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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.
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Hello and welcome to episode 33 of Sing! Dance! Act! Thrive!I have a special guest for you today. Andrea Hendron is a Life coach, Mindfullness 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.For those who may not know what on earth I am talking about, a vision board is a collage of images, and sometimes quotes or affirmations that represent your future dreams or goals. It became all the rage after the documentary and book The Secret. I did one back then and filled it with everything that I thought I wanted, but no real soul searching was done to figure out if I really wanted those things and I didn’t really know how to set achievable goals to get the things I thought I wanted so my life today is nothing like I pictured and I am thankful. LolI’ve come a long way and learned a lot about future visioning and goal setting so I created a vision board last year full of what I actually want and I have goals and action plans in place to achieve it all. One year later, it is still my future vision and I have accomplished many goals that I’m working towards the life I want. Anyways, let’s hear from Andrea and at the end she offers us a beautiful guided meditation. I hope you enjoy it.For links and a transcript visit http://singdanceactthrive.com/033 
Hello and welcome to episode 032 of Sing! Dance! Act! Thrive!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.He is currently working on his 13th season of Shaftesbury Films’ MURDOCH MYSTERIES (CBC), and his 3rd season of FRANKIE DRAKE (CBC). Recent work includes the critically-acclaimed documentary TOXIC BEAUTY, his 3rd season of WYNONNA EARP, and the NETFLIX mini-series TOKYO TRIALS, while recent dramatic film work includes THE EDUCATION OF WILLIAM BOWMAN and SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD.I talk to Rob about the process of composing music for film and television and the advice he has for musicians wanting to get into it. Rob is also the co-author of a new book called The Awesome Music Project Canada: Songs of Hope and Happiness which brings you behind-the-scenes glimpses into the musical lives of a diverse array of Canadians. Singer-songwriter Michael Bublé celebrates the way music cemented his bond with his grandfather, renowned astronaut Chris Hadfield turned to music for comfort through the loss of a close friend and Grammy-award winner Sarah McLachlan used it to escape the torment of high-school bullies.These and other inspiring tales fill this beautifully illustrated tribute to the songs, musicians, and composers that comfort us, move us, and lift our spirits. Rounding out The Awesome Music Project Canada are descriptions of the neurological research confirming the ways in which music is good for us. It improves our mental, emotional and physical health, wards off loneliness and depression, and even delays dementia. To put it simply: music makes us feel good.Thanks for listening and if you are enjoying this podcast please share it with your fellow performing artists and entertainment fans. For a transcript visit http://singdanceactthrive.com/032
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.For example, I have been a fan of Janet Jackson for as long as I can remember. I watched her acting on Good Times, Different Strokes and Fame, all before her recording career took off with Control. Even when she was too shy to express herself through words. She told us who she was with every song and performance. She's a strong, independent woman who gives the best “Don't mess with me attitude” in many of her songs and performances.I admire her for being open about struggling with self-esteem issues, her weight and experiencing depression and domestic abuse. And whenever people started to count her out, she would come back stronger than ever. She gives an incredible acting performance in Why Did I Get Married Too? where she was open about the fact that she was filming that movie. When Michael Jackson died. She said that when she returned to set that she still hadn't really had the complete breakdown about losing her brother. But she brought all of that built up anger and emotion out in that scene. And again, she told us who she was through her art.And look at her now. In the last few years, she's won every Legend and Icon Award out there, including being inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. All while becoming a mother at age 50! And touring the world was sold-out arenas.Of course, I love listening to her music, watching her sing, dance and act. And I've been known to study and attempt to dance the choreography from “Nasty,” “If,” “All