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Author: Diane Foy

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Creative PR and marketing coach Diane Foy has conversations with thriving musicians, actors, dancers, and industry influencers on what it takes to succeed in the arts. Solo shows offer coaching drawn from her 25 years’ experience as a multi-passionate creative entrepreneur.

Guests have included musicians Akon, Bif Naked, Sass Jordan, Jason McCoy, Clayton Bellamy, Marc Jordan, live music producer Tom Jackson, music producers Timbaland and Joe Solo, actor/musician Michael Des Barres, actor Glenn Scarpelli, Meisner acting coach Adrian Griffin,  Tap Dancer Travis Knights, Dancer/Choreographer Kevin Ormsby, Broadway & Symphony star Capathia Jenkins, and Broadway Life Coach Bret Shuford.
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Hello and welcome to episode 63 of Sing! Dance! Act! Thrive! 2020 reinforced for me that we in the entertainment industry need community, we need to ask for help, and we need to offer help when we can. My offer to help:As a PR & marketing coach,I help musicians and actors attract fans, media, and industry so that they can book gigs and make money with their talents, without feeling overwhelmed or doubting themselves.After 16 years as an entertainment publicist, I’ve made a milestone decision for 2021 to no longer offer publicity services and go all-in on coaching because that’s where I can have a deeper impact. This is why I’ve set a goal to give away 45 FREE coaching sessions in 45 days so I can truly be of service to as many people as possible.If you haven’t yet had an introductory session with me, now is the time! You will gain some clarity on your goals and the challenges that you face in achieving them.It’s totally free to book your session– no catch, no strings attached.  I’ll tell you more about how to work with me moving forward if you are curious about that, but at the very least, you should jump on the free session. asking for help:I’m asking you to help me meet my challenge. Can you think of 2-3 other musicians or actors who want to attract more fans, media, and industry attention but lack a strategic plan? And if you can, I am asking if you could share this episode with them.My challenge kicks off March 1st. Thank you so much for your help and I hope to see you on zoom soon.My guest today knows all about the importance of community as the creator of the popular Music Biz Besties group. Katherine Forbes is the founder of Nashville-based website and brand design company, Designing the Row, with a client roster that includes over a dozen GRAMMY Award-winning and nominated artists. She is known for her clean and simple design style and recognized as a Squarespace Expert and Squarespace Authorized Trainer. Music Biz Besties is a community of thousands of female musicians and industry professionals from around the world with chapters as far from Nashville as Melbourne AUS. Her work has been featured on and she’s spoken on panels hosted by YELP, the Music Business Association, and many others. Katherine believes that "your success depends on you taking action" and she's passionate about motivating and encouraging others to do just that!During our chat, you will learn what makes a good website, the common mistakes people make, SEO and why she prefers Squarespace over the other options out there. Katherine also shares some lessons that she has learned during her time in music management and through Music Biz Besties.For links and a transcript visit
Hello and welcome to episode 61 of Sing! Dance! Act! Thrive!Today I am sharing with you the recording of a Q&A session I hosted during the Screen x Screen music and tech conference that is happening right now. It is a new virtual conference presented by Indie Week. Indie Week is turning into Indie Year with another virtual conference Indie 101 coming up in April 20-24. INDIE 101 is focused on education for artists and emerging music businesses. The founder of Indie Week and the Canadian Marketing rep for CD Baby Darryl Hurs was my guest on episode 51 of this podcast if you would like to check that out.Be sure to register now for super early bird tickets at only $20! It goes up to $60 March 9th or whenever the early bird tickets are sold out.The artists and industry taking part in this session include NJ Taylor, Maeve Badger, Mary Di Mambro, manager of Pyramid Theorem, Sandeep Swaminathan, John Maksym, Bryant Didier.You may want to take notes as we talk all about Instagram, Facebook, Clubhouse, when is it time to hire a publicist, how to connect with your ideal audience, how I got into this crazy business, how I coach artists to succeed and the running theme of this podcast, why knowing your why motivation is so important.  links and a transcript visit
