Ep.19 Holly Wyder - Hustle + Team Work

October 20, 2017

Welcome to Episode 19 of House Lights!! Today we talk to Holly Wyder, who is a Toronto-based Actor with an amazing work ethic!

Holly is fearless. She has produced many live comedy shows in the city, produced and starred in "Getting Odd" which received praise in the 2016 Toront Fringe Festival, and is the creator the web series "Female Therapy". 

What's really amazing is that this is only the tip of the iceberg for what Holly has acomplished. We dive in and talk about her time in Toronto, and how she ended up making a well-produced web series without any initial production knowledge, but with just the drive to create a project.  

The power of collaboration and trusting the process was a key component in our talk. One of the biggest take away for me was that it's okay not to know everything, as long as you either take the initiative to learn or bring on team members that can support you. 

We dive into how Holly got her start in the entertainment space, how she dove into various projects, and what she learned from all this wonderful experience!  I really enjoyed this episode, and I hope you do as well!! 




Check out Female Therapy!! (Web Series)

Comedies Never Win Production (YouTube Channel, Facebook, Web)


As usual, our music is provided by our friend Ayaka from hooksonic.com! 


Ep.18 Florian Francois - Rencontres / Encounters

September 18, 2017

Welcome to Ep.18 of House Lights! We have Toronto-based actor, voiceover artist, writer, producer, and all-around hustler Florian Francois on the show! 

He's is a force of creativity and hustle. Having only been here in Toronto for about 4 years, and the amount of acomplishment Florian experienced is simply amazing! His current project, "Rencontres", can be seen on Bell Fibe TV. It's a French language TV series that showcases the people and city of Toronto.

We explore his origin story. I especially enjoyed learning about his hitchhiking/backpacking trip from Vancouver back to Toronto, and how that has affected him. We talk about the work that went into the making of Rencontre, and talk about guerrilla-style fillm making. The approach Florian, and his film parter Brennan Martin took to tell real stories in this medium was simply fascinating to hear! I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I have!!

Related Links

Rencontre on Instagram, Facebook, IMDBIndigogo page (closed campaign) 

Article about Rencontre via Toronto Guardian  

Previous House Lights Episode with Ivan Wanis-Ruiz  

The Actor's Place (TAP)

Ayaka's Music  


Ep.17 Ken Hall - The State of Play

September 4, 2017

Welcome to Episode 17 of House Lights! We have Toronto-based Actor, Comedian, Improviser, Ken Hall on the podcast today! He currently stars in the TBS show "People of Earth" as the alien Jeff the Grey, where his comedic talents flourish! 

This episode has been 4 months in the making and we were finally able to sit down for a conversation! Ken has been really busy! We cover Ken's origin story - how one deliberate change to improve his life snowballed into the amazing success he is having as a performer today. We talk about classes, teaching, his experience on set, and many principles that has helped Ken along the way. 

I learned a lot from this episode, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have! Check out the links below to learn more about Ken and his projects! 

As usual, the theme music is by my friend Ayaka at hooksonic.com! 



Follow Ken on Instagram, and Twitter!

People of Earth IMDB

2-Man No-Show Facebook Page

Ken's NY Fries Commercial Spot :)  



Ep.16 Davin Lengyel - Serving your Fans

August 28, 2017

Welcome to Ep.16 of House Lights! We have Davin Lengyel on the show, and he's our first web series director and producer guest! I'm really excited about this interview because Davin comes from an unconventional background doing really well in the web-series and crowdfunding world. 

In this show, Davin shares his experience in the web series world in the pre-YouTube era, and how one of his earlier projects develped into a legitamate TV series. We talk about his recent projects, Space Janitors and Deep Six. They are Sci-fi based webseries. You can actually check out Space Janitor here, and find out more about his current project Deep Six through the facebook page and crowdfunding page!