For You,” “Feedback,” “Made For Now” and more. Recently I commissioned an oil painting of her to have on my wall for inspiration. It is a strong beautiful image of her in a simple white t-shirt, sparkling diamond choker necklace and long leather gloves with the word power on them.That is Janet to me. Strong, beautiful and powerful. I look at it and say, “You're right Janet, I'm going to go kick ass in my T-shirt and Swarovski jewelry. [Okay, I don't have the diamonds yet whatever,] and nothing's gonna stop me.” She gives me strength.As a performer, I'm sure you desire to have an audience that feels that way about you. But how will you express all of that? How will you express all that you are to attract loyal fans and industry supporters. There are many books, courses, consultants and resources available on the entertainment industry. However, most skip the foundation work of connecting to your true identity and life's purpose. In my 15 years as an entertainment publicist, I saw countless artists and performers struggling to build a career in the arts. I was inspired to become a certified life entrepreneur and creativity coach so that I could walk artists through the process that I knew was the missing link in their plans.So now, through coaching, I help musicians, actors, and dancers create and grow and authentic personal brand in order to attract loyal fans and industry supporters, without feeling overwhelmed or doubting themselves. If you want to generate bigger opportunities, I can guide you and communicating your skills, values, and personality to propel you to the next level.I've developed a three-phase 12 step process that I utilize to coach artists and performers to thrive in the arts. I'm going to tell you about the 12 steps and explain the benefits of each and if you're interested in having a free coaching session with me to see if we're a fit to work together, I have an offer for you at the end.Full details at http://singdanceactthrive.com/031 So to my offer, I have given myself the challenge to give away 30 free coaching sessions in 30 days to be of service to as many artists as possible. It's a chance for you to pick my brain on any questions that you may have. And we'll do a little exploration of what you really want. So if you're interested, visit Diane foy.com/booking and grab one of the spots.My challenge ends on December 12. So if you are listening to this at a later date, you can always contact me to be on the waiting list for the next time I have openings.
030 Global Superstar Akon on Releasing 4 Albums at Once & Why Women Should Run the WorldHello and welcome to episode 030 of Sing! Dance! Act! Thrive!Today we have global superstar Akon. The American born Senegalese artist has sold over 35 Million albums worldwide, received 5 Grammy Nominations and collaborated with an array of A-list artists from many genres including Lady GaGa, Eminem, Gwen Stefani, Daddy Yankee, Lil’ Wayne, Michael Jackson, Snoop Dogg and many more.In addition to having two multi-platinum albums, Akon has had 27 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 and is the first artist to accomplish the feat of holding both the number one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice.Akon’s global vision is rooted in music, but has expanded to include renewable energy. His “Lighting Africa” initiative put him at the forefront of the Sustainability Movement- an issue that profoundly affects citizens all over the world.At the Collision Technology Conference, Akon was on various panels talking about Akoin, the cryptocurrency with a vision to stimulate and innovate, revenue-generating opportunities that support and empower youth entrepreneurship, economic stability, and growth across Africa and the world.Recently, Akon announced the formation of Akonik Label Group, distributed by BMG. The unprecedented artist-founded label group is comprised of four distinct record labels: Akonda (Afrobeats), Akonik (U.S.), Jamakon (Caribbean) and Ke Lo Ke (Latin America). This is the first time an artist has established a global record label group dedicated to multiple genres.This explains why he is releasing 4 albums this fall with various genres. The release dates have changed as you will hear him say Aug 30th for all, however, 3 of the albums were just released in October and the 4th is set for DecemberThe audio is from the press conference at Collision. In addition to Akon you will hear the voice of Akoin COO Lynn Liss and President Jon Karas talking about Akoin. I asked Akon why 4 albums at once and you will also hear a question from Sharon Fletcher from Blacks Inspire and then at the public Q&A Akon goes on a wonderful rant about how the youth need to get involved in politics and how women should rule the world. Enjoy.For links and a transcript visit http://singdanceactthrive.com/030