Hello and welcome to episode 61 of Sing! Dance! Act! Thrive!Ever hear of the 5 W’s and 1 H? People often ask me how…. How is my pr and marketing coaching for musicians and actors different from other coaching or training out there? And it's a great question.At the core, I believe in exploring the 5 W’s before we get to the H. This means my clients explore:WHAT they really want and what they have to offer (recordings, live performances, acting for film/tv, merchandise)WHO they truly are and who is most likely to appreciate their talents and what they offerWHEN will they share their talents and offeringsWHERE will they share their talents and offerings& WHY they want it, our why motivation is what drives us to keep going no matter what obstacles come our wayOnly then can we be successful with the HOW of marketing, social media, and publicity.I truly believe that how I approach helping musicians and actors attract fans, media and industry authentically is what gets the results they desire.If you want to learn more I have a free resource called How to Attract Fans, Media, and industry for musicians and actors. The 6C Phase Roadmap to Book Gigs & Make Money that you can download at’s guest is Monica Strut, an Australian musician and career coach for bands. After working for years as a music journalist and digital marketer (and seeing too many of her talented peers give up on music early on in their careers), she started her coaching business to help emerging bands get the exposure they deserve.  Through her coaching, consulting, online courses, Facebook group, and Being in a Band podcast she has helped hundreds of musicians become empowered to reach the next level in their careers.During our conversation, she offers up some great tips on social media marketing, Spotify playlisting, and how to balance a day job while pursuing your dreams. For links and a transcript visit
Hello and welcome to episode 60 of Sing! Dance! Act! Thrive!Are you a performer or creative who just wants to feel your best on-the- daily? Yeah, me too. Great minds think alike!As actors, musicians and creatives, we want to make an impact on the world around us. That means bringing the best of ourselves to everything we do. And we often miss the fundamental link between performing our best and feeling our best.It is just a hard fact of the entertainment industry that our energy, our confidence, and the way we look (whatever amazing way that is ;) are huge parts of booking any job. And how ​you are taking care of your instrument is the biggest contributing factor in ​y​our appearance, ​y​our energy, and ​y​our mood. ​Yo​ur instrument is the only thing ​you​ truly have control over in this business!Today’s guest is my friend Moniqua Plante, who is an actor most known for her guest-starring season-long arc on ABC's Nashville, and recurring guest-starring roles on shows like Drop Dead Diva, Banshee, and Southland. Moniqua is also a Certified Health + Confidence Coach for Actors and Creatives, and she truly believes that our health and wellness directly affects everything else we do in life—especially as creative beings.We had a wonderful conversation about her acting career, how experiences in the industry lead her to take control of her health and how she helps creatives feel good in their bodies no matter what size they are.Be sure to click the links in the show notes to grab the amazing free gifts she has for you including the Feel Good in Your Body Book and I highly recommend that you take her up on her offer of a free coaching session for our listeners.
Do you choose a word or slogan each year? I’ve chosen “Breakthrough” as my word for 2021.If you ever feel like your progress suddenly just slams into a brick wall, I promise you, I’ve been there! In fact, the harder I work the more frustrating it becomes when I still don’t feel there yet, wherever there is. But I want to tell you that you only hit walls when you’re moving out of your comfort zone. And if you’re hitting walls, you’re still going. If you’re committed to breaking through, be sure to download the free resource How To Attract Fans, Media, & Industry for Musicians and Actors. The 6C Phase Roadmap to Book Gigs & Make Money at Elisa Di Napoli is the best-selling author of the book, online course, and podcast Dare to Be Seen which helps artists command the stage, magnify their presence, and defeat stage nerves so they can share their gifts with their audience and shine their light on the world.She is an artist coach, hypnotherapist, and multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter. She also helps artists who need to find a way forward, get their project going, or figure out how to turn their creative, artistic, or performance skills into a new venture.For Links & Transcript:  
Hello and welcome to episode 58 of Sing! Dance! Act! Thrive!How is everyone doing with the ending of 2020? For me, I’m trying to work on my mindset for the changes I want to make in 2021 and all that I want to accomplish. I’ve hit a point in my life that I’m not letting anything stop me from achieving my goals. And by anything I mean myself.We stop ourselves in so many ways, don’t we? We don’t always acknowledge it as such though. Often the things that we procrastinate on, dismiss as not important, or avoid altogether are the very things we should be facing head-on.Before we get to the interview with Mel, I share some vulnerabilities I have and am working on with the help of fabulous coaches to inspire you to look at your own issues that may be blocking you from achieving your goals.If you are an actor, maybe setting yourself up to self-tape auditions is something you are procrastinating on. I was excited to interview Mel Mack, Casting Director and Founder of Mel Mack Acting Studio in New York City… WOW we had such a great conversation on how the Acting Industry has evolved this year.You may have had to submit your audition as a self-tape occasionally in the past, but now lit’rally ALL your auditions AND callbacks are being handled remotely via self-tape. Even if you’re not an Actor, I betcha a basket of cute kittens that you’re spending a lot more time on camera, eh? Having a killer self-tape that looks and sounds professional reflects right back on your personal professionalism, and boy has Mel seen more than her fair share of disappointing self-tape submissions from Actors who she *knows* are so much better than their self-tape would suggest.📥 Mel has created a guide for you, and it’s soooo juicy, I am so thrilled to share it with you! Mel's 6-Pillars to Self-Tapes that Don’t Suck Ebook is now available f’free baby! 📥If you’ve been wondering how to…💭 Step up your game on camera💭 Know *exactly* what you need to invest in💭 Stop wasting time and energy on materials that don’t reflect your best, profesh youGrab the guide by clicking the link above to get it in your inbox immediately.For other links and a transcript visit 
