I am so excited to share with you an exclusive interview with Toronto pop singer-songwriter Jenna Bennett regarding her new single "Priceless". Check it out:
What inspired this single?
This song was definitely inspired by love, loss and hope. Everybody experiences these things within their life, hence the reason I feel this song can touch every single person in their own way. Everyone will come across someone in their life that is extremely important to them. This song was inspired by the idea that no amount of money and no words could describe the love you’d have for this person…they’re priceless.
Where do you see yourself in the next few years?
I definitely see myself in the studio, collaborating with producers and continuously evolving my sound and creating new music. With the release of new music and the growth of my fan base in the next few years I see myself on tour, either opening up for a bigger artist or on my own small tour!
Technology and streaming has taken over. How has this impacted the music scene?
Technology has definitely taken over and changed the way music is shared and listened to. The potential to reach a worldwide fan base is at the click of a button and the opportunity to share your music as an independent artist is effortless. On the side of the listener, you can personalize your music daily and discover unknown artists that you may have never discovered before. Although as an emerging artist this creates a ‘little fish in a big sea’ scenario, for me I’m grateful to have the opportunity to share on a universal level, allowing my music to speak for itself.
You need to stop whatever you're doing right now and cancel your weekend plans because Netflix's latest original comedy series, "The Kominski Method", is pure fucking gold.
If you're a fan of "Grace and Frankie", you'll absolutely love this - or at least that was the case for me. I was glued to my computer screen from the second the series started until the second the series ended when I received the show to review. The synopsis is as follows:
The sun isn’t setting yet on the once famous Sandy Kominsky and his longtime agent Norman Newlander. Academy Award® Winners Michael Douglas (Kominsky) and Alan Arkin (Newlander) star as two friends tackling life’s inevitable curveballs as they navigate their later years in Los Angeles, a city that values youth and beauty. Both comedic and emotional, The Kominsky Method is an 8-episode, half-hour single camera show created by 8-time Emmy Award Nominee Chuck Lorre ("The Big Bang Theory").
The left me crossing my fingers and toes for a second season because the chemistry between Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin is just that good.
If you're a reality TV fan, you're in for a real treat.
hayu, a new subscription video on-demand service that delivers thousands of hours of top reality content, just launched in Canada. It's portable, affordable and fast. Its launch presented me with the opportunity to chat with Real Housewives of New Jersey star Dolores Catania. Check out our Q&A below:
Reality TV seems to be taking over the world and it’s incredible that hayu is launching in Canada. Do you have any reality show guilty pleasures?
New York and Dallas. I watch my friends, so Real Housewives of New York and Real Housewives of Dallas.
What have you learned about yourself throughout your time living life in front of a camera?
That people find what I thought was normal to be intriguing and people find my life intriguing.
How have you grown and/or changed since your first season on the show?
I grow and change every year regardless. All the time, regardless of what I’m doing.
I was broken when I started the show and I’ve come a long way with my self-esteem. It was very low when I started the show. The thing that changed me the most, was that I never used to share my life and my issues with a group of women. I always worked through things myself and having to share my issue with a group of women and with the world, being forced to in front of a camera, really helped me.
When I first started the show Jacqueline and Siggy threw a party for me and I wouldn’t come out of my room. I bought a size 10 dress when I as a size 2. I was so skinny from going through a bad breakup, having to start over and having the rug ripped out from under me and actually the show helped me. A lot of times the show doesn’t help people but its helped me get through some things. Even Andy [Cohen] said it looked like it worked in a positive way for me.
For more on hayu, click here.
Q&A conducted by blogger and on-air personality Amanda Weldon.
How did you first get into journalism?
I dreamt of being a Much Music VJ and would shoot talk shows under the “spotlight” by the fireplace in my living room when I was 11 featuring entertainment gossip blurbs from J-14, testing out my remote control hummer with my dog and giving away a Camp Rock calendar. I even did a little walk-in entrance to “Gonna Make You Sweat”.
