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Author: Diane Foy

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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 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 http://singdanceactthrive.com/freebieThe 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 FREE...to 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 http://singdanceactthrive.com/055 
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 http://singdanceactthrive.com/freebie 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 http://singdanceactthrive.com/054 
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. https://www.facebook.com/groups/unstoppablemusiciansandactors  For links and a transcript visit http://singdanceactthrive.com/053
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.#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 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. 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 http://singdanceactthrive.com/046
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
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.http://singdanceactthrive.com/041
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 CClarity: Vision & Goal SettingConfidence: Artist Identity & MotivationCaptivate: Personality, Image & Your StoryCompetitive Edge: Niche & TribeContent Creation: EPK & Social MediaCommunication: People skills & PRBONUS C’s: Courage & CreativityCourage 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. http://singdanceactthrive.com/037
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.  For a transcript visit: 
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