Hello and welcome to episode 29 of Sing! Dance! Act! Thrive!I am so excited for today’s guest, Canada’s Punk Rock Queen Bif Naked! I have been a fan of hers since her 1996 self-titled debut album and her follow up I Bificus with the hits “Daddy’s Getting Married,” “Spaceman” and “Moment of Weakness.” In 2001 her album Purge produced by Desmond Child had even more hits including “I Love Myself Today,” “Chokin on the Truth” and one of my favourites “Tango Shoes.” The albums and tours continued and in 2011 she released BIF NAKED FOREVER: Acoustic Hits and Other Delights and in 2016she released her autobiography I Bificus.In the book, she shares her journey from being born in secret to a teenager living in India, the product of a Canadian girl and a British boy. She was rejected by both families, hidden away in a mental hospital and adopted by missionaries and then moved to North America. She began what she recalls with ironic humour as a “charmed life.” Targeted by girl gangs and facing other abusive situations, she escaped this early life by joining a punk rock band and leaving on tour, where she married the drummer and hit a downward spiral that found her on the floor of a Vancouver drug den.Through it all, her creative personality and unstoppable humour were her weapons of self-defence. Bif showcased her life’s journey in tattoo ink across her body and, with her unique ability to transform her true life stories into song lyrics, she found her voice as a solo artist, started her own record company and at twenty-three years of age became an international recording artist.Throughout her remarkable career, armed with her singular talent and instantly identifiable look, Bif would captivate the imagination of audiences and media alike, releasing nine albums and twenty-one videos. She embarked on seemingly endless international tours, several feature films and multiple television roles, only to be struck down with breast cancer at the age of 37. Bif would discover her passion for advocacy, as a triumphant survivor and someone who helps others first.When I started this podcast she was on my wish list of people I wanted on so when I got the opportunity I jumped at it. She now lives in Toronto so her publicist Eric Alper asked if I wanted to go to her house for the interview. Um, yes, yes I would like that very much. Lol. I love her.So of course she was fabulous and we are best friends now so I know that you will enjoy our lovely conversation.For links and transcript visit http://singdanceactthrive.com/029 
Hello and welcome to episode 28 of Sing! Dance! Act! Thrive!Today we have Christopher Leacock aka Jillionaire who staying true to his Trinidadian roots, fuses original caribbean rhythms of soca with dancehall beats. Along with Diplo and Walshy Fire, he was a member of the electronic music group Major Lazer until this past June when he left the group to pursue solo projects. Major Lazer is best recognized for the global smash “Lean On” featuring DJ Snake and MØ and “Cold Water” with Justin Bieber and MØ. “Cold Water” became their second track to achieve one billion streams.Jillionaire has been touring worldwide with Major Lazer since 2009 including performing at festivals such as Coachella, Trinidad Carnival, CMJ Music Marathon, Electric Daisy Carnival, South by Southwest, and Mad Decent Block Party. He continues to establish himself as an innovative and creative producer and has invested in various technology start ups.As the audio was taken from the press conference and Q&A at Collision tech conference that happened in Toronto in May, many of the questions are about technology and how it relates to music. I had the opportunity to ask a question at the press conference, however, the rest were from others so I will pop in to let you know what was asked. For a transcript of this episode visit singdanceactthrive.com/028
Hello and welcome to episode 27 of Sing! Dance! Act! Thrive!Today we have Broadway and Symphony Star Capathia Jenkins. I love this line from her bio that says “This woman who grappling with two dueling passions each with a strong grip: acting and music, yet she refuses to pick one because they both represent her soul. Capathia approaches a song the same way she approaches a script, like an artist. She looks for the nuances, the secret hidden within the notes or text. She seeks the melody, harmony and rhythm. She asks herself: what am I trying to say? What do I want my audience to experience with me? She wants to take her audience on a journey.Her Broadway theatre credits include Newsies, The Civil War, The Look of Love, Caroline, Or Change and Martin Short-Fame Becomes Me.Her