If you love science, this is the web series to check in. Davin and his team went the extra mile to ensure the science was accurate as possible. They consulted Prof. Jaymie Matthews who previously consulted for shows such as Stargate (SG-1). They also used rear-projection technology to bring their scenes to life, which is such an interesting concept not only from a technical point of view but in terms of acting in a scene. Check out rear-projection here!   

We then finally talk about crowdfunding and how Davin and his team worked with the actors of Deep Six. It was really an eye-opening conversation and I hope you enjoy this episode! 

**We recorded in a cafe - there's a bit of cafe ambience/background noise which I couldn't get rid of.. there were some parts were the noise was too much and I had to voice over some parts of the conversation. I apologize for any inconvenience. 


Some Links! 

Deep Six imdb - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6416100/?ref_=nv_sr_2 

Watch Space Janitors!! - http://geekandsundry.com/shows/space-janitors/ 

Some of the actors mentioned - Tamoh Penikett, Kristien Bruun, Mika Collins, Michelle Morgan

Ron Leach's Scene Study Class (Sept.12-Oct.31st) !! - http://www.ronleach.com/scenedynamics/ 

Music by Ayaka - hooksonic.com  


Ep.15 Anita Abbasi and Martin Baena - Making a film!!

August 8, 2017

Anita Abbasi and Martin Baena make amazing short films. They collaborated to make “The Talent Scout” (2015), and their latest project “Mariah ¡Que Baile!”. We talk about their film making process, what their partnership looks like and the lessons they took away from these experiences. This is our first conversation with film makers on the podcast and I’m really excited to share this with you.

We talk about what their pre-production, filming, and post-production process looks like for their new project “Mariah ¡Que Baile!”. We talk about, how they went about funding, found actors, putting together a team, submitting to film festivals and more. We get a glimpse of what directors think about when working with actors, and how they apporach storytelling.  

If you wanted an inside look into what making a short film can look like, this is your episode! Anita and Martin also work in the film industry, and the thoughts and knowledge they shared was amazing! I hope you enjoy this episode!


About Anita - https://cinematekkitsch.com/

About Martin - https://martin-baena.com/

Support Mariah ¡Que Baile! - https://www.facebook.com/mariahquebaile/

About Steve Ejbick (The Sound Guy!) - https://www.linkedin.com/in/steven-ejbick-63296b35/?ppe=1  

Lester Millado’s (DOP) Cinematography Reel - https://vimeo.com/83605287  

The Talent Scout - http://www.nsi-canada.ca/2017/05/the-talent-scout/#

John Cassavetes - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001023/

Podcast music composed by Ayaka Kinugawa (hooksonic.com)


Ep.14 Neeraja Ramjee and Clinton Walker - Broken Images

July 31, 2017

Welcome to Ep.14 of House Lights!! We have Neeraja Ramjee and Clinton Walker on the show today! They are currently working on a production of the play "Broken Images" written acclaimed by Indian playwright Girish Karnand.

We talk about Neeraja and Clinton's origin story, how they got started in acting. We talk about training, collaborations, and approaches to developing a one-person show. I learned a lot from this conversation, especially about the one person theatre format. Their passion and commitment to the production is contagious, and it's amazing to see how Neeraja's vision of putting up a play is coming to fruition.

"Broken Images" will be playing at the Red Sandcastle Theatre located in Leslieville from Aug.11th to 20th! Please check out their event page for additional information!!


https://www.facebook.com/brokenimagesplay/ (Broken Images Event Page) 

https://www.instagram.com/brokenimagesplay/ (Broken Images Instagram)

http://hooksonic.com/ (Ayaka's work) 



Ep.13 Ben Train - The Magician’s Mind

July 24, 2017

This is episode 13 of House Lights, today we have Toronto based magician Ben Train on the show!

This concludes the mini-series examining the mindsets of magicians and getting to know the Toronto Magic Community.

We talk about ideas magicians and mentalists deal with when giving a performance. We touch on ideas like originality, suspension of disbelief, ethics, and many things that made me think about my own performances moving forward.

