fashion and trends are affected by media? Is this a good thing?
No I think it’s actually the other way around. The media is driven by what is current and they will either accept it or reject and put their own spin on it regardless. You just can’t take any of it personally and just stick to the beat of your own drum.
What do you think about the Yoga craze in Vancouver? Would we ever find you out for lunch in yoga pants?
No yoga is not my thing I have my spirituality where I can practice anywhere at any given moment. That can be by taking a walk or saying a simple prayer to give thanks for this day and any specific moment in my life.
How would you describe your city’s style?
Rocked out cool with a spiritual edge!!
How would you describe your style?
Proud, dignified and representing my cultural roots with an edge that brings it into the 21st Century.
What’s your favorite accessory?
How do you like a woman to dress?
Sophisticated but with an edge as long as it represents them as givers of life because they are truly powerful, sacred and beautiful beings.
Do you have any ‘beauty’/self care or fashion tips for men?
Personal hygiene and shave where and when you must.
Have you ever had a mani/pedi or gone for a facial? Why or why not?
We live in a different society today and we must learn to adapt and evolve and be secure with who we are as men and individuals. Why live life in fear when life is meant to be lived. At the end of the day first impressions are lasting impressions and you should only answer to Creator and take care of the vessel that he has given you in life to walk in this physical realm we call Mother Earth and LIFE!!
RED CARPET QUESTIONS
How do you like to dress for the Red Carpet?
Patricia Piche and other Native American designers.
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Do you have a great Red Carpet story? ie: A designer dressed you?
Patricia Piche is phenomenal and a true visionary. I just tell her this is the look I am looking for, ex. Indian Matrix and she goes back and brings my vision to life. I have been told that I am her muse and am honored.
It wasn’t long ago that a kid emerged from a family of 15 in northern Alberta with little to his name except a relentless drive to become a major player in the entertainment world. Armed with a set of spiritual values and beliefs passed onto him by his native culture, Gerald Auger was determined to prove that if the sky is the limit, there’s no doubt about the heights he could achieve and to this day, he still lives by this motto. As a youth, Gerald witnessed poverty, violence and tragedy while living on the streets in various cities in Canada, before deciding to turn his life around. Eventually, Gerald received a diploma in Marketing/Management and a certificate for Small Business Management from Grande Prairie Regional College and received the Charles S. Nobleship Award for Student Leadership from the Department of Advanced Education and the Province of Alberta. He took acting lessons at Edmonton’s Great West Canadian Talent Company, but is mostly self-taught in terms of acting by people watching and studying other actor’s methods on various movie sets and watching programs such as The Actors Studio, and participating in Casting Workshops as well.