Young Israeli couple share wanderlust vlog about moving to Canada
But the real star of the binge-worthy, addictive series is their golden retriever with a British accent.
Auditioning for roles in Hollywood can be an uphill battle for any actor, let alone one for whom English is not their first language. Israeli actor Eyal Heyne Galli kept hitting roadblocks, until one casting director made a suggestion: Go live in Canada for a few years and work on your accent.
Eyal turned to his partner, Yael Elfanbaum, a fellow Israeli and free spirit. What did they have to lose? So the couple decided to make the leap. "I always wanted to live abroad and try different things," Galli told From The Grapevine. The two picked up and moved to Toronto in September 2017, and have been documenting their journey in a video series on YouTube called "Making it in Canada" ever since.
The couple's chemistry oozes off the screen. Even their names – Eyal and Yael – are amalgams of each other. But unlike most posts on social media – where people show off their best assets in selfies and vacation photos – the couple instead attempts to show real life. "People have the opportunity to see the challenges that we are facing and feel that they are not alone," Yael explained.
Episodes follow the charming couple, both 33, as they navigate life in the Great White North. They experience their first snow, deal with immigration lawyers and prep for job interviews. Yael cries on camera, baring her feelings and her anxieties.
"It's a big challenge for us to put a camera on all the time and document our lives," said Elfanbaum, who admits to never wearing makeup. "Editing the story of our lives is a way to deal with everything that I'm dealing with. I guess there's something therapeutic about it for me to deal with stuff through the footage that I'm filming."
The first episode features the two of them building an IKEA bed (a task which might break up most couples). During other scenes, mood-appropriate music plays in the background. While hilariously trying to catch a bee that flew into their apartment, the famous classical piece "Flight of the Bumblebee" rumbles onto the soundtrack. The show is addictive and binge-worthy. After each 10-minute episode, you say to yourself, "Just one more," before clicking onto the next video.
The vlog has made them quasi-celebrities in their Toronto neighborhood. A couple in their apartment building who watches the series saw Eyal in the lobby and rushed up to tell him they were fans of the show. "So now we are friends," Yael exclaimed.
The real star of the series is their 7-year-old golden retriever, Nala, who goes everywhere with them – on vacation, to the park, to run errands. Indeed, parts of each episode are told from the viewpoint of the dog.
Galli and Elfanbaum met 11 years ago in acting school and have been together ever since. Yael went on to film school and is now preparing to run a workshop at George Brown College in Ontario about storytelling in virtual reality. She's also working as a freelance video editor with a couple of Toronto-based firms. (She was in the middle of editing Episode 18 while we chatted during our interview.)
As for Eyal, what's he up to? "I want to do more or less what I did in Israel, which is to act in theater and TV and film, and be a private acting coach." He's also a writer; a play he worked on was produced in Israel a few weeks ago. "It's a dark comedy about happiness, faith, and the infinite suffering in between," he told us with a laugh.
Galli has also been taking acting classes and even tried improv for the first time with the famed Second City troupe. And not to worry: he's honing his accent, too. In "Making it in Canada," Nala talks. And Eyal is voicing the dog's impeccable English accent.
You can watch the first episode here:
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