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.
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About Me Q&A
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.
Got any questions? Reach out!
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Interview with Panicland
Winnipeg based pop group Panicland recently released their new single "Wasted" and I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to chat with them about it. Check out our Q&A below:
Describe the vibe of your new single “Wasted”.
A) “Wasted” is a song that we never intended on releasing - I originally wrote/recorded the song for an ex and only for her. I recorded the whole song as fast as I could (in less than an hour) so I could send it off to her while she was still up, which is really out of character for me but I felt I needed to do it! A month later while finishing the songs we wereplanning on releasing the band and a few team members heard “Wasted” and decided that would the first single. So after re-recording the whole track we decided that the version I recorded that night had the emotion the song needed, so we that’s the version we put out - the 12am demo.
What is it like to work with so many major industry professionals?
A) The main thing I get out of working with so many different people is it speeds up the learning process. These accomplished writers and producers got to where they are by making a series of mistakes and I have the option to 1. make these mistakes myself or 2. learn from their mistakes so that I don’t have to make them. I need to always to surround myself with people who make me feel like the least-smartest person in the room.
Where do you see yourselves in the next few years?
A) I hope to be one of the hardest working bands in the music industry (and that can be recognized or unrecognized - it doesn’t matter) and not just making music but making music that is part of culture. I think the only way to make an impact is to write/record songs that are not only great songs but songs can cling onto some piece of culture. That’s what allows songs to last a long, long time!