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Chris Boyce Executive Producer at Pacific Content

Episode 86, Feb. 24, 2018

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.

David Merry: Magician, comedian, writer

Episode 84, Dec. 19, 2017





Are you a risk taker? Have you managed to find a balance between the creative process and earning a good living?

As a writer, David Merry has written jokes for legendary comedians including Joan Rivers and Rodney Dangerfield.

As a magician, he’s invented some spectacular tricks

And as a comedian, he’s one the most “in-demand” performers I’ve worked with doing hundreds of shows each year.

Through all of this David’s taken risks and he opens up about the ups and downs of his many ventures.

David’s a lifelong learner who’s in the process of meeting the requirements to become a member of the Director’s Guild of Canada, but most impressive is that through all the ups and downs and transitions in his entertainment career he’s been a great husband and father.

David’s Website
David Merry on YouTube .
David’s New Year’s Eve show in Ottawa with Ben Miner and Jessica Holmes. Info and tickets.

Bethany Joy Lenz, actress, singer-songwriter and filmmaker

Episode 83, Dec. 15, 2017

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Are you a creative soul? Learn from successful and emerging artists who will inspire you to create your best work ever!

Bethany Joy Lenz stars in the new movie “Snowed Inn Christmas” premiering on Lifetime, Saturday, December 16 at 8 pm. Canadian viewers can see it on W Network Sunday, December 17 at 6 pm.

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Bethany Joy Lenz in Snowed Inn Christmas
The Los Angeles Times and the Detroit Free Press picked “Snowed Inn Christmas” as a TV highlight of the week with the latter adding it’s a “feel-good movie… about a woman (Bethany Joy Lenz) and man (Andrew Walker), who have nothing in common – until they’re called upon to help save the historic town inn located in Santa Claus, Indiana.”


Snowed Inn Christmas with Andrew Walker and Bethany Joy Lenz
Lenz plays a button-down journalist who, like her character in “One Tree Hill,” is smart and knows who she is – at least until she gets trapped on assignment with a colleague she’s competing with to save her job.

The setting, a gorgeous turn of the century Victorian home in Santa Claus, Indiana (a real town), provides a romantic and mysterious backdrop where the journalists discover the stories of their lives.

Check out this charming video of Lenz and Walker.

As well as appearing in “Snowed Inn Christmas” Lenz recently joined the cast of “Grey’s Anatomy.”

In the podcast, we cover everything from her appearances on the daytime soap “Guiding Light” to “One Tree Hill” and her new role in “Grey’s Anatomy.”

She opens up about the time she auditioned for “Once” on Broadway, it didn’t go well, and a new Broadway musical she’s written.

Bethany Joy Lenz on Instagram
Bethany Joy Lenz on Twitter
Bethany Joy Lenz on iTunes
Bethanj Joy Lenz’s Jewelry on Stilnest

Snowed Inn Christmas on TV
Lifetime – Saturday, December 16 at 8pm.
W Network (Canada) – Sunday, December 17 at 7pm.
Twitter – @LifetimeTV
Instagram – @LifetimeTV
Facebook – LifetimeTV