Television credits include 30 Rock, the Practice, Law & Order SVU, the Sopranos, Law & Order. She can be seen in the film ‘Musical Chairs’ and heard on the film soundtracks of Nine, Chicago, and Legally Blonde 2.An active concert artist, she has appeared with orchestras around the world including the Toronto Symphony where she is a featured performer in James Bond: The Music Oct 15th and 16th. Next she performs a tribute to Aretha Franklin with various orchestras across the US.I hope that you enjoy it, she has a lot of great advice for up and coming performers.It was so great chatting with Capathia and I am looking forward to seeing the show on Tue. If you are in Toronto check out tso.ca for all the upcoming concerts. For links and transcript for this show visit http://singdanceactthrive.com/027
Matthew Willson is an award-winning Canadian actor, director, producer and financier of the arts with more than 500 stage performances to his credit. A versatile and talented character actor, he also boasts numerous TV and film credits, including roles in Rookie Blue, Murdoch Mysteries, The Strain, Arrival and Queer as Folk. Through his production company, Willson Entertainment Productions, he has produced, directed and starred in several cutting-edge short films.He also finances several small and large scale film and television projects across Canada and this past year, Matthew has become the sole individual financier of the National Theatre School Drama Festival (previously Sears Festival), which has trained Canadian celebrities such as Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. Matthew is an industry expert that has been involved in the Canadian film and art community at every level.Matthew shared fantastic advice and insight on being an actor, director, and producer in Canada and some great auditioning tips since he has been a casting director for his own projects. We also talk about our love/hate relationships with social media, the joy of podcasting and he makes a case for why I should listen to Howard Stern. I don't want to, I don't like him, but maybe I'll give it a try. I hope you enjoy it.For links and transcript visit http://singdanceactthrive.com/026
Hello and welcome to episode 25 of Sing! Dance! Act! Thrive!This week we have live music producer Tom Jackson who has transformed the live show for artists such as Taylor Swift, Shawn Mendes, The Band Perry, High Valley, Magic and many more.Author of the book Tom Jackson’s Live Music Method and the All Roads Lead to the Stage DVD series, Tom is uniquely talented and skilled at transforming an artist’s live show into a magical experience for the audience; helping artist at every level to create a live show that is engaging and memorable and teaching them to exceed their audiences’ expectations to create fans for life.Tom comes up to Toronto every year for Canadian Music Week to teach a workshop on live performance and brings a band up on stage to work with. This year he added a second workshop that focused on singer songwriters.After our interview you will hear from a couple artists that attended the workshop so that you can hear what they learned and how they will incorporate it into their own shows.For links and transcript visit http://singdanceactthrive.com/025
My guest today is Dave Randall who is a guitarist, producer, and composer. He has contributed to multi-million selling albums by Grammy Award-winning artist Dido and has toured the world a number of times performing with UK dance act Faithless. His own critically acclaimed albums released under the name Slovo feature international collaborations with artists including Iceland’s Emiliana Torrini, West Africa’s Maezah and US jazz legend Max Roach.Dave was invited to appear alongside Baaba Maal, Michael Stipe, the Mahotella Queens, Neneh Cherry, and others, in the studio and on stage, as part of the 1 Giant Leap project. Recently he has toured with Sinead O’Connor, teamed up with Big Dada artist Mike Ladd, clarinet player Carol Robinson, and drummer Dirk Rothbrust to create the Paris based improvising quartet ‘Sleeping In Vilna’, and contributed guitars to the stunning debut album from Nessi Gomes. He’s currently performing live with Roland Gift from the Fine Young Cannibals.​As well as making music Dave has published numerous articles and given talks on the history of music and its role in society. His debut book Sound System – The Political Power of Music was published on Pluto Press in 2017.He was in Toronto for Canadian Music Week conference this past spring and I had a chance to sit down with him for a fascinating chat about music and politics. I hope you enjoy it.For links and transcript visit http://singdanceactthrive.com/024
