imshreyapatel

Shrey Shrey

Acting, Improv, Circus & Documentary Filmmaking 🇨🇦🇮🇳🇺🇸
Mental Health Advocate
Twitter: @imshreyapatel

Finally this happened! Thank you for everything who helped me track @sagaboycom down 😊 l was finally able to give my thank you card in person..
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Thank you again, @sagaboycom for opening your door for strangers during the crisis that struck on June 17th. Very appreciative.
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Thank you @thismodeleatsalot for being a rock through everything and to all my friends who constantly checked up on me❤ Grateful to be alive!
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Love of humanity will always wins over hatred! 🙌🏽❤

Finally this happened! Thank you for everything who helped me track @sagaboycom down 😊 l was finally able to give my thank you card in person.. . Thank you again, @sagaboycom for opening your door for strangers during the crisis that struck on June 17th. Very appreciative. . Thank you @thismodeleatsalot for being a rock through everything and to all my friends who constantly checked up on me❤ Grateful to be alive! . Love of humanity will always wins over hatred! 🙌🏽❤ - 2 days ago

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Thank you @toronto_fringe for accepting me into your TENT emerging producer program. I am utterly grateful for all the people l have got to meet and learn so much from, something that not even theatre school could have taught me. It was truly magical 💫❤ #theatre #theatrekids #fringe #toronto #grateful #magic #love

Thank you @toronto_fringe for accepting me into your TENT emerging producer program. I am utterly grateful for all the people l have got to meet and learn so much from, something that not even theatre school could have taught me. It was truly magical 💫❤ #theatre #theatrekids #fringe #toronto #grateful #magic #love - 8 days ago

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@anokhi_media wrote about our wonderful event, Girl Up X @goodtobegoodfoundation. Thank you 😊  Link in Bio 🙌🏽 .
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GIRL UP DOCUMENTARY REVEALS THAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING IS HAPPENING RIGHT HERE AT HOME
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For her very first film, Toronto-based director, writer, and producer @imshreyapatel decided to focus her lens on the issue of human trafficking - Not in far away lands, but here in Toronto. Her debut documentary "Girl Up" focuses on the first person story of 'Jessica,' who was lured into sex slavery by her boyfriend while still in high school. During the impactful, hour-long panel discussion which took place after the screening, activists and advisers revealed staggering Canadian statistics, tell-tale signs, and why this is happening here at home. ----------------------------------------
Writer: @hpa4462
Photo Credit: @neda.ahmadphoto

#documentary #Toronto #humantrafficking

@anokhi_media wrote about our wonderful event, Girl Up X @goodtobegoodfoundation. Thank you 😊 Link in Bio 🙌🏽 . . *Repost* GIRL UP DOCUMENTARY REVEALS THAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING IS HAPPENING RIGHT HERE AT HOME -------------------- LINK IN BIO -------------------- For her very first film, Toronto-based director, writer, and producer @imshreyapatel decided to focus her lens on the issue of human trafficking - Not in far away lands, but here in Toronto. Her debut documentary "Girl Up" focuses on the first person story of 'Jessica,' who was lured into sex slavery by her boyfriend while still in high school. During the impactful, hour-long panel discussion which took place after the screening, activists and advisers revealed staggering Canadian statistics, tell-tale signs, and why this is happening here at home. ---------------------------------------- Writer: @hpa4462 Photo Credit: @neda.ahmadphoto #documentary #Toronto #humantrafficking - 11 days ago

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Thank you @superheroesofthe6ix for approaching me and doing this piece. You guys are so talented! 👏 Enjoy reading 😊
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"Going to school when you are older instead of when you are a teenager will be the best thing you will do. That’s because in your later years, you will exactly know what interests you and now, those 8 am classes will be something you will look forward to. Dropping out of university after the first year and leaving Canada was the best thing I did. How could I study something, let alone get a job in the field, that doesn’t interest me?
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I have always been a creative person and knew from a very young age that I wanted to be in the fashion industry. I had gone to India to visit some family but instead ended up going to Mumbai to work in the fashion business. Despite not having any connections or support, I stayed there for 4 years and worked as a model all throughout Asia and the Middle East with organizations like the Vogue India, Grazia, Lakme, Dubai Fashion Show, etc. and did some incredible shoots. I always measured success by my own terms so once I felt like I had checked off all that I wanted to do and achieve in the fashion industry in Mumbai, I came back to Canada and decided to get my postgraduate degree in documentary filmmaking. That led me into making a documentary on Human Trafficking in Toronto called ‘Girl Up’. I have multiple passions that I have turned into my careers. I work as a model, go to circus school, while I also write and act in shows.
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Often people ask me about my Plan B and how I manage to live with the kind of uncertainties that come with having a creative career? My answer is that it’s because I never make a Plan B, that I find the motivation to focus entirely on my Plan A. I turn my passion into my paychecks. I may not be wealthy according to society’s standards, but I sure am leading a purposeful life. A purposeful life is a happy life to me. I am comfortable with the uncomfortable.
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Take a leap of faith; it’s the most beautiful thing you will do for yourself. I encourage you to try it!"
~@imshreyapatel
#modellife #followyourheart #bebrave #documentary #tiff #leap #Mumbai #Toronto #creative #fashion

