Norman was born on August 23rd 1963 in Toronto, Canada, and moved to the capital city of Ottawa in 1969. He still lives there to this day with his wife and two children, Matthew and Hayley.
Acting and voice acting
In 1996, Norm joined the BigTime Productions as an actor for Murder Mystery productions and other theatrical events. 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). 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 Garnier, Kijiji, and Hasbro.
Norm continues to cast in video productions to this day.
Through his studio, Norman has written works for many different companies. His work includes scripts for live stage performances, commercials, corporate events, and variety shows for radio. He has also written for Ottawa Life Magazine, having published a short story and a bi-monthly humour column.
As a producer, Norm has written scripts for several short films, such as BLAST, Puppet and Good for the Soul. He also writes for web and TV series, namely for The Writer's Block and Gentle Bend.
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. After Fred and Al's departure, Greg Friend (keyboard/vocals), Steven Bird (second bass player) and Anthony a.k.a. Tony Chhangur (drums) joined Norm (guitar/vocals) and Paul (guitar/vocals). The pop ska/reggae style band was then renamed Silent Q. It played between 1982 and 1983 in Ottawa to great success. 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. The band changed its name again to The Initiatives. However, in 1985, the group disbanded for good.
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. In the 2000s, after converting to digital, he began the Deadlivestock project along with Buddy Munt and Alphonso Brouilliard. He created four CDs of original material while the fifth was cancelled before its official release in 2011. In January 2012, Norman moved on to his second project, Sun Holes. So far, he has produced three CDs, with the most recent having been released in 2014.
Norman's musical career is ongoing, although he does it mostly for fun.
- 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
- 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).
- ↑ http://www.deadlivestock.com/
- ↑ http://www.sunholes.com/
- ↑ http://www.deadlivestock.com/photos_theearlyyears_norm005.htm Deadlivestock.com
- ↑ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0075386/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm IMDb.com
- ↑ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norm_Berketa Wikipedia.com
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 http://www.twb.nmbproductions.com/writers_norm_01.htm TWB.NMBproductions.com
- ↑ 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
- ↑ http://www.bigtimemurder.com/murder-mystery-company/casting-ottawa-toronto-kingston/ Bigtimemurder.com
- ↑ http://www.bigtimeproductions.ca/cast-casting-actors.php Bigtimeproductions.ca
- ↑ http://www.norm.nmbproductions.com/
- ↑ http://www.mensour.ca/portfolio/norman-mikeal-berketa/ Mensour.ca
- ↑ http://www.nmbproductions.com/writing.htm NMBproductions.com
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 http://www.twb.nmbproductions.com/writers_norm_02.htm TWB.NMBproductions.com
- ↑ http://www.creative.nmbproductions.com/projects_past.htm Creative.NMBproductions.com
- ↑ http://www.deadlivestock.com/clips_silentq.htm Deadlivestock.com
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 16.2 http://www.deadlivestock.com/clips_oldschool.htm Deadlivestock.com
- ↑ http://www.deadlivestock.com/clips_theearlyyears.htm Deadlivestock.com
- ↑ http://www.deadlivestock.com/photos_theearlyyears_norm003.htm Deadlivestock.com
- ↑ http://www.deadlivestock.com/band.htm Deadlivestock.com
- ↑ http://www.deadlivestock.com/cds.htm Deadlivestock.com
- ↑ http://www.deadlivestock.com/cds_rupturedsoul.htm Deadlivestock.com
- ↑ http://www.sunholes.com/about.htm Sunholes.com
- ↑ http://www.sunholes.com/music.htm Sunholes.com