What’s also exciting about this episode is that we talk about the community of magicians in Toronto, and the Toronto Magic Company which Ben is one of the founding members. They are making live magic performances more accessible for everyone in the city. I hope you enjoy the sneak peak into the magical side of Toronto!



The Toronto Magic Company - https://www.torontomagiccompany.com/

Ben Train - http://bentrain.ca/ 

TMC Social - Facebook, Instagram

Discourse in Magic - http://discourseinmagic.com/ 

Browser's Den of Magic - http://www.browsersden.com/ 

Music by Ayaka from hooksonic!


Ep.12 Chris Mayhew - Shattering Obstacles

July 17, 2017

Welcome to Episode 12 of House Lights! Today we have Toronto based magician, Chris Mayhew with us. He is a prolific creator of magic effects performed by magicians world wide. He is a solid entertainer who can be seen performing live magic shows all around the city. 

We talk about how Chris transitioned his career path form being a magic creator to performer. He shares the obstacles and triumphs he faced as he developed into the performer he is today. We had an interesting discussion about drawing parallels between skills and crafts outside of magic and how that ties into anything you choose to pursue. We had a great conversation, and I hope you enjoy this as well! 


Some links related to this episode 

http://www.chrismayhewmagic.com/ (hire Chris!)

https://www.torontomagiccompany.com/ (check out local magic shows!) 

https://www.artofmagic.com/ (want to learn magic?) 

http://discourseinmagic.com/ (Check out this magic podcast by Toronto magicians!) 

http://hooksonic.com/ (looking for music for a project?) 


Ep.11 Kevin Vidal - Being Open

July 10, 2017

Welcome to Ep.11 of House Lights! We have Toronto-based actor and improviser, Kevin Vidal on the show today. 

Kevin's amazing, he performed on the Second City Mainstage, various commercials, and on TV shows such as Sunnyside, Kim’s Convenience (CBC), and Workin' Moms (CBC)! Still early in his career, he has gained much success in the Toronto entertainment scene, and he’s just killing it!!

We talk about how Kevin got his start in the industry, how relationships were key to his success, his experiences and approaches on working on set and much more. It was a really fun conversation full of great information!! 

Also, we have new music for the podcast!! This amazing work was provided by my friend Ayaka Kinugawa, who is also based in Toronto and works in music professionally. You can check out Ayaka and her partner’s work at http://hooksonic.com/ if you are looking for music that can bring your work to life!


Kevin's IMDB

Comedy Duo - Soul Decision (check out Conversations with Actors!) 

CBC's Working Moms, Kim's Convenience

Check out Ayaka's work on Hooksonic!!

Thank you so much for listening in, have a great week everybody!!  


Ep.10 Ivan Wanis-Ruiz - Power of Execution

July 3, 2017

Welcome to episode 10 of House Lights!! 

We have Toronto based actor Ivan Wanis-Ruis this week! He is also the founder of The Actor's Place (TAP) which provides actors with opportunity to experiment and work on their skill sets. Ivan has built a community of suportive actors through TAP, and now they host an annual film festival. 

We talk about Ivan's transition from the Vancouver entertainment space into the Toronto scene. How TAP got started and grew to what it is today. He also shares his take on how actors should go about starting out in the industry, and is filled with amazing actionable advice for actors. 

The biggest takeaway for me was the power of execution. We tend to get in our heads and make up excuses to avoid action. Ivan is a great example of someone who walks the walk and created something amazing. I really hope you enjoy episode 10 of House Lights!! 


Learn about The Actor's Place (TAP) 





Check out.. 

Recontre - https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rencontres-la-serie-rencontres-the-series-tv-film#/

Backline podcast - https://www.facebook.com/thebacklinepod/


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Music Credit: Sad End Game (Andy's Dandy Mix) by Andrew Wainwright (c) copyright 2017 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial  (3.0) license.