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Berketa.Norm

Norm Berketa (Mensour Agency photo)

Norman Mikeal-Berketa is a Canadian actor, voice actor, writer, producer, and musician. He has participated in many Canadian productions, ranging from cartoons to live-action tv series and movies. He is the owner and creative director of NMB Productions, a studio specializing in audio and video creations as well as website maintenance. He also played in several bands, including Silent Q and The Initiatives.[1][2]

Early lifeEdit

Norman was born on August 23rd 1963 in Toronto, Canada,[3] and moved to the capital city of Ottawa in 1969.[4][5][6] He still lives there to this day with his wife and two children, Matthew and Hayley.[7]

CareerEdit

Acting and voice actingEdit

In 1996, Norm joined the BigTime Productions as an actor for Murder Mystery productions and other theatrical events.[8][9] On the screen, He made his debut as an actor in 1997, playing a security guard in the episode "La Mano Negra" of Soldiers of Fortune, Inc. (uncredited).[6][7] From that point on, Norman has done many roles in live-action TV series, TV movies, films, and cartoons. He has also worked for business companies, doing voiceovers for various commercials, including GarnierKijiji, and Hasbro.[10][11]

Norm continues to cast in video productions to this day.

WritingEdit

Through his studio, Norman has written works for many different companies.[12] His work includes scripts for live stage performances, commercials, corporate events, and variety shows for radio.[13] He has also written for Ottawa Life Magazine, having published a short story and a bi-monthly humour column.[13]

As a producer, Norm has written scripts for several short films, such as BLASTPuppet and Good for the Soul.[13][14] He also writes for web and TV series, namely for The Writer's Block and Gentle Bend.[13]

MusicEdit

Norm's musical career started as early as the 1980s. He first formed the group Al's Garage along with Paul Seale, Fred Hackett and Al.[7] After Fred and Al's departure, Greg Friend (keyboard/vocals), Steven Bird (second bass player) and Anthony a.k.a. Tony Chhangur (drums)[7] joined Norm (guitar/vocals) and Paul (guitar/vocals). The pop ska/reggae style band was then renamed Silent Q.[7] It played between 1982 and 1983 in Ottawa to great success.[7][15] In 1984, the group was restructured: Norm and Greg kept their respective roles, while Fred Hackett returned as a bass player and vocalist, and Gary Sanford joined as the drummer.[16] The band changed its name again to The Initiatives.[16] However, in 1985, the group disbanded for good.[16]

After the members of The Initiatives went their separate ways, Norman continued to pursue musical projects. He began experimenting on an analog multi-track machine, creating around 250 songs between 1985 and 1991 under the name The Norm.[17][18] In the 2000s, after converting to digital, he began the Deadlivestock project along with Buddy Munt and Alphonso Brouilliard.[19] He created four CDs of original material[20] while the fifth was cancelled before its official release in 2011.[21] In January 2012, Norman moved on to his second project, Sun Holes.[22] So far, he has produced three CDs, with the most recent having been released in 2014.[23]

Norman's musical career is ongoing, although he does it mostly for fun.

Animated rolesEdit

Toad PatrolEdit

OthersEdit

  • Faireez (2005) - Various voices
  • Zeroman (2004) - Various voices
  • Untalkative Bunny (2000) - Various voices
  • For Better or for Worse (2000) - Additional voices
  • Hoze Houndz (1999) - Clock / additional voices
  • Kevin Spencer (1999) - Regular principal / Mr. Franklin

TriviaEdit

  • Norman's full name is often shortened to Norm Berketa.
  • His last name can sometimes be misspelled as Berketta (with two "t"s instead of one).

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://www.deadlivestock.com/
  2. http://www.sunholes.com/
  3. http://www.deadlivestock.com/photos_theearlyyears_norm005.htm Deadlivestock.com
  4. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0075386/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm IMDb.com
  5. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norm_Berketa Wikipedia.com
  6. 6.0 6.1 http://www.twb.nmbproductions.com/writers_norm_01.htm TWB.NMBproductions.com
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118469/fullcredits?ref_=tt_ov_st_sm Deadlivestock.com
  8. http://www.bigtimemurder.com/murder-mystery-company/casting-ottawa-toronto-kingston/ Bigtimemurder.com
  9. http://www.bigtimeproductions.ca/cast-casting-actors.php Bigtimeproductions.ca
  10. http://www.norm.nmbproductions.com/
  11. http://www.mensour.ca/portfolio/norman-mikeal-berketa/ Mensour.ca
  12. http://www.nmbproductions.com/writing.htm NMBproductions.com
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 http://www.twb.nmbproductions.com/writers_norm_02.htm TWB.NMBproductions.com
  14. http://www.creative.nmbproductions.com/projects_past.htm Creative.NMBproductions.com
  15. http://www.deadlivestock.com/clips_silentq.htm Deadlivestock.com
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 http://www.deadlivestock.com/clips_oldschool.htm Deadlivestock.com
  17. http://www.deadlivestock.com/clips_theearlyyears.htm Deadlivestock.com
  18. http://www.deadlivestock.com/photos_theearlyyears_norm003.htm Deadlivestock.com
  19. http://www.deadlivestock.com/band.htm Deadlivestock.com
  20. http://www.deadlivestock.com/cds.htm Deadlivestock.com
  21. http://www.deadlivestock.com/cds_rupturedsoul.htm Deadlivestock.com
  22. http://www.sunholes.com/about.htm Sunholes.com
  23. http://www.sunholes.com/music.htm Sunholes.com

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