Hello and welcome to episode 052 of Sing! Dance! Act! Thrive!
Today’s guest Darryl Hurs is the founder of Indie Week, a music festival and conference that takes place annually in Toronto, Canada that showcases acts from all over the world. This year like many events they are transitioning it into an online conference which is taking place November 10th to 14th. Darryl is also the Canadian representative for CD Baby, an online distribution company that gets independent artists onto all the major streaming and purchasing platforms.
This episode is jam-packed with information so I’ll get straight to the interview.
For links and a transcript visit http://singdanceactthrive.com/052
Hello and welcome to episode 51 of Sing! Dance! Act! Thrive!
Today’s guest is Gemini and Stage Raw Theatre award-winning actor Cara Pifko who has played the recurring character of Paige Novick on the 39 time Emmy Award-nominated television show Better Call Saul since 2016.
Acting professionally since the age of 7, she practically grew up on Canadian television shows including Sharon, Lois, and Bram’s The Elephant Show, Road to Avonlea, Our Hero, Human Cargo and This is Wonderland which in the lead role garnered her the Gemini award for Best Actress.
During her transition from child to adult actor, Pifko became a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada and later made the move to Los Angeles, California. As she became known for her dramatic acting skills, guest star roles on CSI Miami, Without A Trace, NCIS, CSI NY, and The Fosters followed.
Pifko’s Canadian connection remains strong with her appearances on CBC television’s longest-running one-hour drama Heartland, which is broadcasted in more than 100 countries.
She has appeared in many films including Steven Spielberg directed Ready Player One and her starring role in the Lifetime TV movie I Me Wed. Lending her voice to multiple episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the video games Mass Effect 2 and 3, she has become a sought after voice-over actor.
Pifko balances her acting career with a passion for coaching actors, performers, and storytellers on writing and voice-over acting.
We had a really interesting and wonderful chat about her whole acting journey so I know that you will enjoy it.
For links and a transcript visit http://singdanceactthrive.com/051
Hello and welcome to episode 50 of Sing! Dance! Act! Thrive!
Anyone else feel like saying “Let’s try that again!” What a strange time we’re going through, and even though you might be dreaming of rolling back the clock to January and starting again, I believe we can learn from our current situation instead.Maybe you’re feeling guilty for not always being 100% productive all the time. Maybe you had BIG plans for your career and you’ve watched those come to a screeching halt.I’m here to tell you it’s okay! That’s normal!My business has changed as well and I’m so grateful that I can help musicians and actors build confidence, get known, and achieve goals so that you can cultivate a thriving career in the arts without feeling overwhelmed or doubting yourself.
I know that often times it is fear and a lack of knowledge in certain areas that hold us back from achieving our goals. That is why to kickstart Fall 2020, I’m offering a free coaching session just for YOU!No, we can’t start again, but we can move forward making the best of what we have.Tell me, will you make the commitment to move forward? Book your free session by visiting http://dianefoy.com/thrive and let's set you up to rock 2021!
Now today’s guest is one of the most successful vocal coaches in North America, Lorraine Lawson is privileged to be the Vocal Coach for CTV’s ‘The Launch' and Season 5 of the hit show ‘Schitt’s Creek’. Other clients include Grammy nominee Kai, dance sensation; Blake McGrath, Canadian superstars Roy Woods (OVO), Kira Isabella, Scott Helman (Warner). She also works with Musical Theatre and TV Actors such as Ian Lake, Brenton Thwaites, and Emily Hampshire.
Deemed “Canada’s Mariah Carey” by the National Post, Lorraine has released three critically-acclaimed jazz and pop albums, countless dance singles, radio jingles, and has performed all over the world.
Lorraine is the proud founder of Lawson Vocal Studios where she is able to combine her years of experience coaching, recording, and performing. She is committed to providing singers with innovative programming and achieving exceptional results.
