Sing! Dance! Act! Thrive!
Summary: Sing! Dance! Act! Thrive! Entertainment Publicist and creativity coach Diane Foy has conversations with thriving performing artists and industry influencers on what it takes to succeed. Solo shows offer coaching drawn from her 25 years’ experience as a multi-passionate creative entrepreneur. This podcast will empower you to thrive in the arts.
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.
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.
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.
Dora Award winner, Anisa Tejpar is a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School and is the Co-Artistic Director of Hit & Run Dance Productions. We had a fabulous conversation about the upcoming Encore! Dance Hall of Fame event by Dance Collection Danse where she is producing the performances.
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.
Katie Zaccardi is a songwriter, artist, music industry professional, and certified yoga instructor. She is a wellness coach for women in music and the host of the Out To Be podcast. 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.
With a career that spans over 30 years, dancer, choreographer Kevin A. Ormsby has performed with various companies and projects in Canada, the Caribbean, and the United States. He is the Artistic Director of KasheDance, and works as an Arts Strategies Consultant.
Toronto born and raised of Filipino descent, multidisciplinary artist Diana Reyes also known as FLY LADY DI, has been rocking stages for over a decade through Dance, DJing and Visual Art.
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 featuring Hip Hop Pioneer Maestro Fresh Wes and Actor Tonya Williams with performances by Canada's R&B Soul Queen Jully Black and Juno Award-winning Reggae artist Exco Levi. In this episode, you will hear inspiring words from Maestro and Tonya about mentorship and their experiences in the entertainment industry.
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. 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.
Widely considered one of Toronto’s Hip Hop legends, Solitair’s many contributions have made an indelible impact on the Canadian urban music landscape, and the music industry as a whole. As Solitair came into prominence as a highly sought after producer, he worked on albums by a number of Canadian heavyweights, including Choclair, Kardinal Offishall, Jully Black, k-os, Maestro Fresh Wes’ and The Rascalz.
Erin Pride is a personal dance education coach and she's also the host of the Dance Boss podcast. We had a good conversation about her career as a dancer and dance instructor, but also we share some resources of different books and podcasts that you may be interested in as a creative entrepreneur.
Andrea Hendron is a Life coach, Mindfulness Practioner, Reiki Master, and the Creator of Andrea's Soul Chats. My plan was to do a solo episode talking about future visioning and creating vision boards and as I was preparing I began thinking about my friend Andrea. She took the idea of vision boards and expanded on it to develop intuitive Oracle Board coaching sessions, workshops, and retreats. Her approach goes deeper than mine ever will so I knew that I had to invite her on the show to share her experience in this area.
Today’s guest is Robert Carli, who is one of Canada’s busiest and most in-demand composers for Film & Television. His music has received numerous industry awards and nominations, including 20 Gemini and Canadian Screen Award nominations, 5 Gemini Awards and 3 Canadian Screen Awards. He is the recipient of several SOCAN Awards for domestic television.
Today's episode is about why do some performing artists thrive while others spend years struggling to breakthrough. I've worked with hundreds of performing artists and the competitive edge for many has been that they have a clear message of who they are and what they stand for. And they know how to communicate that to connect with people. Talent is not enough. If you think about your favorite musicians, actors, dancers, I'm sure that you love them for more than just their talent. You are attracted to their image or personality, or you connect to the personal stories and experiences that they've shared