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Steffi DiDomenicantonio: Actress, singer

Steffi DiDomenicantonio is currently performing in the Toronto production of “Come From Away.”

At the age of 29 she’s achieved great things and I know her career is just beginning.

Although Steffi rose to national prominence as a finalist in the 2006 season of “Canadian Idol,” she’s been a musical theatre performer for most of her life.

In our conversation, Steffi explains the secret to her success and how a vision board helped her focus on a dream gig performing in the first Broadway national tour of “Spring Awakening.”

She has a great story about her “Come From Away” audition.

We also talk about her television work on “Crawford” with Mike Clattenburg, best known as a creator, writer and director of the comedy series “Trailer Park Boys.”

Follow Steffi on Social Media
Instagram: @SteffiD5
Twitter: @SteffiD3

Watch Crawford season 1:

Come From Away
Royal Alexandra Theatre
260 King Street West, Toronto
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Murray Foster: musician, songwriter

Murray is best known for his work as bassist in the Canadian bands Moxy Früvous and Great Big Sea. In 2014, he directed the Independent Film, “The Cocksure Lads Movie” which is now being developed into a musical “Chelsea Sunrise” with the Canadian Music Theatre Project at Sheridan College.

You’ll hear how he wrote the songs for the play and why he never received the investment he was offered when he appeared on the TV show “Dragon’s Den.”

Murray’s Website:
Chelsea Sunrise at the Canadian Music Theatre Project at Sheridan College.
Murray on Twitter
Murray on Facebook

“The Secret Life of The American Musical” on Amazon.

Chris Boyce Executive Producer at Pacific Content

Chris Boyce is the Co-Founder and Executive Producer at Pacific Content, who produce podcasts for big brands including Shopify’s “TGIM” and Slack’s the “Slack Variety Pack” which Fast Company described as “‘This American Life,’ meets ‘The Office,’ meets ‘Monty Python.’”

I spoke with Chris at Podcamp Toronto, in 2016.

Chris’ background includes his term as Executive Director, Radio/Audio, and Director of Program Development for CBC Radio, overseeing the development and launch of programming including “Q,” “Under the Influence,” “The Debaters,” and “Spark.”

In our podcast, Chris discusses the value of figuring out “what is the story I’m trying to tell” before you begin your interview.

The reason to elicit emotions and drama from your guests, rather than facts.

We play a podcast clip that demonstrate how to create the audio illusion you are recording on location with your guest when you are actually recording from your office on Skype or Zencaster.

Chris provides information for freelance producers hoping to work with Pacific Content.

Show Notes
Pacific Content
Slack TGIM podcast

If you enjoyed this interview, you might also like my podcast with Jesse Brown publisher and host of the podcast CanadaLand. You’ll learn behind the scenes lessons on how Jesse balances his advertisers and the $100,000 he receives from his listeners via Patreon. Click for the episode.