For links and a transcript visit http://singdanceactthrive.com/050
Hello and welcome to episode 49 of Sing! Dance! Act! Thrive!
Can I share a secret with you? I can’t do what I do without the guidance of my previous and current coaches and mentors showing me the way. Until a few years ago, I was 100% DIY and that is a respected way of doing things as I’m sure many of you are currently trying to build your career all on your own. However, since I discovered coaching I have seen that life is so much easier when someone with more experience than you in an area that you lack shows you the way.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀That is why I show up for my musician and actor clients. Although I am passionate about arts and entertainment, I really do what I do because it allows me to connect with other creatives on a personal level. I am able to have an impact on their lives by helping them build confidence, grow their audience and achieve goals so that they can build a thriving career in the arts without feeling overwhelmed or doubting themselves.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀That is what my coaches do for me and I’m very grateful. I still hustle but now I hustle with a clear plan of action to achieve the life of my dreams. There are a million reasons why I love my job, but this is what really lights me up.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Who is your supporter?
This upcoming month I am offering free coaching sessions to qualified musicians and actors who are driven to succeed but lack a strategic plan. If you want to stop letting fear and a lack of knowledge hold you back, I can guide you with strategies to propel you to the next level. To apply visit dianefoy.com/thrive
Speaking of coaches and mentors, my guest today and I work with the same coach in Dallas Travers and that is how we connected.
Bret Shuford is a veteran singer, dancer, and actor of eight Broadway shows including Beauty and the Beast, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Little Mermaid, and is currently in the Broadway cast of Wicked.
Hailing from Texas, Bret has been living deep in the heart of the acting world since he moved to New York City in 1999. He has appeared in several feature films including The Wolf of Wall Street, network television such as Law & Order SVU and The Good Fight, and several web series. Shuford’s best collaboration has been with ballet dancer, actor, and husband, Stephen Hanna, and together they host the Broadway Husbands' podcast.
As the Broadway Life Coach his mission is to help artists bridge the gap between creativity and commerce so that fulfillment becomes the norm rather than the exception in show-business. Bret hopes to continue working as an actor on Broadway and in television/film while helping other actors reach their goals.
For links and a transcript visit singdanceactthrive.com/049
Hello and welcome to episode 48 of Sing! Dance! Act! Thrive!
I’m very excited about my guest today! Michael Des Barres is a European Marquis, raised in England, and living in Los Angeles. He has appeared in over 150 hours of American television, including roles on MacGyver, Seinfeld, and Roseanne, as well as more than 40 feature films including To Sir, With Love with Sidney Poitier and has sold over 7 million albums as both a recording artist and songwriter, beginning with his days as the frontman for such seminal 1970s bands as Silverhead and Detective, a band personally signed by Jimmy Page to Led Zeppelin’s Swan Song records.
Michael was also the touring singer for the Duran Duran spin-off group, The Power Station, performing at Live Aid with one of the most iconic live acts of the mid-1980s. From 1982 to 1984, Michael was a member of Chequered Past, which included Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols and Clem Burke and Nigel Harrison of Blondie. In 1983, Michael penned the song “Obsession”, which later became a number one hit in 27 countries for LA new wave group Animotion; the track continues to be featured in countless movies, television shows, and commercials.
At 72 years old, he is an active musician, actor, writer and now DJ as he starts his weekday mornings hosting The Michael Des Barres Program on Little Steven's Underground Garage on SiriusXM Radio. A documentary on his life has just been released called Who Do You Want Me To Be? That you can watch on Amazon.
Hello and welcome to episode 47 of Sing! Dance! Act! Thrive!
What are you waiting for? This season, I’ve found myself longing for the completely booked coaching practice that I had planned for at the beginning of this year and although patience is not my strongest virtue, I keep reminding myself that good things take time and I’m enjoying helping the clients that I do have to build confidence, increase profile and achieve goals so that they can build a thriving career in the arts without feeling overwhelmed to doubting themselves. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The same goes for you: We couldn’t plan for this global pandemic that instantly took away most of your performing and side gig income! This season won’t last forever, and when it comes it will be better than you could have imagined!
