UA-90241941-1 The Constant Struggle

E79 - Comedian Mary Hynes’ Light, Love and Laughter

28Jun

Chicago's Mary Hynes is an improviser, actor, instructor, stage manager and tall lady. In this episode, Mary reminds us of the importance of leaning into and really living our core values as performers, and human beings. She offers tremendous insight into navigating the unsure waters of the performance industry, including her signature Lean Back. <- You gotta listen to find out more about that one.

You'll delight in Mary's enthusiasm, humour and ability to adapt to everything life throws her way. We're not kidding when we say, if you've had a rough day, pop in this episode and be inspired. It'll 100% "add logs to your heart-fire."

Your Key Creative Tips:

Improv, Spirituality, Mindset, Acting, Business, Stage Management

RESOURCES:

MORE MARY HYNES:

Brie & Mary Project:

Brie’s Updates:

Nick's Update

  • Baseball dad duties & recovering from a thrown-out back.

 

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Playwriting Right with Playwright Evie Jones

30Apr

All wordplay aside, this is a delightful and informative episode featuring Genevieve (Evie) Jones, playwright, actor, director and mom of Daphne. Evie’s located in the Niagara Region, and chats with Nick and Brie about starting out her artistic career in Niagara, spreading her wings beyond the peninsula and her parents, and the reason for her epic return.

Evie provides us with some deep insight into how the pandemic has been helpful to herself and many artists in finding focus, and the now existing struggle to maintain that focus as the world opens back up. 

Writers will appreciate learning more about the process of writing and producing live plays in Canada and the evolution of the artist in motherhood. 

 

Your Key Creative Tips:

Writing, Playwriting, Parenting, Theatre, Acting, Directing, Performing Arts in Niagara and Halifax. 

 

Nick's Update: 

  • Editing
  • Back pain.

Brie's Update:

RESOURCES:

 

More from Evie Jones

Website: https://genevievejoneswrites.com/ 

Linktree: https://linktr.ee/EvieJones11 

 

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E77: Comedian Rhiannon Archer’s Educational Redemption

28Mar

Rhiannon Archer is a stand-up comic and instructor, a mom of two little dudes and is currently in school training to become a therapist. In this episode Rhiannon chats with Nick and Brie about her formative years, her ADHD diagnosis, and how it impacted her education and career path and how that path has changed now that better resources are available to assist neurodivergent students.

We dive into Rhiannon’s stand-up comedy career and how she’s been able to keep at it while balancing frustrating hours in the television industry, and now with the demands of school, a part time job, a neurodivergent child and another with Autism, how it will look now that her priorities have shifted. 

An amazing discussion about the impact our teachers have on our lives, how the lens of parenting changes our priorities and how amazing things are possible when we take risks and believe in ourselves. 

Your Key Creative Tips:

Stand-Up Comedy, Parenting, Multi-tasking, ADHD, Neurodivergence, Education.

Nick's Update: 

  • Submitted his submission to the Toronto Star Short Story competition
  • Editing his books.

Brie's Update:

RESOURCES:

More from Rhiannon Archer

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RhiannonArcher 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RhiannonArcher1 

IG: https://www.instagram.com/rhiannonarcher/ 

 

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E76: A Circus Performer’s Year Off ft. Wellesley Robertson III

28Feb

In this episode, Nick and Brie chat with Wellesley Robertson III; a circus-artist, breakdancer, improviser, puppeteer, actor… self proclaimed “Jack of all trades, master of none.” Wellesley has spent the better part of the last decade travelling the world performing with various theatrical productions, seemingly falling into one amazing opportunity after the next. 

Join us on this exciting trip around the world and back as we chat with Wellesley about how he got into performing physical theatre, how he takes advantage of his “working vacations” and certainly, since it is an episode of #StrugglePod after all, some of the challenging elements of his performance career - staying connected to his home base of Toronto, navigating international travel and Covid-19 and other fascinating occurrences on his journey around the world again and again.

Fans of theatre, performing arts, circus, improv and TRAVEL will absolutely adore this episode with the ever-gracious, multi-talented Wellesley Robertson.

 

Your Key Creative Tips:

Performance, Theatre, Touring, Puppetry, Circus, Touring, Unions, Acting.

 

Nick's Update: Editing his Toronto Star Short Story competition submission. 

Brie's Update: We didn’t get into it this episode, so just visit improvniagara.com for more info!

 

RESOURCES:

 

Follow Wellesley Robertson:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/wellesley3rd

IG: https://www.instagram.com/wellesley3rd/ 

 

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E75: Staying Inspired with Megan Fraser

31Jan

Happy New Year Strugglers!

We’re back with another great episode! This time, Nick & Brie chat with Toronto-based special effects make-up artist and instructor Megan Fraser. Megan takes us through her creative journey, starting in Calgary with papier mâché and glue all over her childhood bedroom floor to, probably a fairly similar floor-situation in present day - except with way more silicone fingers.

It wouldn’t be #StrugglePod if we didn’t chat about some of the more challenging elements of Megan’s artistic undertakings. It’s all part of the package to having a thriving career in film and television make-up. 
Fans of comedy, make-up, politics and puppets will absolutely dig this episode with the immensely talented and creative Meg Fraser. 

Your Key Creative Tips:
Make-Up, Special Effects make-up, Comedy, Stand-Up Comedy, Twitter, Satire Writing & Body Art

 

Nick's Update: Working on his Toronto Star Short Story competition submission. 
Brie's Update: Gearing up to go back to teaching and performing in-person… again…

RESOURCES:

More from Megan Fraser: 
WebsiteTwitter | Instagram | Facebook

 

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E74: 2021 in Review / Struggle Bus

30Dec

In this Year in Review episode, Nick and Brie enjoy a host-cast chat about the year that was; what accomplishments we were able to achieve given the colossal mess of a year we all just collectively endured and what struggles (other than the colossal mess) we endured and attempted to overcome.

