Blackout Podcast: Intimate Conversations With Amazing People Who Do Amazing Things.
It is about unfiltered truth.
A space to talk openly about life, art, mental health, family, beginnings, endings and everything in between.
April Baird - Artist
April is an artist and graphic designer living in Halifax. She went to college for Animation and Graphic Design. After graduating, she started to work as a graphic designer by day and an artist by night.
She started selling her illustration work at local conventions and craft fairs and has been doing so for 10 years. Her illustration work is a mix of cute and fun images, fantasy drawings, and fanart. She uses all sorts of mediums for her work, but mainly focuses on using her XP-pen tablet and watercolors.
http://instagram.com/aprilmdesigns (You can find her work online at @aprilmdesigns)
https://aprilmdesigns.com/ (You can also find her online store at www.aprilmdesigns.com)
https://capeandcowlcomics.ca/ (Or at the local comic shop Cape and Cowls Collectibles in Sackville. )
Alexa Cude - Photographer
Alexa Cude started photographing at the age of 9 and hasn’t stopped since.
To make it official, Alexa completed a BFA at NSCAD University in 2013 with a major in photography and a minor in fine art.
Since graduating, Alexa has been working as a freelance photographer on projects across Canada.
When she’s not working on client projects, you’ll still find Alexa working with her camera, chasing landscapes from coast to coast and sharing those adventures on Instagram.
https://www.instagram.com/seriouslyalexa/ (Learn more about Alexa @seriouslyalexa)
Julie Arab - Actress/Foodie
Julie Arab is an actress, comedian, rapper, foodie, and YouTuber that loves making funny content for the world to be entertained by.
Even though she seems like she has it all figured out, she used to struggle with her own demons and has masked her eating disorder with comedy.
She talks about how she survived addiction, and how to help others that may be struggling with mental health.
She is also known as Slim Julie Shady when she raps on stage because of her love for the artist Eminem. If you're a real Slim Shady fan, you'll want to have a listen to this interview.
https://www.instagram.com/juliehfx/ (Check her out @juliehfx)
Olivia Doughart aka Liv Kate - Model/Acupuncturist
Olivia Doughart aka Liv Kate is a multi-time internationally published model and a registered acupuncturist based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
During the week, she works in a collaborative clinic with other healthcare professionals. Treating various conditions from physical body pain to anxiety and depression.
Outside of the clinic, she works as a freelance model, doing a variety of styles. She's best known as being Halifax's Spiderwoman.
With a passion for art and creative expression along with helping others, she finds having these two careers extremely fulfilling.
Check her out at:
https://www.instagram.com/oliviadoughartacupuncture/ (@oliviadoughartacupuncture )
Photo: Mosy Photography @http://mosy.ca/ (mosy.ca)
Abigail Lower - Artist
Abigail is a British artist who settled in the Maritimes 13 years ago with her husband and three children.
She grew up endlessly drawing but abandoned art in her teens and didn’t return to it until she was 35.
In the last 7 years, she has focused on working with charcoal and drawing wild animals.
This practice has played a significant role in her recovery from depression.
https://www.instagram.com/abigail_lower_/ (Check her out @abigail_lower_)
Lizane Tan - Designer
Lizane Tan is a graphic designer, illustrator and letterer with a background in Graphic and Fashion Design from NSCAD University.
Growing up in the bustling city of Manila, Philippines then moving to Halifax’s serene coasts nourished her interest in the world and the different ways we all move through life. Intuition and a genuine curiosity for people, places and things are what fuel her design process.
She has worked in branding, advertising and editorial design settings and finds great joy in helping people tell their stories visually.
Now based in Montréal, she brings playful problem solving, international work experience and a collaborative approach to every project.
When she is not at her desk, you can find her practising yoga, working as a flight attendant in the winters or taking long walks outdoors.
https://www.instagram.com/lizanecrna/ (Check her out @lizanecrna)
Photo: Luke Clarridge
Israel and his team have created an absolutely wonderful podcast that lets you peek into the lives of some of Halifax’s incredible creative talents. Highly recommend checking this out!
Engaging stories about creativity and passion
As someone who loves hearing people talk about the things they're passionate about, I found this podcast to be a fascinating dive into the lives of some of the most interesting and creative people in Halifax/Eastern Canada.
Israel and The Blackout Podcast team are an amazing bunch of people . They invited me to come on to the show , not being overly confident in front of a camera but they were very encouraging and made me feel comfortable and made me feel like family .
I love their podcasts because they care so much about local art, music , writers , small businesses , and want to get the word out and help them ! All around fantastic idea and people ! Thank you for having me on your show ❤️