What action can you take today that will lay the groundwork for success when this quarantine is over?
Okay, I also get it that you’ve put so much time and effort into your music or acting career. Your mind starts to wander, and you catch yourself comparing yourself to others. You wonder why your career isn’t as big as theirs. "Why don’t I get those opportunities?" STOP!
No matter your niche, your talent and personality are unique to its own. Don’t get distracted. It’s okay to take your career at whatever pace fits your life. Be patient and stay persistent. I’m telling you; you will be amazing!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀I will even help you by offering a free coaching session, so if you want to stop letting fear and a lack of knowledge hold you back I can empower you with strategies to propel you to the next level.
To sign up visit Diane Foy.com go to the thrive coaching section and you can apply for an appointment to see If I can help you on get on track to achieve your goals. Let’s set you up to rock 2021.
Now onto today’s show. My favourite story to come out of this pandemic is the Pandemic Pie Project by Bradley Harder. Bradley is a multi-passionate and talented creative entrepreneur who has had careers in animation, fine art, film production, music, restaurants, bars, construction, and many more. I can completely relate to managing multiple careers at once or changing careers often.
During this pandemic, he started to bake pies for his friends and neighbours and before he knew it he was baking pies and giving them away to anyone who wanted one in Toronto. How amazing is that? I’ve tried the blueberry pie and it was fantastic!
Along the way he has been featured on CBC news, Breakfast television and various other media outlets and many people and brands have donated money and supplies so that he can keep this generosity going. And maybe when this pandemic Bradley will open up his own bakery.
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Hello and welcome to episode 46 of Sing! Dance! Act! Thrive!
Calling all ARTISTS, MUSICIANS, ACTORS: You once dreamed of being where you are right now! It can be tempting to stress over not being able to perform live or missing out on the connections you would have made during that cancelled festival or conference, but at the moment you are >>>>THIS<<<< close to getting what you dreamed of. Now is not the time to doubt, but to make your dreams a reality.
I’ve used this time to increase engagement on social media, content creation, brand photography, joined another coaching program and added to my own program that empowers performing artists to BUILD CONFIDENCE, INCREASE PROFILE, & ACHIEVE GOALS.What action can you take today that will lay the groundwork for success when this quarantine is over?
One action you can take is I will offer you a free coaching session so if you want to join visit Diane Foy.com go to the thrive coaching section and you can apply book an appointment to see If I can help you on get on track to achieve your goals. Let's set you up to rock 2021.
Today’s show is a bit of a twist. I was recently interviewed on Rainbow Country by the fabulous Mark Tara and I thought you might like to hear it and learn more about me. Rainbow Country is a radio show on CIUT 89.5FM in Toronto and is also the #1 LGBT podcast going into its 5th season offering a blend of music and interviews giving voice to the LGBT community. Mark has some exciting things in store so I will be having him on the show soon. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this interview. Connect with me and let me know what you think.
This podcast has so many listeners from all over the world and I’m curious to know who you are and what topics you would like to see more of.
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Hello and welcome to episode 45 of Sing! Dance! Act! Thrive!
How is everyone doing during this isolation time? Toronto is starting to re-open some retail and services, but it will be a while before we can enjoy live concerts and theatre and film and television can begin shooting again.
As an introvert I’ve been thriving! I have been so productive these last couple of months preparing content for all of you wonderful performing artists. It has been great to connect in the Thriving Musicians & Actors Facebook group. If you haven’t already, please join us at http://dianefoy.com/facebook as I am planning some great free content that will only be available inside the group. Facebook groups is where it is at these days.
Today’s guest is someone I connected with inside a facebook group.
