Given Tanya’s & Caleigh’s ever-growing obsession with Magic, Story, and Comedy, it’s no surprise this episode’s guest is a fellow Canadian comedian whose newest comedy album is entitled “Dungeon Master.” These witches snagged a quick interview with Vancouver’s own Kyle Bottom before he hopped on a plane back out of Toronto. From being raised byTV & video games to performing live in a state of complete sensory deprivation, Kyle shared some of his life stories and tons of his laughs. Listen to him again on his live-streamed show, May 15th, at 604records.com.
Life is nuanced and contradictory, we make the rules up as we go. As actors, we collect tips, tricks and tools to help us slide in and out of the mindsets of different characters on a day-to-day basis, but there is no single method or format that works for all actors across the board. Becoming an actor means becoming a student of as many lifetimes as is possible in order to continually build up your mosaicked understanding of the human condition. We’ve learned just as much about ourselves as we have about our scene work from inside the classrooms of our long-time coach, mentor and friend, Lewis Baumander. Lewis is busier than anyone we know, so we’re especially thankful that he took the time to sit and chat with us about Story, where it comes from and how it differs from culture to culture. He’s the kind of person who knows how to remind you of your own innate abilities and leaves you wanting to drop all the bullshit in your life and pay more attention to the matters that matter. Surround yourself with the people who nudge you towards your dreams because, let’s be honest, they’re the least likely to fuck you up. Here’s one of the best of ‘em! Enjoy!
To calm your coughs, wear Vicks-Vapo-filled socks to bed.
In this episode, we learn (via sniffles) that T-Bitty is sick and that if Cales were to study a celebrity, she would place her in a test-tube and probably forget to feed her like the aloe plant sitting shrivelled on her window sill.
Thankfully, Tanya and Caleigh got to sit down with Samita Nandy, who runs the Centre for Media and Celebrity studies, to chat about the study of celebrity cultures and how celebrities themselves can be understood as texts and systems of signs that carry meaning, shaped not only by their own actions but by the contributing contexts that media and audiences build around them. We stretch back to the Greek era to look at Fame’s origin story and unravel the semiotics between Canadian celebrity culture and Hollywood’s Wild West frontier. If you’ve ever wanted to pull apart the nuts and bolts of the “Dream Machine” that turns humans into immortals, this is the episode for you.
P.S. we recorded our intro & outro in Tanya’s haunted apartment, so whoever guesses the exact point at which her ghost decided to chime in wins a prize.
P.P.S. You're all invited to Caleigh & Garrett's wedding.
P.P.P.S. Zac Efron? Really?
Let’s talk about heads, baby. Let’s talk about you and me. Let’s talk about how many times we’ve knocked our brains around. Real talk: today’s guest is seriously cool and she tells a serious story and we make fun of life and art and how she almost died. If you’re into dark humour, beautiful art, and people who’ve been through more incredible experiences than could ever fit into this podcast, you’re going to fall in love with Aphiraa. She’s a visual artist, a magnificent soul, and she’s saving the planet with her sustainable fashion line. Also, Filipe, I hope you’re OK!
Fellow unicorn-writer-director, Angela Cavallin, joins us in the studio (shout out to those who saw her at our live show for The Sonar Network launch event at Bad Dog Theatre in Toronto). We chat about how her initial journey into the entertainment industry as an actor has come to shape her writing and directing skills and how she loves writing assholes and will probably be an asshole herself in her next table reading by forcing her actors to read to the tempo of a metronome. She also shares her joy for following in-the-moment urges and how this wonderfully selfish tool can be uber useful. What’s a line-read and how do actors feel about it? We talk about it. Also, she’s a WOMAN. We mention that. Is that a THING for you? Also, Caleigh’s phone dings a lot. Deal with it. AND AND AND, a newly pregnant Angie says the words, “eat a dick,” and we left it in because it, too, is important. (Tanya would also like to add: “Tiny is hungover and it hurts.” Because we already sounded too put together in this episode.)
There’s no better interview to kick the new year off than our conversation with Michelle Leduc Catlin, an artist who has reinvented her artistic style and skill set throughout her many becomings - as a broadcaster, a host, an actor, a filmmaker and an all-around beautiful human being.
She shares how she strives to maintain integrity within her own moral values while necessarily finding her artistic niche. She created her own path by creating her own work, which led her to a much deeper, more personal transfiguration, working through the ego to be comfortable with the idea of simply being.
Find more of Michelle’s work at http://www.aruninmystocking.com/
Specific: Goals should be simplistically written and clearly define what you are going to do.
Measurable: Goals should be measurable so that you have tangible evidence that you have accomplished the goal. Usually, the entire goal statement is a measure for the project, but there are usually several short-term or smaller measurements built into the goal.
Achievable: Goals should be achievable; they should stretch you slightly so you feel challenged, but defined well enough so that you can achieve them. You must possess the appropriate knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to achieve the goal.
Results-focused: Goals should measure outcomes, not activities.
Time-bound: Goals should be linked to a timeframe that creates a practical sense of urgency, or results in tension between the current reality and the vision of the goal. Without such tension, the goal is unlikely to produce a relevant outcome.
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People learn through Story. In this episode, Caleigh swaps personal stories with Chelsea Ricchio, Communications Manager for Healthy Minds Canada. Chelsea was kind enough to also share her favourite online resources, from Youtubers recounting their own mental health journeys to her very own blogs, where oversharing flourished her career.
In this episode, Caleigh and Tanya release an interview from their archives. Bruno Maruzzo sat down with Caleigh at the end of last year to speak about technology in-the-making - a machine learning based digital psychiatric expert system designed to offer clinicians a powerful new tool capable of assisting with the process of diagnosis and personalized treatment planning.
From mental health issues like depression and PTSD to what this technology means for the ongoing conversation about mental health and even how men and women are neurologically wired in a different way, we bring you a discussion that bridges biology and technology.
Also, Caleigh may or may not refer to the founder of Facebook as Mark Zuckerburger. But, hey, we’re sure her brain’s not the only one that stores his name near a fast food item.
Here's your sign to STOP TRYING and START FAILING. Take a risk. Do scary things. Be loud, proud and wrong. You'll gain experience from your adventures and grow from your undertakings.
This is one of those episodes we listen to over and over again. We get to speak with Adam Weitner, newly entrepreneured with his studio launch in the East end of Toronto. Adam is ambitious, passionate, kind, and every bit business savvy as he is empathetically wise. He opens up about the mental exercises he challenges himself with to stay on his toes in his ever-busy lifestyle, deeply engrained in the entertainment industry and shares his philosophy on searching internally rather than externally for an understanding of identity.
Holler at Adam if you're looking for studio space or production facilitation in anything digital. Reach him here:
Times are tough, especially now. But that's not uncharacteristic of our world, so we're keeping our message general in this extra tidbit of a mini episode for you.
Here's that speech Caleigh promised to deliver in audio version - an exit lecture form one of her favourite university professors, Sharon Sliwinski, nearing the end of her academic studies. It's an adaptation of a commencement address given by Mark Danner at Berkeley in 2005.
Caleigh reads it when times are tough, or when life's confusing, or when she's feeling invigoratingly brainy.
There just words. But they're damn good ones. The kind you wanna, "take out back and make out with," as a friend once put it. Everyone should hear them.