Hello and welcome to episode 23 of Sing Dance Act thrive!It is great to be back after a little Aug hiatus. I have created a new website at singdanceactthrive.com where I will be adding lots of articles and resources for performing artists in addition to it being the new home of the podcast. All previous episodes now have full transcripts and a few past guests of the podcast will be contributing articles including a series from Meisner acting coach Adrian Griffin, music biz and radio promo tips from Andrea Morris and her assistant Jessica Moore will be teaching us all about social media marketing. I will be contributing articles on publicity, marketing, personal branding and entrepreneurship.Since it’s been a while since I released an episode I thought that I would keep this one short and tell you all about my TIFF 2019 highlights.For show notes visit http://singdanceactthrive.com/023
Tap Dancer Travis Knight

Tap Dancer Travis Knight

2019-07-1800:44:28

Hello and welcome to episode 22 of Sing! Dance! Act! Thrive!My guest today is tap dancer extraordinaire Travis Knights who is in the Soulpepper Theatre Company's brand new concert, The Promised Land: Steinbeck Through Song running July 12-27 in Toronto. This concert reimagines the music from Bruce Springsteen, Nina Simone, Sam Cooke, Bob Dylan and more to illuminate the works of famed novelist John Steinbeck and the search for The Promised Land through song and dance.Travis’s professional career started in 2000, when he was cast as a principal dancer in the motion picture biography of Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson with Gregory Hines and Savion Glover*. The legendary Henry LeTang choreographed the film. He shares what first inspired him to get into tap and what it was like to work with these legendary performers.Travis is so passionate about tap that you will be inspired to follow your own passion no matter what it is as he believes that you have a responsibility to follow it. We also talk about his podcast The Tap Love Tour and some of the amazing guests that he has had on the show and how they have inspired him.For links and show notes visit dianefoy.com/021
Today’s episode is an interview that I did during Canadian Music Week with producer and songwriter Joe Solo. Known for developing Macy Gray for 17 years before she hit it big with her debut album in 1999, Joe's credits include Michael Jackson, Fergie, will i. am, Quincy Jones, and many others.Joe was very generous with his time, shared valuable advice for musicians and told some great stories of some of the talent he has worked with.During CMW, I sent some artists to different panels and workshops to report back on what they learned and how they will incorporate it into their career. Canadian singer songwriter Tamara Maddalen attended Joe’s Ask Me Anything panel so I will let her tell us what her takeaways were.For links and show notes visit dianefoy.com/021
Hello and welcome to episode 20 of Sing! Dance! Act! Thrive!Today’s guest is another one from the Collision Technology conference. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is an American actor, filmmaker, singer, and entrepreneur. As a child, he appeared in the films A River Runs Through It, 10 Things I Hate About You and in the TV series 3rd Rock From The Sun. He has since starred in (500 Days of Summer, Inception, 50/50, The Dark Knight Rises, and Snowden. He has received multiple acting award nominations including for The Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild, MTV Movie Awards, and the Teen Choice Award.In 2004, during a slow time in his acting career he began HitRecord, an online platform where creatives of all types can collaborate with others on projects. In 2014, Joseph won the Interactive Media Emmy Award for Social TV Experience for HitRecord on Tv show that he created, hosted and directed.As you may have noticed in previous recordings from Collision conference, the sound is not the greatest, but the content is valuable. First up both Joseph and Hitrecord co-founder Jared Geller explain how the company formed and how it has evolved over the years.For links and show notes visit dianefoy.com/020
Timbaland & Masterclass

Timbaland & Masterclass

2019-06-2700:30:36

