Described as a “Renaissance Girl” for her multitude of talent, 15-year-old Esabella Anna Karena Strickland is a Multi Award-Winning Filmmaker, Award-Winning Writer, Award-Winning Actress, Award-Winning Media Host, Artist, and GenZ Influencer based out of Vancouver, BC. She is a young, raw talent who is a learning disability advocate and empowering figure against bullying through the arts.
Esabella starred in local indie short film’s Enlightenment, Things You Take, and Arthur’s Gift. She also co-wrote, co-directed and starred in the Short Film “My Red Ball” and “The Notebook” through the Young Movie Makers Program. “My Red Ball” handles themes of bullying, written from Esabella’s own life experience, it has gone to appear in 60 International Film Festivals, winning at 10 of them.
Esabella has also made appearances on local productions of Travelers, Goodboys, and Series of Unfortunate Events. Esabella is also the youngest member and supporter of Women in TV and Film Vancouver.
Esabella is also an Award-Winning Filmmaker and Writer for her feature-film screen adaptation of her Novel, Then and There, Here and Where, which has won at several film festivals for Best Script. She was also behind the camera for “A Conversation with E,” which was made through the CineLab Filmmaking Camp this summer.
“A Conversation with E” is already an official selection of the 2021 Cannes Short Film Festival and has won at several film festivals. This lead to her writing and producing her first Independent film called “A Dialogue with Pandora” this fall with the support of Actor Paul Greene.
Esabella recently joined Graisland Entertainment as a GenZ Script Consultant and is collaborating with Producer and Screenwriter Michael Grais on the next generation of Horror Films.
Esabella had the honour of co-hosting the 53rd and 54th annual Variety Show of Hearts Telethon as their Youth Ambassador and was recently invited back to host the 55th Telethon in 2021. Esabella was also an EveRiathing red carpet host to support the 2019 Joey awards. Esabella was the ambassador and host for Geektopia 2019 to help raise money for the Amanda Todd Legacy. Esabella is also the ambassador and virtual host for the 2020 Meowfest to help raise money for the Langley Animal Protection Society, and Regional Animal Protection Society.
Esabella was invited to the 2019 Adobe Summit as an Adobe insider and speaker. She was the youngest influencer to attend the Las Vegas event and was in the top 10 in Social Media Engagement during the week of the Summit. Many were impressed by her empathy, compassion, and insight into the life of a Genz’r.
Esabella has finished co-writing her first children’s novel, Then and There, Here and Where, out March 2nd, 2021. The main character of the book, Orabella, has a learning disability while learning to become a heroine. Esabella’s goal is to have girls feel connected and empowered by Orabella. As an artist, she is a painter, drawer and a jean pocket painter for celebrities and special orders of which 10% of sales go towards local charities
Esabella has worked hard to train herself with techniques she uses to deal with both her anxiety, Adhd, and dyslexia, Through this process she’s discovered what she calls her two superpowers, memorizing and a higher level of sensitivity towards others, including the characters she plays, She has also trained herself with mindfulness and grounding techniques to cope with her anxiety – something she hopes to pass onto those who she works with.