A few years passed by before I decided to seriously pursue a career as a host. At 14, I created The Saverina Show on YouTube where I’d do little Skype interviews and then in-person interviews. At 16, it became a pilot at Cable 14 leading to other hosting and producing opportunities. Also during that time I had interned for Jully Black, wrote for Illuminessence e-Magazine and started an entertainment blog, The Saverina Scozzari Collective.
Who is your inspiration?
Jane Fonda. Sure, she’s had a facelift or ten, but she’s a f*cking legend. I’d love to kill it in the entertainment scene until the day I die and even drop a workout tape. The Saverina Workout has a nice ring to it, no?
Why do you think this industry is the perfect fit for you?
I get bored easily and this is one industry where that is not possible. There’s never a dull moment - it’s fast-paced, intense and often scandalous (probably the trait that sold me on getting into this - shoutout to my mom for letting me read tabloids like they were the Bible back in the day).
What advice do you have for someone just starting out in the field?
Have thick skin. The reality of this industry is that people are going to tell you that you suck - especially in the digital age. Take it, learn from it, and move forward. I personally appreciate these so-called trolls because they help you grow as a person and be better at what you’re doing. Being told how great you are feeds your ego which could lead to some serious issues down the road.
What has been your biggest obstacle thus far?
Practicing patience. It’s a daily struggle and can be discouraging. You don’t wake-up as Beyoncé. It takes time and a lot of small gigs to get to that level. I’m a major planner and want everything to go exactly as I picture. Life doesn’t work like that so I’ve had to learn to go with the flow and let things happen when they’re meant to. Easier said than done, but baby steps.
What is your dream job within the industry?
Covering the Oscars red-carpet as an entertainment reporter for E!. I dream of it almost every night and it’s on my vision board. I feel like that’s when and where I’ll have my “a-ha moment”.
Who would be your dream interview and why? *(You can choose anyone dead or alive)
Joan Rivers. There hasn’t been a female comedian even close to her level of funny. She told it like it was and had many struggles. I was heartbroken the day she passed. I feel if we had the chance to chat, the banter would be memorable and she’d have some killer stories to tell.
What is your daily mantra?
“If Britney survived 2007, you can make it through today.”
What are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on growing my blog The Saverina Scozzari Collective’s brand through a couple of video series, collaborations and photoshoots. I’m really looking forward to what the next couple of months have in store.
Barry Vincent is a senior high performance and lifestyle coach at ALP Training Institute and will be contributing health and fitness content to the blog regularly.
It takes more than a miniband and an Instagram account to build solid glutes. The majority of “instacoaches” promise a poppin’ booty if you do 1,000 reps per week of 10 different exercises with “these minibands that pay me $5 every time you buy a set, so hit the link in my bio to get yours”.
I’d argue that 99% of the girls who promote this way of glute training were either gifted by the booty gods, or used other methods (exercise or otherwise) to achieve said booty.
You’re going to have to start moving some weights and planning things out a little bit if you want to grow that peach emoji.
The glutes are like any other muscles, you’ll need a booty-building cocktail of volume, load, and intensity to get them to grow. More importantly, you need progression - meaning you need to up the ante a bit each week if you want to make this happen.
Say you do 100 reps of bodyweight glute bridges with a miniband looped around your knees to burn your glutes out at the end of your workout a 1-2 times a week. Of course it’s going to burn every time - that’s a lot of reps. But every time you do that 100 reps (with that same band) it sends less of stimulus to your glutes because they’ve adapted to that volume and that intensity. Over time (a short time), the results you get will diminish and you’ll hit a plateau before you ever get any visible results.
I’d have you consider training your glutes 3-4x per week, nothing crazy - add 2-4 sets of 1-2 exercises into your regular workouts but use different exercises (or at least different loads and rep ranges) on each day.
Try this template:
MAKE SURE you record all of the details you can build on next time:
Use this information to progress each workout - a little more weight, a couple more reps, maybe an extra set. Any progress is good progress and will inch you closer to that boomin’ backside.
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