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E48 - Erica Sherwood’s Big FIGHT!

21May

ERICA SHERWOOD is an actor and filmmaker from St. Catharines, Ontario who's latest project FIGHT! premieres next month on Jun 22nd with a fabulous red carpet screening event in the heart of downtown St. Catharines. Erica helped create the film, in which she also stars, produces, creates foley as well as MANY other things. Erica is a strong promoter of Niagara's growing film industry and hopes that with films like FIGHT along with her not-for-profit Jarico Films for Youth, which aims to build leadership skills and confidence through film for Niagara's youth, will help motivate filmakers to stay in Niagara to create and maintain sustainable careers in the film industry.

Erica takes us through the creation of FIGHT from its inception through to its current editing stage and fills us in with incredibly helpful knowledge about filmmaking, screenwriting and barenuckle boxing along the way.

Find out more about FIGHT and get your tickets today at http://fightfilm.ca/ 

Follow Erica on Instagram at @sherwood & @jaricofilms & @enpointecreative & @fightfilm

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E47: Lacie Williamson & the Dunnville Renaissance

27Mar

LACIE WILLIAMSON is a visual artist, comedian and event/community planner galore based in Dunnville, Ontario. Recorded in the back room of Lacie's LVW Creative Barracks, a building she purchased in Dunnville's historic downtown to create a space where she could paint and encourage others to create art, Lacie spoke to Nick & Brie about life as a full-time artist in a town with, shall we say, less than progressive views, politics & ideals.

Lacie takes us back to her roots in Dunnville, to her forray in journalism and event planning, into full-time artistry and the amazing achievements she made along the way that helped heal a community in great need of change. From producing an 11-hour rock concert at 15 years old for the town, to her contining work administrating the River Arts Festival, Lacie takes us on a journey into the history of Dunnville, her process as an artist and advocate for social change and her passion for comedy all while struggling to balance both artistic and financial freedom. 

Listen to this interview with this incredible force of nature & follow her on her various social networks too!

 

Lacie Williamson

Instagram: @lacievdub

Twitter: @lacievdub

LVW Creative Barracks, Art Studio & Gallery

Facebook: LVWART

Instagram: @barracksbythegrand

Website: https://barracksbythegrand.ca/

 

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E46: One Foot in the Forest with Jess Grant

22Feb

JESS GRANT is an improviser and improv teacher living in Toronto. Originally from New Brunswick, Jess takes TCS on a journey through her discovery of improv through to her process of using physicality to inspire her amazing scenework along to how the rules of improv helped her through her treatment of Hogkin's lymphoma.

With a clean bill of health, she reflects on some of the clarity she discovered on her journey through cancer treatment and how overcoming it helped her face some of her other fears and self-doubts; like taking the big leap from improv to stand-up comedy and the written word!

This episode is enlightening and insightful and we're so happy to feature such an incredible human being on our show. Listen and be inspired by the incomparable Jess Grant.

Thanks for listening & #StruggleOn

Brie & Nick

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E45: Write Better with Clint Murphy

30Jan

Clint Murphy is a sci-fi screenwriter living in Toronto with his wife and two daughters. He recently made it to the 2nd round in an HBO-sponsored one-hour original pilot contest at the Austin Film Festival, where he returned with a wealth of knowledge and insight he was happy to share with TCS.

Clint spoke to Nick and Brie about his writing and structure processes, about the art of pitching and the benefits of watching it firsthand, and he gave us a little preview into his exciting future projects, which lead to an insightful commentary about the representation of race on TV. 

Clint has many awesome writing, producing and directing projects on the go and it doesn't look like he plans on slowing down anytime soon. His episode has everything you need to get the writer in you motivated and excited about tackling your new project (or projects!)

Check out Clint's Facebook Page or Follow him on Twitter to keep up with his awesome new projects!

Thanks for listening & #StruggleOn

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E44: The Constant Struggle’s 2017 Year in Review

31Dec

#SPOILER ALERT!  In this episode, we talk a BUNCH about Star Wars : The Last Jedi. So if you haven't seen it yet, we're warning you ahead of time.

Everyone's saying 2017 was a garbage fire, and in many ways it was.

