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INTERVIEW: Musician, Patricia O’Callaghan, On Her First Nomination At the 2019 Juno Awards

Patricia O’Callaghan is a classically trained and multi-genre singer who has established herself as an incredibly versatile musician. She received her first Juno Awards nomination for Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral this year. Read more about her creative inspiration and how music has always been a part of her life.

Congratulations on your JUNO nomination, Patricia! How did it feel to be nominated for the first time?

It felt really exciting actually. It feels great to receive acknowledgement from the industry. Plus friends and family get very excited about it and it’s so nice to share that with them! 

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INTERVIEW: Actor, Director and Writer, Samantha Wan, Talks About Her Best Comedy Series Nominated Show, Second Jen

As an Asian-Canadian, Samantha Wan is forging a path to inspire creatives within the entertainment industry and advocating for the importance of representation in television and movies. Her show, Second Jen, is a buddy comedy about two second-generation millennials who are trying to make it on their own in the big city. Find out more about her work below!

Hi Samantha, congratulations on your nomination for Best Comedy Series in 2019 Canadian Screen Awards for your sitcom, Second Jen! Tell us about your show and how you came about creating it.

Thank you! Second Jen is a sitcom about Second Generation kids and their crazy immigrant families. Two Asian Canadian girls moving away from home and experiencing all their adult-ing firsts together. It’s based around the lives and neighborhoods of my co-creator, Amanda Joy, and myself. We created the show because at the time we found there weren’t many developed roles for us as Asian actors. We created what we thought was a pilot (later we realized it was more 22 min short films) and then used it to pitch at the Banff World Media Festival. There we got the show optioned by Don Ferguson Productions and some interest from broadcasters. Skip over three years of stuff that is less exciting to hear about, numerous bible rewrites, pitches, and LOTS of waiting ( maybe a bit of crying, thinking the show was over, then it wasn’t, then it was…), Rogers Media picked us up for development and then series! We finished our second season last year and are super proud of the work. The nomination is the icing on the cake!

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INTERVIEW: Justine Iaboni Talks From Blogger to Following Her Dreams In Music as Stellina

Justine Iaboni, known for her fashion blog in Toronto, is officially leaving the blogging world in order to pursue her dreams: to make music. We are introduced to STELLINA, an electronic artist and pianist with
high soprano vocals who will be releasing her first mixtape, STAR SEVENTEEN, which is now available on  is now available on Apple Music and also Spotify. Stellina opens up about the emotional abuse she experienced while learning music in her youth and the spiritual journey that led her back to music.

Thank you so much for talking with us, Justine! Please tell us about your creative journey, leaving your blog and returning to music as Stellina.

Thanks so much for this opportunity to share my story with your readers. I had long given up on my dream to be a singer. My blogging career was overall, on paper, super successful. But I wasn’t fully happy because I was turning my back on something that fed my soul, which was music. I told myself, “not this lifetime.”

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Ep. 154 Jasmin and Wesley

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Wesley Marshall and Jasmin Turner Evans joins us for our first guest podcast in 2014! Wesley and Jasmin are both voice actors in the making and they are currently taking classes to pursue a career in voice acting in animation. They talk about the VA community today and what it takes to step into the industry. Also, silly voices included.

Ep. 136 The Parker, the Ultimate Supervillain

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In this week’s episode, Gizzy B confesses her short but tumultuous relationship with Candy Crush Saga. The Lady Geeks also discuss  the ‘boys’ club’ of the comic book industry and video game industry — all while trying to figure out how to win Batman’s heart. Fanfic Theater: Attack on Titan x FREE!

Ep. 129 You Mad, Bro?

The Lady Geeks discuss a recent article which talks about a panel that took place in Hall H at San Diego Comic-con this year called ‘Women Who Kicks Ass’ as presented by Entertainment Weekly. The writer had revealed that the panelists — such as Katee Sackhoff and Michelle Rodriguez — confronted the audience about sexism and gender inequality in the industry. The reaction from a room full of mostly men was interesting.