‘I like being in front of a camera’ says YTV star Houde

Qualicum Beach’s Harrison Houde stars in a YTV sitcom that premiered yesterday and runs every Monday evening. - PHOTO SUBMITTED BY COLLEEN KIRK
Qualicum Beach’s Harrison Houde stars in a YTV sitcom that premiered yesterday and runs every Monday evening.

Harrison Houde grew up watching YTV and now he’s starring in a show on the cable television channel.

The now part-time Qualicum Beach resident found out he landed a starring role in Some Assembly Required in July.

“I was pretty excited,” he said while back in Qualicum Beach for the holidays. “I just laid on the ground for a couple seconds, I was like, is this real life?”

Houde is 17 years-old and had been attending Kwalikum Secondary School before he found out about his new role. That meant he and his mother had to relocate to Vancouver for him to work on the show four days a week. He has already shot 16 episodes and the first one premiered yesterday, Jan. 6 at 6:30 p.m. The show runs every Monday at that time on YTV.

When Houde began working on the show he was also filming the third season of the TVO kids show Finding Stuff Out. He began starring in that show in Grade 9 and missed his first month as KSS as he was shooting in Montreal. That show is about the real-world application of science and has enabled Houde to engage in fun activities at the studio in Montreal as well as at some cool Canadian locations including the Vancouver Aquarium and a rock quarry in Victoria. That show also aired on the Knowledge Network in B.C. last summer.

Houde moved to Qualicum Beach when he was in Grade 3. When he was eight-years-old he started making music videos featuring his own original work and doing parodies of other performers.

“That”s what kind of got me into acting,” he said. “I thought, I like being in front of a camera, I like making videos and filming, so maybe I should try acting.”

Houde began uploading his videos to his own YouTube Channel when he was 12 and named his entertainment company Turnip Time Entertainment. He now has more than 12,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel xTurnipTimex.

When he was 12 he also got an agent and by 13 he had a role in Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

“It was a small role but for a first role to be in a feature film that goes to theatres was a pretty big deal for me, I was really excited,” he said.

He’s also made appearances in the TV shows Untold Stories of the ER and Fairly Odd Parents.

Houde has been living in Vancouver with his mother since August last year and said he’s really enjoying making Some Assembly Required in Burnaby.

The show surrounds 14-year-old Jarvis Raines who is president of a toy company called Knickknack Toys. In order to make the company a success he has to invent some of the most exciting toys in history and hire the best team of workers possible. Harrison plays Bowie, Raines’ best friend, who he hires among a group of other interesting young characters.

Houde said he hopes to continue with work in sitcoms and other comedy work in the future.

“I really hope that my acting career can continue on from here and just grow bigger and bigger,” he said. For more on Houde check out his website at www.HarrisonHoude.com.



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