50 episodes

Life is a blank canvas and you paint your own story.

The Blank Canvas - a podcast where Director & Producer Lee Rogers chats with the trailblazers, artists, thought leaders, athletes, entrepreneurs, and creators. Those incredible individuals who inspire us to live large.

The Blank Canvas Podcast Lee Rogers

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Life is a blank canvas and you paint your own story.

The Blank Canvas - a podcast where Director & Producer Lee Rogers chats with the trailblazers, artists, thought leaders, athletes, entrepreneurs, and creators. Those incredible individuals who inspire us to live large.

    049: Ant Middleton

    049: Ant Middleton

    Episode 49 of The Blank Canvas Podcast with Ant Middleton.

    Ant Middleton joined the Army in UK at age 16, eventually achieving the ‘Holy Trinity’ of the UK’s Elite Forces; the Marines, 9 Parachute Squadron and Special Boat Service and seeing plenty of action with three tours of Afghanistan. 

    As with many high achievers, whether elite athletes or soldiers, life after the strict discipline and adrenalin charged action can be rather challenging. After leaving the military Ant’s fall from grace was swift and he wound up in prison and hit rock bottom. This lead to a major re-evaluation of his life and Ant set out to build a career and life that his wife Emilie and kids could be proud of.

    A decade later and Ant has become a much loved master of survival and endurance in the fields of television, publishing and motivational speaking. 

    Five seasons as chief instructor on UK hit TV series ‘SAS: Who Dares Wins’, now shooting the second season of the hit series SAS AUSTRALIA. A trilogy  of memoirs, First Man In, The Fear Bubble and Zero Negativity - delivering 3 UK Sunday Times Number 1 Bestsellers with more than 1.5 million copies sold.

    Other adventures include climbing Everest and making the documentary Extreme Everest, his thrill-seeking road trip through Mexico with Rebel Wilson in his new series Straight Talking and the brutal re-enactment of ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ for the BBC series.

    We cover a lot of ground in this intimate conversation, including his forthcoming debut fiction thriller, Cold Justice and Mind Over Muscle, his live speaking tour which has been selling out across the UK, and is now coming to Australian in early 2022 – and much more. 

    Mind over Muscle tour: www.tegdainty.com

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    Produced by Lee Rogers & Rien MacDonald/RUKKUS

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    • 49 min
    048: Alex Russell

    048: Alex Russell

    Episode 48 of The Blank Canvas Podcast with Alex Russell

    Alex Russell is one of those young actors who’s been quietly, or not so quietly racked up a dozen movie credits; both in Australia and the US.

    After starring in the acclaimed indie feature Wasted on the Young, he played the lead role in the US science fiction thriller Chronicle, grossing over $126 million. Then starred in re-make of Brian De Palma’s horror classic, Carrie alongside Julianne Moore & Chloe Grace Moretz, Andrew Niccol’s movie The Host, Cut Snake with director Tony Ayres, a role in Angelina Jolie's Academy Award nominated epic Unbroken, Greg McLean’s film Jungle opposite Daniel Radcliffe, Only The Brave with Josh Brolin, Goldstone, with Jacki Weaver.

    In television, Alex is into the 5th season of global hit drama SWAT, starring as the much loved Jim Street.

    This is all great but what impressed me most and prompted me to want to have a yak with Alex, is that rather than just cruising along as a successful working actor, he’s pro-actively producing his own projects. His latest micro-budget indie movie UNDER MY SKIN is punching well above it’s weight. Written and Directed by Alex’s regular collaborator Aussie David O’Donnell, and produced by Alex and Raynen O’Keefe.

    The story follows Denny, a free spirit and artist who falls for Ryan, a strait-laced lawyer, played by Alex. When Denny questions her gender their love is tested. 

    It’s a powerful film and just won the Alternative Spirit Award at the prestigious Rhode Island International Film Festival and is currently trending on Aussie streaming platform in STAN. 

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    • 52 min
    047: Collette Dinnigan

    047: Collette Dinnigan

    Episode 47 of The Blank Canvas Podcast with Collette Dinnigan.

    When I think of iconic fashion designers in Australia, one name jumps to mind. Collette Dinnigan.

    Collette cut the patterns of her first lingerie collection and sewed the pieces together at home. After knock backs from Australian stores, she went straight to the top, Barney’s NYC. Cindy Crawford was the first customer and before long the international fashion press and buyers were red hot for this new designer from down under.

    She became the first Australian fashion designer to mount a full-scale ready-to-wear collection in Paris and has shown within the prestigious Paris Fashion Week schedule, an impressive 33 times.

    Collette’s work has appeared in film and television and has been worn by fashion icons worldwide including Madonna, J Lo, Duchess of Cambridge, Nicole Kidman, Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz, Sandra Bullock and Beyoncé.

    Accolades include Australian Designer of the Year Award, Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World Award, Louis Vuitton Business Award in 97 and in 2017 was awarded the Order of Australia, for her services to fashion.

    Over the past decade, Collette has broadened her design work to interior spaces for herself, private clients and hotels, and she has maintained collaborator and ambassador roles with a handful of prestigious brands.