Thank you @superheroesofthe6ix for approaching me and doing this piece. You guys are so talented! 👏 Enjoy reading 😊 . *Repost* . "Going to school when you are older instead of when you are a teenager will be the best thing you will do. That’s because in your later years, you will exactly know what interests you and now, those 8 am classes will be something you will look forward to. Dropping out of university after the first year and leaving Canada was the best thing I did. How could I study something, let alone get a job in the field, that doesn’t interest me? . I have always been a creative person and knew from a very young age that I wanted to be in the fashion industry. I had gone to India to visit some family but instead ended up going to Mumbai to work in the fashion business. Despite not having any connections or support, I stayed there for 4 years and worked as a model all throughout Asia and the Middle East with organizations like the Vogue India, Grazia, Lakme, Dubai Fashion Show, etc. and did some incredible shoots. I always measured success by my own terms so once I felt like I had checked off all that I wanted to do and achieve in the fashion industry in Mumbai, I came back to Canada and decided to get my postgraduate degree in documentary filmmaking. That led me into making a documentary on Human Trafficking in Toronto called ‘Girl Up’. I have multiple passions that I have turned into my careers. I work as a model, go to circus school, while I also write and act in shows. . Often people ask me about my Plan B and how I manage to live with the kind of uncertainties that come with having a creative career? My answer is that it’s because I never make a Plan B, that I find the motivation to focus entirely on my Plan A. I turn my passion into my paychecks. I may not be wealthy according to society’s standards, but I sure am leading a purposeful life. A purposeful life is a happy life to me. I am comfortable with the uncomfortable. . Take a leap of faith; it’s the most beautiful thing you will do for yourself. I encourage you to try it!" ~@imshreyapatel #modellife #followyourheart #bebrave #documentary #tiff #leap #Mumbai #Toronto #creative #fashion - 19 days ago

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It's been 11 days since l survived 2 shootings first hand at the parade. I wasn't going to bring this up in public but l need your help. Everything from that day seems like a blur. The first shooting, the universe somehow saved us and the second shooting, one officer helped us run. My body was shaking and everything was on a lockdown. Not knowing where to find protection, an A&W Manager on 1 Richmond saw us and opened his restaurant to give us shelter. I made him a thank you card and l went back to the store to give it to him just couple of days ago but found out that he's the owner of that A&W and he barely comes to that location. His name is Dominic Ling. I called the generic A&W number but am unable to connect with him. I found him on Facebook and messaged him but still no contact. Does anyone have any contact with A&W that can help me track him down or anyone know how to contact this wonderful person? I want to personally give him this thank you card. .
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I am dealing with trauma so please refrain from asking me about this event. Healing in progress. Sleep seems like a distant friend that barely comes to visit me. Most times l close my eyes and all I can see and hear is gun shots, running, screaming and "they are down here now with the guns," "where is my sister?," "run,run." .
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I am grateful to be alive. I am grateful to be have incredible family and friends around me. I am grateful to have encountered heros like that officer who helped us even though his own life might have been in danger and to Mr. Ling who showed us so much humanity that day. Thank you. .
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Love will clear that hate
I know that, cause love saved my fate
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#humanity #love #grateful

It's been 11 days since l survived 2 shootings first hand at the parade. I wasn't going to bring this up in public but l need your help. Everything from that day seems like a blur. The first shooting, the universe somehow saved us and the second shooting, one officer helped us run. My body was shaking and everything was on a lockdown. Not knowing where to find protection, an A&W Manager on 1 Richmond saw us and opened his restaurant to give us shelter. I made him a thank you card and l went back to the store to give it to him just couple of days ago but found out that he's the owner of that A&W and he barely comes to that location. His name is Dominic Ling. I called the generic A&W number but am unable to connect with him. I found him on Facebook and messaged him but still no contact. Does anyone have any contact with A&W that can help me track him down or anyone know how to contact this wonderful person? I want to personally give him this thank you card. . . I am dealing with trauma so please refrain from asking me about this event. Healing in progress. Sleep seems like a distant friend that barely comes to visit me. Most times l close my eyes and all I can see and hear is gun shots, running, screaming and "they are down here now with the guns," "where is my sister?," "run,run." . . I am grateful to be alive. I am grateful to be have incredible family and friends around me. I am grateful to have encountered heros like that officer who helped us even though his own life might have been in danger and to Mr. Ling who showed us so much humanity that day. Thank you. . . Love will clear that hate I know that, cause love saved my fate . #humanity #love #grateful - 26 days ago