Thanks for listening this year pals, and feel free to share your wins from 2021 and your goals for 2022!

Your Key Creative Tips:

Writing, Editing, Gamification of work, Planning, Parenting, Improv, Acting, Travel, Pet ownership.

 

Nick's Update: Finished writing third book / NaNoWriMo - back to editing. 

Brie's Update: Burger commercial, so long as she doesn’t get Covid.

 

RESOURCES:

 

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E73 - Gary Rideout Jr.‘s Habitat for Comedy

30Sep

Chances are if you've performed comedy in Toronto, you're likely one degree of separation from this episode's guest; Gary 

Rideout Jr., owner of Toronto's famous Comedy Bar & Director of Business Development at The Second City in Toronto. This episode dives into Gary's timeline as a budding comedian-turned-business owner and  tracks the many successes he's had along the way, the struggles that come with taking risks and putting yourself out there, as well as some truly great lessons learned along the way.

With the recent tease on social media announcing the opening of a second Comedy Bar location, on the Danforth, we're thrilled to get to chat with Gary about his journey in Toronto comedy and his excitement for all that's to come. 

This is an episode for comedians and for fans of comedy. You'll see what it takes to create a space for an entire community of comedy artists; how to foster that community and the heights where it can lead. 

KEY CREATIVE TIPS:

Comedy, Writing, Performance, Touring, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Accessibility.

 

Nick's Update:

Editing again, and prepping for NaNoWriMo

Brie's Update:

Niagara Falls Night of Art, Improv Fallout back at Mahtay Café, Writing Accountability Partner

 

RESOURCES

Comedy Bar

The Second City

 

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E72 - Creating a Comedy Business with Alan Belerique

30Aug

Alan Belerique (or Alan Bee as many know him) is a live comedy producer, actor, improviser and writer. His production company This Is Not TV has been creating live comedy content for Toronto audiences for the better part of a decade. His show “This is How We Duo” is making its return to live audiences on September 20th at Comedy Bar in Toronto.

Alan takes us on his journey through the world of comedy from his humble beginnings playing Goldilocks in elementary school, to a year spent in the Azores of Portugal, through to the many shows he’s produced both pre and post-Facebook. All throughout, a big part of Alan’s decisions have been based in creating space for community.

His experience is not without struggles and we’re reminded in this episode that there’s a reason they call this show business. We chat with him about finding balance, as Alan also runs his own company outside his career in comedy. It’s often tough to manage both businesses, making time for clients and customers to be happy in both worlds.

Actors, producers, creators and fans of Jason Momoa will greatly benefit from this episode with the hard-working and multi-talented Alan Belerique.

 

Key Creative Tips:

Producing, Comedy, Improv Comedy, Entrepreneurship, Community, Real Estate

 

Nick's Update: Editing again! Working on his horror novel.

Brie's Update: Improv Niagara’s live shows, and classes beginning in September. Also ghost tours!

 

RESOURCES:

More from ALAN BELERIQUE:

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E71 - How to Write When You Don’t Feel Like Writing with Cathryn Naiker

2Aug

Cathryn Naiker is a comedy writer, podcaster and stand-up comic. Join us as we explore the journey that took Cathryn from googling “How to Write Comedy?” to becoming a professional TV writer, most recently for the CBC’s upcoming comedy series “Son of a Critch” starring comedian and 22 Minutes veteran Mark Critch.

Cathryn gives us some seriously helpful insight in the biggest change she made from writing as a hobby to writing professionally and we chat about how the pandemic has held up some important progress in her stand-up career. 

It wouldn’t be #StrugglePod if we didn’t chat about some of the more challenging elements of our guest’s journey; this time including the financial worries of moving back to Toronto and concerns about weight, health and physical fitness.

Aspiring and working writers, comedians and creatives of all kinds will hugely benefit from this interview with the super talented Cathryn Naiker.

 

Key Creative Tips:

Writing, Comedy, Stand-Up Comedy, Admin, Screenwriting, Mindset 

Nick's Update: New Struggles = dog ownership! Old Struggles = writing.

Brie's Update: Improv Niagara wins 2021 Readers Choice Award for Best Live Theatre

 

RESOURCES:

More from CATHRYN:

 

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E70 - Kirk McCullough on the Balance Between Money and Joy

28Jun

In this episode, Nick and Brie celebrate the end of the school year with improviser, producer, and Kindergarten teacher Kirk McCullough. Kirk came into the Toronto improv community as one of the most organized show producers on the scene. One half of the improv duo Cadley Brooper, Kirk produces Duo Derby, one of the only live shows to seemingly seamlessly transition to an ideal online improv experience. Having studied at The Second City and now a member of the Assembly, Kirk is bringing positive, supportive and joyful vibes to the community, both online and off.

When it comes to splitting focus between teaching kids and improvising with grown-ups, balance is required, and we learn some of the challenges Kirk has faced along the way when it comes to making sure he’s putting his energy in the right places.

Teacher by day, performer by night. This episode answers the ultimate question: “HOW DOES SHE DO IT?”

Key Creative Tips:

Live / Online Comedy Show Producing, Improv, Teaching, Teaching Online, Finding Balance, Going with the Flow, LGBTQ Pride.

 

Nick's Update: No writing. Spending time with Kids.

Brie's Update: New Second City class on Hosting. Having enough students signed up to hold classes.

 

RESOURCES:

More from PATRICK & RYAN

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