Simon's road to filmmaking has been paved with creative pursuits, a deep immersion into the art world and a surprising inspiration. Originally from Toronto, he completed a BFA with a Major in Fine Art focused on painting and drawing at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, followed by a BA in Visual Arts with a Major in Art History (NSCAD), and finally an MA in Art History at the University of British Columbia. Simon has exhibited his works in various group and solo exhibitions in both Vancouver and Toronto, all while gaining further experience in the arts by working in galleries and museums. Eventually, seeking to broaden his horizons, Simon decided to pursue his passion for food, wine and hospitality by joining Toronto's thriving restaurant industry. One restless night over a simmering stock pot, Simon realized he had another creative pursuit in him--that of acting. He embarked on training and began performing in community theatre, short films and TV commercials. Switching to the other side of the camera, Simon started producing experimental short films and narrative scene studies. These video projects developed rapidly over the next several years, during which time Simon trained in screenwriting, directing and myriad aspects of technical filmmaking, ultimately leading to directing a play (Opening Night) and working as a script supervisor (Adult Adoption, North of Normal, Mustache). Simon's first film, For Christ's Sake--where he acted as writer, director and producer--was inspired by a childhood event. Simon looks forward to developing his feature-writing skills and finding his next opportunities to direct for the stage and screen.