But creatively, for Nick and Brie, things seem to be headed in the opposite direction. Slowly, but surely we're seeing progress on our creative fronts. So this episode focuses on our creative accomplishments in 2017; be they finishing the first draft of a novel (WHAT!) or landing a dream job at comedy-Hogwarts (what-whaaat?)

We also chat about our struggly-creative goals for 2018. How can we keep this progress going? 

Well, it certainly helps that you listening and engaging with us along the way, and we thank you ever so much for that. So take a few moments, celebrate your 2017 accomplishments and join us in continuing the creative struggle in 2018. 

Be safe out there & #StruggleOn!

 

Nick & Brie

Follow us on Twitter: @StrugglePod

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E43: Jason Loo - The Comic Artist Toronto Needs

23Nov

JASON LOO is the creator of The Pitiful Human-Lizard, a working-class superhero defending the city of Toronto. Now in its' 16th issue and a part of the Chapterhouse, Jason talks to Nick and Brie about what it's like being a comic book artist in Toronto and creating a superhero who is quintessentially Canadian, all while maintaining a full-time job at a local library. He tells us about the recent onboarding of Chapterhouse's new Chief Creative Officer; Jay Baruchel (ever heard of him?) Jason also shines a light on the Canadian superhero renaissance we're currently seeing. Recorded at the Northern Belle bar (pardon the background noise,) this was a wonderful chat about comic books and Canada. After all, as Loo puts it: "We need to stop looking down south. Canada needs our own role models," of which Jason has now become one of our own.

Buy your copies of the Pitiful Human-Lizard at Chapterhouse.

Check out Jason on Twitter and The Pitiful Human-Lizard on Twitter & Facebook

Thanks for listening & #StruggleOn!

Nick & Brie

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Making It All About Janet Davidson

29Sep

JANET DAVIDSON is an improvisor, actor & Second City instructor who's just gone on an epic journey of self-discovery to Vancouver and is returning to Toronto with a brand new perspective. Nick & Brie caught up with Janet one evening in the Second City Training Centre to find out more about Janet, her passion for both playing and teaching improv, her struggles with dyslexia and hypersensitivity, and her ongoing mission of raising up the women in the improv community. With chats about travel, mental health and the woes of online dating, you won't want to miss this episode that is ALL ABOUT JANET, even though she'd prefer it wasn't.

Follow Janet on Twitter: @MissJanetDavids

Thanks for listening & #StruggleOn!

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E41 - See Shit, Do Shit & Eat Shit with Moniquea Marion

22Aug

MONIQUEA MARION is an improviser, character actor and YouTube creator embarking on a new project, in which she plans to travel across British Columbia on her motorcycle and document her experiences along the way in a webseries. Nick and Brie caught up with Moniquea shortly before leaving on this adventure to talk comedy, career and ego-checks. With fun chats along the way about foodieism, travel and real-talk about burn-outs, failures and our inability to celebrate achievements, it's a wild ride into Moniquea's creative journey you won't want to miss. 

Follow Moniquea on her BC journey on Twitter: @moniqueamarion

Check out her incredible Moniquea Marion 365 project on YouTube

Thanks for listening & #StruggleOn

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E40 - WatsonCast

20Jul

It's a hostful episode, folks! This time, Brie interviews Nick about how his book is coming along as well as his new sugar/gluten-free lifestyle and Nick interviews Brie about how she just LEFT HER JOB FOR A YEAR to pursue her comedy FULL TIME!  So yeah... lots of ground to cover.

Tune in and check in with the hosts of the Constant Struggle's constant struggles!

 

 

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E39 : Dina Senior: Daytime Vampire

22Jun

DINA SENIOR: Improviser, Actor, Voice-Actor, Improv Teacher, Daytime Vampire.

DINA talks to Nick and Brie about being a performer in the Niagara Region and the plethora of opportunities that exist in the thriving community theatre scene. She talks about her struggles finding the time to realise her creative goals while juggling a full-time job as well as her side-businesses in fermented health food (like kombucha,) & soap-making. Dina's also jazzed about her latest project; a new improv group called "Niagara Improv" with monthly shows in the Niagara Region. 

Find out more about Niagara Improv on Facebook: Niagara Improv

Follow Dina on Instagram: @thebathbombshell

 

Thanks for listening & 

#StruggleOn

 

 

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