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.
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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
I have another dancer for you. I'm so inspired talking to all these dancers. They understand my love of JLo and Janet. They get it they understand me See you guys I was meant to be a dancer Anyways, if you are a dancer, musician, or actor, welcome. And in case you missed last week's episode, where I introduced the sing dance act, thrive progress pathway coaching program. I help musicians, actors and dancers who are driven to succeed, but struggle to get ahead. I help them cultivate authentic connections with audiences and industry gatekeepers, so that they can build a thriving career in the arts without feeling overwhelmed or doubting themselves. If you want to stop letting fear and a lack of knowledge holds you back, I can empower you with confidence and profile building strategies to propel you to the next level.
So if that kind of sounded like you, why don't you apply for a free coaching session with me, dianefoy.com/booking, we'll figure out where you want to go and see if we're a match for me to help you get there. That could be for anyone around the world because the sessions are just on zoom online. So I hope you guys take advantage of that. If you go to the thing and you don't see a free appointment, just wait a few days and a few more will pop up, hopefully.
So today's guest is Dora award winner, four time nominee Anissa Tejpar is a graduate of Canada's National Ballet School, and is co-artistic director of hit and run dance productions. We had a fabulous conversation about the upcoming Encore! dance hall of fame event by dance collection dance, where she's producing the performances, the Canadian dance hall of fame and it'll be held in Toronto. Anisa is very passionate about dance so I'm sure you'll be inspired, hearing her talk about her career and the amazing experiences that she's had, including dancing works by Christopher House and Guillaume Côté, working in film and television and producing events for the Rolling Stones, Mac cosmetics, Casa Loma and the Toronto International Film Festival. She's a current board member for Canada's National Ballet School.
Links & Transcript visit http://singdanceactthrive.com/042
You have the power to change lives with your talents. I help musicians, actors, and dancers cultivate authentic connections with audiences and industry gatekeepers so that they can build a thriving career in the arts, without feeling overwhelmed or doubting themselves. If you want to stop letting fear and a lack of knowledge hold you back, I can empower you with confidence and profile-building strategies to propel you to the next level.
This episode introduces the Sing! Dance! Act! Thrive! Progress Pathway.
Hello and welcome to episode #40 of Sing! Dance! Act! Thrive!
Katie Zaccardi is a songwriter, artist, music industry professional, and certified yoga instructor. Through her work in both music and wellness, along with her own experience with a generalized anxiety disorder, Katie discovered the urgent need for a conversation surrounding mental health and self-care within the music industry.
Realizing the music industry’s demand for an honest discussion on such topics as mental and physical wellbeing, Katie established Out To Be. Out To Be advocates a balanced path to personal and professional success that is grounded in wellness. At its core is the idea that what you set out to do, you turn out to be; that no matter where you begin, you make your own way to the most authentic you.
The Out To Be Podcast invites listeners to engage with insightful dialogue on all things wellness and their relation to working in music. Through the Out To Be Coaching platform, Katie supports artists and professionals with a personalized approach centered on cultivating positive actions & attitudes.
For Links and transcript visit http://singdanceactthrive.com/040
Hello and welcome to episode 39 of Sing! Dance! Act! Thrive!
How is your 2020 going so far? Mine has been great. I’ve been working non-stop on something special for you all. I’m so excited to soon launch the Sing! Dance! Act! Thrive! Progress Pathway coaching program.
I help musicians, actors, and dancers cultivate authentic connections with audiences and industry gatekeepers so that they can build a thriving career in the arts, without feeling overwhelmed or doubting themselves. If you want to stop letting fear and a lack of knowledge hold you back, I can empower you with confidence and profile building strategies to propel you to the next level.
The performers already in the program are saying that its life changing and that is so rewarding. To give you a hint of the pathway I can tell you that all 6 phases start with a C
BONUS C’s: Courage & Creativity
Courage and Creativity will be themes throughout all the phases as building and maintaining a career in the arts takes courage. As a creativity coach, I understand the anxiety and internal struggles that come up so you will have one on one support.
All the details are coming very soon and I will be giving away some free coaching sessions in March. If you are interested shoot me an email diane (at) dianefoy (dot) com and I’ll send you the link to apply for a spot once it is available.
Today’s guest is the Artistic Director of KasheDance, Kevin A. Ormsby. He works as a dancer/choreographer and Arts Strategies Consultant. He is the Program Manager for Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO), Professor of Dance Performance at Centennial College and an Adjunct Artist with Dance Exchange in Washington, DC. He has so many titles and awards that I won’t mention them all here. With career that spans over 30 years, he has performed with various companies and projects in Canada, Caribbean and the United States. He currently sits on the Board of Nia Centre for the Arts, Dance Collection Danse and Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts.
For links and a transcript visit singdanceactthrive.com/039
Hello and welcome to episode 38 of Sing! Dance! Act! Thrive!
Today’s guest is Toronto born and raised of Filipino descent, multidisciplinary artist Diana Reyes also known as FLY LADY DI, I can relate to that because of course wanted to also be a fly girl and I was often called Lady Di. Anyways, Fly Lady Di has been rocking stages for over a decade through Dance, DJing and Visual Art. Voted Outstanding Performance and Outstanding Design by NOW Magazine, her one-woman dance creation THIRD WORLD presented by SummerWorks sold out a three-show run. As a DJ, she has played events for Dior at TIFF, the Toronto Maple Leafs, Twitter, Reebok, Rihanna's Fenty Beauty, SOHO House, AGO, and FUNKBOX NYC. Diana has danced with artists like Jason Derulo, Ciara, Fall Out Boy, Fabolous, Luther Brown, and she was in the movie Honey. She has also had artistic engagements internationally in places like South Korea, the Philippines, the United Arab Emirates, New York, Los Angeles, Colombia, Germany, Scotland and India.
For links and a transcript visit singdanceactthrive.com/038
February is Black History Month and there are many events happening across Canada to celebrate. TD bank held a launch event at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto this week.
Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee and pioneering hip-hop legend Maestro Fresh Wes hosted the event. He has recently become the first rap artist to ever have a song inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. His legendary single “Let Your Backbone Slide” was the first rap recording to reach Gold and Platinum Status. As an actor, Wes Williams has appeared in several film and television roles including 8 seasons on CBC’s hit sitcom Mr. D. He is also an author of the 2010 motivational book “Stick To Your Vision” and has presented Ted Talks on Self-Revision.
A WIFT-T Crystal Award recipient, the always fearless Tonya Williams has established herself as a force to be reckoned with. In 1979, Tonya was one of the first black actresses to break into mainstream Canadian television. She is best known for her twenty year starring role as Dr. Olivia Barber Winters on the popular daytime drama "The Young and The Restless". The role garnered Tonya two Emmy Nominations and numerous national and international awards, including two NAACP Image Awards and an ACTRA Award of Excellence. In 2001, Tonya created the Reelworld Film Festival as a means of empowering racially diverse talent in Canada.
Hello and welcome to episode 36 of Sing! Dance! Act! Thrive!
As we are at the beginning of a new year and a new decade I thought that it was a good time to talk about future visioning. In episode 33, I talked about vision boards with Andrea Hendron who is a mindfulness practitioner, reiki master and life coach so definitely go back and check that out if you missed it.
By taking a moment to really visualize what you want your life to be like in the future you can better determine the steps required to make it happen. 10 years in the future is a good time to think about because it is long enough away that anything is possible.
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