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Author: Diane Foy

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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. New shows every Thursday.
23 Episodes
Tap Dancer Travis Knight

Tap Dancer Travis Knight


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
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
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
Timbaland & Masterclass

Timbaland & Masterclass


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:
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:
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
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
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.
I have such a good fun show for you today with the fabulous Sass Jordan. This episode is really what I hoped all episodes would be like, a fun and casual conversation about life in the arts. It helped that I have known and worked with Sass for many years so I was comfortable. With others, I’m still learning how to build that rapport so it becomes a conversation and less of a question and answer interview.Anyways for those who do not know Sass Jordan, she is Canada’s Queen of Rock. In her 30 years in the spotlight, she has gotten to work with many of her influences including Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Cheap Trick, Santana, Joe Cocker, Styx, Rodger Hodgson, and countless others. She has won various awards, including Juno and Billboard, and has sold over a million records world-wide.She also had a short-lived acting career playing Janis Joplin in the off-Broadway hit, Love Janis and as a featured character in the television series Sisters. She tells a hilarious story of how she auditioned for a role on a Die Hard movie and shocked everyone on the set by walking out because she didn’t want to die on screen. And she was one of the judges on Canadian Idol.
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