Jennifer Pielak is a performing artist and coach from Vancouver, Canada. She’s a multi-disciplinary performer with over 15 years of professional experience in comedy improv, musical theatre, musical improv, experimental/physical theatre, singing, voice acting and TV/film/commercials. She has trained and performed at improv theatres and festivals across North America, founded the group Off Key Musical Improv, co-wrote the Ovation Award Nominated Connected: The Musical and has most notably performed in local theatre productions as Marcy in Dogfight and Maureen in RENT.
She recently created and performed in an experimental musical theatre piece - about the inner voices in her head - called Inside Voices: A Musical in the Key of P for the Vancouver Fringe Festival with her long-time creative partner, Peter Abando (composer & musician). She can be seen playing Jessica Mulroney in the Lifetime Movie Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal, and her improv skills have led her to book many commercials over the years (most notable are Lays, Danimals, Nintendo, & Paypal). Jennifer has a degree in Psychology and Philosophy and has over a decade of experience teaching kids, teens and adults.
I hope you enjoy this episode and if so can I ask you to do me a favor?
Can you leave a review on apple podcasts, stitcher, castbox or a new option is Podchaser which is not an app but a directory and social network for podcasting which is pretty cool. You can follow your favourite podcasts but also your favourite guests and it will notify you if they appear on other show.
For links and a transcript visit http://singdanceactthrive.com/045
Hello and welcome to episode #44 of Sing! Dance! Act! Thrive!
Today’s guest is Jason McCoy who with The Road Hammers has won 5 Canadian Country Music Awards, a JUNO award, and SOCAN Songwriter of the Year. They are the best selling Canadian country band of all time. Before The Road Hammers, Jason was already a very successful solo artist winning the CCMA Male Vocalist of the Year twice, 3 SOCAN Song of the Year awards, 19 CCMA nominations and 5 Juno nominations. In 2006, he was awarded with the Global Artist Award at the CMA Awards in Nashville.
Jason recently announced the development of the We Are 1 World Project with the release of the song ‘We Are One’, a powerful message of hope, recorded by renowned musicians and singers in isolation from across the world. The COVID-19 virus started with one person and has spread to all parts of the globe, affecting the health and well-being of the entire planet, and “We Are One”, is a song of unity, to celebrate the power of one, together in isolation.
The first version of the song ‘We Are One’ is being released from Jason McCoy and Friends, which included Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies, the Harlem Gospel Choir, Tim Hicks, Deric Ruttan, Gordie Johnson, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, and many more. With all proceeds from the song going towards The Red Cross COVID-19 Relief Effort, including International Red Cross and Global Citizen, “We Are One” aims to create awareness, hope, joy and raise much needed funds and demonstrate The Power of One.
For links and a transcript visit http://singdanceactthrive.com/044
Today’s guest is the author of The Enneagram & You: Understand Your Personality Type and How it Can Transform Your Relationships, Gina Gomez. I am fascinated by personality type systems so it was great to learn from an expert on the enneagram. As a relationship coach, Gina shows us how using the wisdom of the enneagram can strengthen your personal, professional and romantic relationships. The enneagram is an effective personality classification system that describes the characteristics, behaviors, and core values of nine different personality types—enneatypes—each identified by a number. The Enneagram & You helps you identify your personality type so you can discover how to best interact with your family, friends, coworkers, and love interests. You’ll also learn about each type pairing—from Type 1 with Type 1 to a Type 9 with Type 9 and every combination in between—as well as the harmonies and challenges each pairing faces and advice on how to effectively communicate and better understand what each personality type needs to feel fully engaged, known, and valued.Armed with this knowledge, you’ll begin to anticipate your reactions and responses to the various people in your life. And you’ll also be able to better comprehend their reactions and responses to you. By understanding your own strengths and recognizing areas for growth, you can improve your relationships in ways that might have previously seemed impossible. Applying the wisdom of the enneagram-based personality types can lead to better connections and a deeper understanding of yourself and those around you!
Gina is also the co-host of the Modern Enneagram Podcast and you can find links and a transcript at http://singdanceactthrive.com/043
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