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Thank you to everyone who made our GIRL UP Screening | Human Trafficking: A Crime Against Humanity Event such a success. I've been getting an overwhelming number of messages about how the event was an eye-opening experience & how people were still thinking about the documentary the next day. I got messages that some of you have even had discussions with your friends & family about HT after the event was over. I'm so happy to hear that because the goal was to spread awareness. It's been a long journey & I'm glad you all were part of the final product. Swipe right to know more about it.
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I remember telling @sanpedrochar last year about wanting to do a friends & family event & since then her foundation, @goodtobegoodfoundation partnered with me and helped organized such a killer event. Thank you to my Wonderwoman and sister, I know she worked very hard to ensure that this event is how I envisioned it to be. I can say it was beyond that and I am so grateful. All the proceeds from the event have gone to @boostforkids.
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I met @dhlln._ and @rhonellebruder this year. These two women are powerhouses. Thank you for sharing your experiences & being so resourceful. You both made the panel so educational. .
Thank you to our sponsors who provided delicious food, @topopcornco, @b.goodcanada and @panago_pizza and HUGE thank you to Rich and Neda!
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Utterly grateful to everyone who have made this documentary even possible to make, my parents for helping produce it, Ankit for sound fixing as much as he could, @saahilprem for scoring the film and providing guidance on making it better, @iamrobinmv for providing music, Dan for providing some equipment, Esha and Umair for helping with shooting some segments. Yair & Naser for providing detailed positive critic on how to make it better. Seneca for teaching me everything I know about documentaries & all the friends who have been a constant support. Thank you!
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Everyone involved with Girl Up, know that you made a huge difference in many people's lives & that many communities are more aware of this horrifying trade because you woke up & decided to spread awareness about it. You all should be proud of yourself. Thanks again. #GirlUpTo

Thank you to everyone who made our GIRL UP Screening | Human Trafficking: A Crime Against Humanity Event such a success. I've been getting an overwhelming number of messages about how the event was an eye-opening experience & how people were still thinking about the documentary the next day. I got messages that some of you have even had discussions with your friends & family about HT after the event was over. I'm so happy to hear that because the goal was to spread awareness. It's been a long journey & I'm glad you all were part of the final product. Swipe right to know more about it. . I remember telling @sanpedrochar last year about wanting to do a friends & family event & since then her foundation, @goodtobegoodfoundation partnered with me and helped organized such a killer event. Thank you to my Wonderwoman and sister, I know she worked very hard to ensure that this event is how I envisioned it to be. I can say it was beyond that and I am so grateful. All the proceeds from the event have gone to @boostforkids. . I met @dhlln._ and @rhonellebruder this year. These two women are powerhouses. Thank you for sharing your experiences & being so resourceful. You both made the panel so educational. . Thank you to our sponsors who provided delicious food, @topopcornco , @b.goodcanada and @panago_pizza and HUGE thank you to Rich and Neda! . Utterly grateful to everyone who have made this documentary even possible to make, my parents for helping produce it, Ankit for sound fixing as much as he could, @saahilprem for scoring the film and providing guidance on making it better, @iamrobinmv for providing music, Dan for providing some equipment, Esha and Umair for helping with shooting some segments. Yair & Naser for providing detailed positive critic on how to make it better. Seneca for teaching me everything I know about documentaries & all the friends who have been a constant support. Thank you! . Everyone involved with Girl Up, know that you made a huge difference in many people's lives & that many communities are more aware of this horrifying trade because you woke up & decided to spread awareness about it. You all should be proud of yourself. Thanks again. #GirlUpTo - 1 month ago

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To all my family, friends and everyone who wanted to watch Girl Up. It HERE, an evening of awareness and social change.  Light dinner will be provided 😊 All proceed will benefit Boost for kids. Also, this will be the last time we will be showcasing this documentary, so please come on out and show your support ✊🏽 LINK IN BIO
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Girl Up is a documentary that sheds light in the world of human trafficking in Toronto. The film is supported by and stars MPP Laurie Scott and Journalist Tamara Cherry.
Toronto International Film Festival connected the documentary to the Civic Action Summit which happens every 4 years. By invites only, hundreds of civic leaders come together to combat issues and come up with solutions for a change. Clips of the documentary were showcased to elected officials, senior business executives, and community advocates to start the conversation on how to combat human trafficking.
Girl Up had a world premiere at the 18th Annual Filmi: Toronto’s South Asian Film Festival. 📽 .
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Thank you so much to our sponsors, @b.goodcanada @panago_pizza @topopcornco @richardsondx @neda.ahmadphoto 🇨🇦
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#grateful #documentary #humantrafficking #Toronto #RandonActsOfPizza #Panago_Pizza