    Most recently Collette has jumped out of her comfort zone, with Network 10’s Celebrity Masterchef. This an opportunity for Collette to showcase her passion for cooking and entertaining, and I can tell you, her talent definitely extends to the culinary world!

    Articulate and insightful, this long-form conversation offers a rare insight into a genuine creative force of nature.

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    • 51 min
    046: Keith Code

    046: Keith Code

    Episode 46 of The Blank Canvas Podcast with Keith Code.

    Keith Code is a writer, inventor and coach who has dedicated himself to understanding and teaching the art of riding motorcycles.

    Achieving success in California in the 70’s riding for the legendary Yoshimura team, Keith found he had an aptitude for analysing and communicating the techniques required to carry speed through a corner. Under Keith’s instruction, many a racer dramatically reduced their lap times.

    Encouraged by this success, Keith began his pioneering one-on-one courses in 1976. Distilling his theories onto paper and creating a numerous practical drills, Keith wrote his first book, Twist of the Wrist, to this day it’s the world's number one instruction manual for the motorcycle rider.

    In 1980, Keith established a school to offer his unique training to anyone with a motorcycle license. Four decades later, California Superbike School has become synonymous with sport-bike training, with schools in the USA, UK and Australia.

    As of 2021, riders who have been trained either at his schools or by Keith personally have won 65 world and national racing championships. His schools have operated at over 90 tracks worldwide in 15 countries and have trained more than 150,000 riders.

    Keith is an old friend and a unique character, our chat covers lots of ground and offers many humorous insights into this trail blazer.

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    • 48 min
    045: Tim Olsen

    045: Tim Olsen

    Episode 45 of The Blank Canvas Podcast with Tim Olsen.

    The first episode to kick off the 2nd year of The Blank Canvas, offers a remarkable insiders view of the art world. Tim Olsen is one of Australia's most respected art identities and successful gallery owners. As the son of Australia’s greatest living painter, John Olsen, Tim has lead a fascinating life. His recent best selling memoir SON OF A BRUSH is a revelation, it sheds extraordinary light on one of our most acclaimed artistic families.

    Growing up in the shadow of the great John Olsen came with many challenges, but rather than play the victim, Tim’s smart enough to realise what a privilege it’s been and eventually found his own voice and broad way of contributing to the art world. Through his galleries and other philanthropic work, Tim has nurtured and supported the careers of many of Australia's leading artists.

    This is a broad ranging chat and Tim recounts great stories of his time with likes of Brett Whitely and Robert Hughes, the revered author and art critic.

    Life can be pretty turbulent and grim at times but when you spend time with someone like Tim, you come away with fresh insights and awareness of art and appreciation as to the gifts that great artists contribute to our culture.

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    044: Jane & Jimmy Barnes

    044: Jane & Jimmy Barnes

    Episode 44 of The Blank Canvas Podcast with Jane & Jimmy Barnes.

    The Blank Canvas Podcast racks up the one-year milestone this week with not one but two special guests - Jane & Jimmy Barnes.

    Jimmy Barnes probably needs no introduction, he is quite simply the heart and the soul of Australian rock n' roll.

    Born in Scotland, raised in Adelaide, Australia, Jimmy was 16 when he joined the band Cold Chisel in 1973, quickly becoming the most powerful live act in the heyday of Australian pub rock. He went solo in the 80’s and since that time has been through it all and lived to tell the tales, selling more records in Australia than any other local rock & roll artist and has enjoyed EIGHTEEN #1 albums.

    Barnesy has found peace with his demons of late, and we’ve come to know that Jane is Jimmy’s rock, his angel, his guiding light.

    Jimmy’s output for 40 years has been prolific to say the least, about the only thing he hasn’t done is write a cookbook. Well, actually he can tick that off too, he and Jane have been cooking up a storm in lockdown and their cookbook ‘Where The River Bends’ is out in November.   

    This a candid chat which illustrates the unique, loving and hilarious dynamic at play between these two national treasures.

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    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
61 Ratings

61 Ratings

Silver&Wise ,

Awesome interviews

My three favourite episodes so far have been with Jenna Elfman, Lindsay Fox and Sean Sennett. Amazing people with fantastic stories and advice. Lee is the perfect MC and host giving his guests the stage they deserve to share their story.

Yvonicus ,

Thoroughly enjoyable and uplifting

Makes me want to discover my own creative outlet!
Lee’s manner is relaxed and he is interested! Makes for honesty and depth you don’t see often. So easy to listen to and the quality of sound is excellent too.
Can’t wait for more.

I’ve been listening to Lees podcasts non stop the last few weeks on my drive home. So enjoyable! The way Lee finds the point of reality, the interchange and conversational manner between him and his guest is just lovely. And so much insight into the wide wonderful “ industry of creation “. I really look forward to my long drives home now. Thanks Lee and producer Rien.

j fairs ,

Seriously addicted

This podcast kept me sane through Covid and now I know I’m hooked.
Lee’s questions are perfectly couched to allow his guests to speak freely, openly and safely without judgment and therefore gaining full insight and inspiration from their stories.
By the end of each episode, I feel more love for people and more motivated to go strong on my goals.
Love. It!

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