Hello and welcome to episode 57 of Sing! Dance! Act! Thrive!Hey, remember my guest from episode 49 Broadway Actor Bret Shuford, also known as the Broadway Life Coach. Bret has created this really fun and creative way to add more positivity to your life. The Actor Mindset Reset is a FREE 14-day video series where Bret shares a daily inspirational video highlighting a different aspect of mindfulness, as it relates to the performing arts. Sprinkled throughout the training are seven unique coloring pages created in collaboration with Coloring Broadway to help release anxiety and solidify that day’s training. Inspiration, Musical Theatre, AND coloring? Does it get any better than that?Why coloring? Coloring is a non-cognitive, artistic activity- meaning it both calms your mind and frees your creativity. Coloring is known for lowering cortisol levels, calming nerves, and reducing stress. Damn, I’ve got to revisit those coloring pages and do them.Plus, the act of creating without thinking puts you into the flow state where you are allowing ideas to come and go without forcing them. You become more receptive to the here and now. And regardless of what is happening in our minds as we try so hard to predict the future, the here and now are always beautiful.It’s no surprise that coloring is a favorite backstage activity on Broadway. Kids, adults, especially swings and standbys! Amidst the energy and sometimes chaos, they feel that urge to free their minds and create, create, create.The Actor Mindset Reset is not limited to a specific time period. It will begin whatever day you sign up and continue for two weeks. Visit for the link.Today’s guest is actor, filmmaker, and podcast host Ashley Tabatabai. After growing up in Spain and then attending University in the UK, his focus gravitated towards an acting career. As I’m sure many of you actors can relate, an actor’s life consists of numerous auditions and rejections. Ash wasn’t going to let that stop him so he began to write and produce his own content and went on to premier an award-winning short film at the LA International Short Film Festival.I wanted listeners to hear about his experiences with creating his own content as an actor and about what he has learned from interviewing casting directors on his podcast The Ash Tab Show.
Hello and welcome to episode 55 of Sing! Dance! Act! Thrive!Can I be real with you for a moment? My biggest goal for my coaching business is to help thousands of unstoppable musicians and actors like you attract fans, media, and industry so that you can book gigs and make money with your talents.The plan to get there? By teaching and supporting one artist at a time through my 6 phase roadmap that focuses on small steps and consistency to succeed. Easy as that. The same goes for building your career, attract one superfan or industry supporter at a time by showing up consistently and authentically. You can click the link in the show notes to download the free resource How to attract fans, media, and industry for musicians and actors at making money part of the equation is the tough part as Money can be emotional. Our fears around it can overwhelm us, and even if it’s not true...when we just don’t feel like we have enough, our minds tend to go to the worst places, right? That's why I want to introduce you to Katy Chen Mazzara!Katy is a financial coach who helps creative types make more, worry less, and create true financial freedom. We have the same business coach and I heard her speak at a coaching virtual retreat that we had and I immediately knew that I had to work with her. Then I thought you would benefit from her practical tools and spiritual practices to get you where you want to be with your finances so I invited her on the show. Katy is holding a Masterclass, starting December 8th, and in that Masterclass, she's going to teach you her 6 Steps to Financial Freedom, as well as coach and answer your personal financial questions! And...what I can't believe is...she's doing it for really help you to put a plan together for the new year, so that 2021 can be the year you make more money, pay off debts, buy a house, get started on an investment account or whatever your financial priorities may be! Sign up NOW for the FREE Masterclass so you do not miss out!Here is my conversation with Katy and for links and a transcript visit 