To all my family, friends and everyone who wanted to watch Girl Up. It HERE, an evening of awareness and social change. Light dinner will be provided 😊 All proceed will benefit Boost for kids. Also, this will be the last time we will be showcasing this documentary, so please come on out and show your support ✊🏽 LINK IN BIO . . . Girl Up is a documentary that sheds light in the world of human trafficking in Toronto. The film is supported by and stars MPP Laurie Scott and Journalist Tamara Cherry. Toronto International Film Festival connected the documentary to the Civic Action Summit which happens every 4 years. By invites only, hundreds of civic leaders come together to combat issues and come up with solutions for a change. Clips of the documentary were showcased to elected officials, senior business executives, and community advocates to start the conversation on how to combat human trafficking. Girl Up had a world premiere at the 18th Annual Filmi: Toronto’s South Asian Film Festival. 📽 . . . Thank you so much to our sponsors, @b.goodcanada @panago_pizza @topopcornco @richardsondx @neda.ahmadphoto 🇨🇦 . . #grateful #documentary #humantrafficking #Toronto #RandonActsOfPizza #Panago_Pizza - 2 months ago

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Favorite and special people ❤

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Brb...Princess Jasmine is transitioning into Lara Croft #princessjasmine #laracroft #aladdin

Brb...Princess Jasmine is transitioning into Lara Croft #princessjasmine #laracroft #aladdin - 2 months ago

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Grateful for @tiff_net for connecting my documentary, Girl Up to @civicactiongtha Summit and @cameronpbailey for announcing the film in such a beautiful and powerful way. .

Three short clips from my documentary, Girl Up, was showcased to start the conversation on how to combat human trafficking, followed by a panel discussion with civic leaders including elected officials, senior business executives, and community advocates. Hon. Lisa McLeod took the stage after to talk more about MPP Laurie Scott's bill, Girl Next Door Act. In the end,  all leaders who were sitting in the audience were asked to team up and come up with potential solutions. The summit did that with each of the 5 topics they covered. Everyone was given a sheet with questions that we had to fill out on what we learned and how we can combat this issue which was followed by a group discussion of sharing what we came up with. The sheet was collected by the summit volunteer at the end of the session and all the ideas generated will be used by the changemakers to create initiatives that will help find solutions for the 5 issues and hopefully transform the region for the better.
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CivicAction Summit happens every 4 years. It’s by invites only. Hundreds of civic leaders come together to combat issues and come up with solutions for a change. This year, the 5 topics were Future of Work: Life in the Skills Lane, Inclusion: Unlocking Inclusive Cities, Sex Trafficking: Human, Not Capital, Housing: Reframing Where and How We Live & Natural Disaster and Extreme Weather: ResilienCity.
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Thank you CivicAction for letting me be a part of the Housing: Reframing Where and How We Live and Sex Trafficking: Human, Not Capital session. What a powerful summit. .
#grateful  #powerful #changemakers #CanvasGTHA

Grateful for @tiff_net for connecting my documentary, Girl Up to @civicactiongtha Summit and @cameronpbailey for announcing the film in such a beautiful and powerful way. . Three short clips from my documentary, Girl Up, was showcased to start the conversation on how to combat human trafficking, followed by a panel discussion with civic leaders including elected officials, senior business executives, and community advocates. Hon. Lisa McLeod took the stage after to talk more about MPP Laurie Scott's bill, Girl Next Door Act. In the end, all leaders who were sitting in the audience were asked to team up and come up with potential solutions. The summit did that with each of the 5 topics they covered. Everyone was given a sheet with questions that we had to fill out on what we learned and how we can combat this issue which was followed by a group discussion of sharing what we came up with. The sheet was collected by the summit volunteer at the end of the session and all the ideas generated will be used by the changemakers to create initiatives that will help find solutions for the 5 issues and hopefully transform the region for the better. . CivicAction Summit happens every 4 years. It’s by invites only. Hundreds of civic leaders come together to combat issues and come up with solutions for a change. This year, the 5 topics were Future of Work: Life in the Skills Lane, Inclusion: Unlocking Inclusive Cities, Sex Trafficking: Human, Not Capital, Housing: Reframing Where and How We Live & Natural Disaster and Extreme Weather: ResilienCity. . Thank you CivicAction for letting me be a part of the Housing: Reframing Where and How We Live and Sex Trafficking: Human, Not Capital session. What a powerful summit. . #grateful #powerful #changemakers #CanvasGTHA - 3 months ago

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