This episode is with Multi-platinum, Grammy award-winning producer and artist, Timbaland. Since the mid-1990s he’s received over 18 Grammy nominations, 4 Grammy wins and 200+ ASCAP Music awards. Timbaland was in Toronto for the Collision tech conference with Masterclass co-founder David Rogier. Masterclass is an online education platform that has managed to attract the biggest names in entertainment to teach.In Timbaland’s Producing and Beat Making course, he takes you behind the boards to teach you his process for creating iconic tracks with artists like Jay-Z, Missy Elliott, Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, and Aaliyah. In his first-ever online class, learn how to collaborate with vocalists, layer new tracks, and create hooks that stick. Step into Timbaland’s studio and learn from one of the industry’s most innovative hit makers.At the press conference, I was able to ask one of the first questions, which was fantastic so you will hear that along with some content from the public Q&A. Thanks to Esma for the question I asked him about female producers. Timbaland is a great motivational speaker as the answer to many questions was work ethic and to never give up. We will also hear from David about how masterclass formed and how he convinced legends to teach an online course.SHOW NOTES: http://dianefoy.com/019
My guest today is Bob Gruen, who is one of the most well-known and respected photographers in rock and roll. From John Lennon to Johnny Rotten; Muddy Waters to the Rolling Stones; Elvis to Madonna; Bob Dylan to Bob Marley; Tina Turner to Debbie Harry, he has captured the music scene for over fifty years in photographs that have gained worldwide recognition.Bob was in Toronto for the opening of an exhibition of his work at the Liss Gallery in Yorkville that runs until July 6th. As a photographer myself, I had a lot of questions for him about the art of photography and what his experiences were working with the greatest rock and roll performers of all time.Show notes: http://dianefoy.com/018
This week is an important topic for all of us in particular performing artists and industry that spend a lot of time on the road on tour. Andrea MacNeil has had a foot in the live entertainment industry almost her entire life. Her interest in the event world, coupled with an inborn talent for management and innovative thinking, had her working at an early-age with renowned festivals, events and artists such as Vans Warped Tour, The Tragically Hip, Matthew Good, and Corona SunSets where she led touring groups of 100+ across five continents.In 2019, Andrea Co-Founded Fit On Tour after spending 10+ years in the industry, on and off the road. Andrea has a strong passion for fitness, which developed after overcoming struggles with her own health & wellness on the road. This passion drives Andrea to help others balance their lives and sustain their careers in the industry.For detailed show notes and links visit dianefoy.com/017
I recently attended Collision, North America’s fastest growing tech conference now making Toronto home for the next few years. As media I had the opportunity to be a part of some press conferences and Q&A’s featuring talent such as mega producer Timbaland, global superstar Akon, Christopher Leacock aka Jillionaire from Major Lazer, and actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who will all be on upcoming episodes.They are all involved in various tech companies that you will hear about soon, but I decided to begin with actor comedian Damon Wayans Jr. and his business partner Kristopher Jones because their Special Guest App will interest all you performing artists.Damon is known for acting roles in shows Happy Endings, New Girl and various movies and as part of the legendary comedy family the Wayans.Damon was saying that he was frustrated seeing a lot of his performer friends struggling to make a living because the traditional talent booking process is so difficult. He wanted to provide a platform that made it easier for talented people who were underrepresented to find work.Special Guest is 100% FREE for Talent. You get 100% of your booking rate. They are the world’s largest talent buyer and get paid by bars, restaurants, clubs, private parties, corporations, and other event planners to book talent.As this was a public Q&A I wasn’t the one asking the questions, however, I will pop in a few times to explain what the question was that was asked. I didn’t want to use anyone’s name or voice without permission so I cut them out except for Sharon Fletcher from Blacks Inspire and and Melissa Rolston from Breaking the Stigma who both received great feedback from Damon, Kris and the audience for their hustle.For transcription & links visit http://dianefoy.com/016
Canadian Music Week review part 2 with guests Esma, Tamara Maddalen and Donald Plant from Encore who report on their CMW experiences and what they learned from the various workshops.
Canadian Music Week Review Part 1 with guest artists Angela Saini and Denver Haylee. I share all of my CMW experiences from live shows, awards, panels, and interviews and then pass it onto some artists to report on their CMW experiences and what they learned from the various workshops.
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