Hello and welcome to episode 54 of Sing! Dance! Act! Thrive!I’m so excited that I have created the ultimate resource to help unstoppable musicians and actors like you attract fans, media, and industry so that you can book gigs and make money with your talents!!!It is called … wait for it… “How To Attract Fans, Media & Industry for Musicians & Actors: The 6 C’s Roadmap to Book Gigs & Make Money!”The Roadmap takes you through 6 in-depth phases that when followed in order will lead to accomplishing your goals. The best part is that it is FREE! You can download it at Be sure to check out the getting started action steps and resources provided in each phase and then join us in the Unstoppable Musicians & Actors Facebook group for additional support.My guest today is Catherine McNally, an award-winning Canadian actor, director, producer, educator as well as an international fellow of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.She recently received Critics Circle Best Actress Award for Mrs Warren’s Profession. She is a recipient of the prestigious Christopher Plummer Fellowship award, Woman in Shakespeare Award, Tyrone Guthrie award, and is one of the top ten artists voted by Now Magazine. As a diverse actor, her selected film/TV credits: Murdoch Mysteries, Anne with an E, The Handmaids Tale, Schitts Creek, 12 Monkeys, Reign, Saving Hope, Flashpoint, and The Whistleblower.She was recently seen in Mrs. Warrens’ Profession, Measure for Measure (Thought for Food) Boston Marriage, Chasing Margaret Flatwood, A Winter’s Tale, The Diary of Anne Frank, and The Orphan Muses.Catherine teaches acting a Toronto Film School, George Brown, and is co-founder of the McNally Kennedy Acting with her husband Robert B. KennedyFor links and a transcript visit 
THE CONFIDENT CREATIVE ACADEMY  a Free Virtual Training event that brings the World’s Top Creative Experts and Transformation Leaders together to teach you how to build your self-confidence to move forward with the creative career you know you are meant to have.Hello and welcome to episode 53 of Sing1 Dance! Act! Thrive!You know those moments where the world seems to crack open and you never see things the same way again? ⠀⠀Mine happened when I discovered coaching as my next calling almost exactly 3 years ago and it restarted my passion for helping musicians and actors succeed by creating new solutions for artists to overcome their challenges. ⠀⠀The real key though was my hiring coaches to overcome my own challenges. ⠀I just signed up for another year-long coaching program so bring on 2021 with my 3 coaches!⠀It is a huge shift in mindset and motivation to go from semi knowing what you want in life, but having no idea how to achieve it to know exactly what you want in life and have the confidence that you have the resources and coaches that will ensure that you will achieve it. It is no longer a question of “if” it’s “when”.⠀As you reflect back on the past year, are you happy with your creative career? Do you feel that you are reaching the level of success that you dream of experiencing? It’s funny how we dedicate so much time, energy, and effort to perfecting our craft, but when it comes to the next steps to get our work out into the world, there doesn’t seem to be a clear path.The truth is, during our formative years we are taught many valuable skills, but most of us are not taught how to build self-confidence, stay inspired, motivated, and follow through with our goals and dreams.My guest today, Karen “Cricket” Garratt, is on a mission and her mission is to inspire and guide creatives to share their gifts with the world. This is why she created THE CONFIDENT CREATIVE ACADEMY, a Free Virtual Training event that brings the World’s Top Creative Experts and Transformation Leaders together to teach you how to build your self-confidence to move forward with the creative career you know you are meant to have.I will be one of those creative experts and will be giving a talk on how to attract fans, media, and industry for musicians and actors. The 6 C phases to cultivate a thriving career in the arts. Karen is a certified Life Coach and inspirational singer-songwriter based in Sonoma County, California. As a lifelong musician, her passion for personal growth led her to writing and performing songs that inspire and encourage others to follow their dreams. In 2018, she discovered life coaching and found it to be the bridge that connects the message of her music to the fulfillment of dreams. Now Karen helps artists and creatives gain the confidence, clarity, and motivation they need to create financial abundance with their passion, while living their joyful purpose doing what they love. Do yourself a favor and visit THE CONFIDENT CREATIVE ACADEMY to get your free scholarship to up-level your confidence and become the confident creative you are meant to be!Also be sure to join my newly re-named facebook group - Unstoppable Musicians & Actors because I will soon be facing another challenge that has been holding me back by going live on video inside the group to offer tips and tutorials to help you attract fans, media and industry.  For links and a transcript visit
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 
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
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 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  
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 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
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 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.#pandemicpieprojectFor Links and Transcript 
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 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. If you are enjoying the podcast it would really help me out if you could rate and review it on apple podcasts or podchaser. Leaving reviews really helps shows get noticed and gain more listeners.For a transcript visit
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 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
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
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