Actor and talent coach Jacqui Kaese didn’t know if her industry would take her seriously if she relocated to Nanaimo.
The answer came soon after the move when director Jonathan Glazer phoned to ask if she would come to New York City to coach 11-year-old Cameron Bright, her client. He had just landed what would be his breakthrough role opposite Nicole Kidman in the 2004 movie Birth.
Big city accessibility
Jacqui, Cameron and his mother flew out of Nanaimo Airport four days after that phone call. Jacqui’s no stranger to last-minute flights. She and her clients have jetted to same-week auditions and screen tests in Vancouver, Toronto and Los Angeles. To the surprise of A-list producers, they always arrive on time.
A frequent flyer through major hubs, Jacqui is quick to point out the ways Nanaimo Airport has become more sophisticated since its recent terminal expansion and upgrades. Reliability, an efficient flow, helpful service and stylish curb appeal top her list.
Now she’s proud to suggest the airport to her clients on the island and those in Vancouver and Los Angeles. Now the experience is a pleasure, she says.
Convenience on the clock and off
Jacqui and her husband Trent Kaese own nearby Cottonwood Golf Course and live on the property, also home to her talent coaching studio. The close airport proximity allows Jacqui to work from the island, and it allows Trent to golf in more tournaments abroad.