Esabella Strickland

13-year-old Esabella is a writer, actress, and influencer based out of Vancouver, BC. She is a young, raw talent who is a champion against child illiteracy and acts as an empowering figure against bullying through her art.

But it wasn’t always this way. From a young age, Esabella was diagnosed with Dyslexia and ADHD, which not only impacted her learning but inhibited her interactions. It wasn’t until Esabella was awarded a grant from Variety Children’s Charity to attend Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School (KGMS) – an alternative high school program for students with learning differences and specific learning challenges – that Esabella suddenly took flight.

In 2018 Esabella wrote, produced, directed and starred in the film, My Red Ball (2018). The film handles themes of bullying, written through Esabella’s own experiences with it, and went on to become a fest favourite.

Esabella has recently had the honour of being asked to be a co-host for the 53rd Annual Variety Show of Hearts Telethon, supporting the cause that has been so good to her.

In May 2019 this gifted young girl will be shooting the short film she wrote, Moontime, which will feature an all-female cast and crew. The story deals with a girl’s transition into womanhood and aims to remove the shame and social stigma that is unfortunately often felt by young girls when they experience their first menstrual cycle. Esabella’s goal is to have girls feel more empowered by the process!

Esabella has worked hard to train herself with techniques she uses to deal with both her anxiety and her dyslexia. Through this process she’s discovered what she calls her two superpowers, memorizing and a higher level of sensitivity toward others, including the characters she plays. She has also trained herself with mindfulness and grounding techniques to cope with anxiety – something she hopes to pass on to those she works with.

Esabella is a fierce swimmer and passionate painter. She is currently working on her own line of greeting cards for young adults.

She has also just finished her first Young Adult novel, Then and There, Here and Where, written with her father, which will be published 2021.