Being an Artist is F**king Killing Me

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GalPal Productions | Toronto, Canada | 3 minute read

Meet the Pals: GALPAL Productions is a creative duo who uses dance film and podcasts to connect with both their immediate community and the broader arts community within North America. Corynne and Raine met in Calgary while dancing together in university and in a local company. Upon reuniting in Toronto they began to create together, and GALPAL Productions was born. Focusing on dance through short films and live performances, the creative duo has produced three short films to date and the weekly podcast, ‘Being an Artist is F**king Killing Me’. The duo’s small town roots have led to their focus on community and collaboration – they are always looking to work with others to expand their knowledge and challenge what it means to be an artist. Corynne and Raine wanted to find a way to communicate with as many people as possible, in a medium that was accessible, thus the podcast.

The Podcast: ‘Being an Artist is F**king Killing Me’ was created in an effort to address the trials and tribulations of being an artist. While working with filmmakers, editors and dancers we became aware of the lack of resources artists had for their mental health and started searching for a platform or safe space to share and create with others. Producing the podcast has created a sense of community amongst artists of different disciplines within Canada and the United States. Together we sit down and have a conversation about who the artist is, why their specific craft and the struggles and tiny victories that got them to where they are today. The podcast tries to hone in on the tough conversations and to be as vulnerable as possible, in an effort to always be relatable to the listeners. The world has heard enough of the hero’s story, the pals wanted to hear from people like themselves, and other artists. The career path we’ve chosen as artists is extremely rewarding and we are lucky every day we get to do something we are so passionate about, but it also comes with challenges that many people have a hard time expressing and talking about. The duo wanted other artists to know that someone was there. It is okay to talk about failure, ‘successful’ artists should not be the only ones allowed to tell their story.

Corynne and Raine are committed to the mantra ‘Real conversations. Real Artists.’ Trying to redefine what it means to be successful’. The GALPALS wanted to fill a gap between the different genres in the Toronto arts community. They have interviewed actors, dancers, singers, musicians, clothing designers, business starters, photographers and the list goes on. The Pals want to continue to be the ones to lift other artists up, to give others a platform to speak and help continue to make our community whole. Who we surround ourselves with is who we become, so surround yourself with a community that inspires and motivates you. We are so thankful we get to do what we love everyday with our best friend. So go take a listen to our podcast or go find us on social media, because we love hearing from you! Together the pals hope you continue to support and encourage local Canadian artists and always be passionate about what you do.

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