My totally kosher, knish-depth knish-terview with Lori Gabay Jioia, of the Gabila’s Knishes family! I do freelance copywriting for Napkin Marketing Inc. in Thornhill, Ontario, and Gabila’s is a new client of Napkin’s that I was writing Facebook ad headlines for. On October 12, 2017, Lori and her husband came up to Toronto from NYC for their first official knish shoot, to make videos for their website launch. Before Lori escaped at the end of the shoot, Napkin’s Adina Zaiontz filmed me getting the juicy, deep-fried gossip on America’s favorite knishes. What did I learn? You’ll have to watch, because I don’t knish and tell!
To plan a giveaway of a juice cleanse from Daily Press Juicery in Toronto, on March 8 I did a Facebook Live with Carolyn Wilman aka Contest Queen, who told me how to run the contest on Instagram.
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Watch my hilarious product review of DIY Faux Fox Fur Fluffy Pompom Balls, assisted by my lovely female co-host, filmed Feb. 6. The balls come in Mixed Colors and are great for Hats, Shoes, Scarves, Bag, Charms, Accessories. Buy at:
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Do you have itchy ears filled with ear wax? Watch my hilarious product review of the Smart Swab ear cleaner, assisted by my lovely female co-host, filmed Feb. 6. The vendor who sent the product to me has left Amazon. But other vendors of the item are:
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Emma has over 80k followers at twitter.com/sleepy_comedian. She makes music and comedy to help her deal with challenges like Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, chronic pain, depression, binge eating. She lives in England. She followed me on Twitter, and I saw her tweet that she wanted someone to interview her. I offered, and we did it over Skype. She was very patient while I tried to solve some technical glitches with my broadcast software – I even brought in the software creator to help. And then we got rolling, and I drew a cartoon of her, which she has made into her profile image. (Filmed Feb. 2, 2018)
Oh, and for some reason, this video wasn’t live on my Facebook, so my followers weren’t seeing it. That’s why none of my followers were commenting on it.
Here’s my interview with rapper Won Now about his The DOT – Discover Opportunity Toronto show at York University’s Underground Campus Kitchen! ? The story: On Jan. 29, my neighbor Kathleen Larsen was at Shoppers Drug Mart and I walked over to meet her, to get groceries. I was looking at frozen burgers, when I heard an employee stacking a shelf behind me and singing along to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ Free Fallin’ that was coming through the speakers. Without turning around, I said: “Is that an angel singing?” Then I turned around and said, “Oh, it’s you.” I don’t think “Colin” was impressed with my joke. But I added that he’s a good singer. I was looking at bags of burgers for $14.99, but then I noticed that the President’s Choice Canadian-Filled burgers were on sale for $5.99. They were on the top shelf and he reached them for me and I took three bags. He helped me check the expiry dates just to make sure there wasn’t a catch. I told him he could come to my place for a barbecue. Then I filmed me telling that story in my Instagram Story. I asked what his IG is so I could tag him. I quickly glanced at his page, and even though I didn’t see anything music-related, for some reason I asked “Are you a rapper?” and he said yes. I said I would interview him sometime. Then Kathleen and I walked to another aisle. A few moments later he ran into our aisle and told me he was doing a concert next week. I told Kathleen to film me doing a quick 60 second interview on the spot, to promote the show on Instagram. Then I asked for a selfie, and he taught me the finger sign he invented for his brand. W for his rapper name. I told him I’ve been trying to think of a finger sign for my selfies, like a CJ for Celebrity Josh. But his W is cooler.
Read the Vulture article featuring my interview here!
The story: My entertainment reporting is featured in Vulture – a huge New York Magazine pop culture site! In a profile of Doug Jones, star of The Shape of Water, they referenced my TIFF interview where I showed Doug a cartoon I drew of him. And the headline shows that the article was built around the question I asked Doug. It was a lot of work to draw cartoons of the celebrities. And it took a long time to upload the vids to all my social media. But as this shows, you never know which video, cartoon or post will be the one that leads to more. So you just have to persevere, like Doug has! The article says Doug‘s big break finally came when he was 46, when he thought his chance to become a name was running out. I’m almost that age. Maybe I’m on the same path as Doug?
Here’s my interview with Doug:
Watch all TIFF17 celebrity interviews in my YouTube playlist here or by clicking the top left corner of the video above.
For this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, aka TIFF, hashtag #TIFF17, I applied for a media pass and they said my reach isn’t quite big enough for a full week, but they gave me one for 2 days. Which was fine, because I got to pick the days, and I got the days with superstars and future ex-Mrs. Rachlises like Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain.
Leading up to the festival, I posted little videos of me preparing for the festival, such as getting the holes in my jeans repaired so I could impress Jennifer Lawrence, and expressing my love for Priyanka Chopra. I got supportive messages from the website eBOSS Canada and from a PR firm – The women running those places thought my little vlogs were hilarious.
Once TIFF was on, I ran around to red carpets and interviewed big stars like Jim Carrey and James Franco. Raquel, whom I met on the Shapr app, came with me as my videographer, which made things a lot easier than when I was using a tripod alone last year. And eBOSS sent me to do a couple more interviews after my media pass ran out. Oh, and my interview with Doug Jones wound up being featured in Vulture Magazine two months later!
For my interviews, I drew cartoons of the talent and showed the cartoons to them. As mentioned above, you can see these interviews in my TIFF17 Celebrity Interviews Playlist here. And I filmed some of the more entertaining pre-film speeches, which you can see in my TIFF17 Celebrity Speeches Playlist here.
Which New Year’s person are you?
I drew this cartoon for Dashing Date, who put on the speed dating event I went to last month. The event was fun, but I’m still single. In case anyone wants to kiss me at midnight to make our own fireworks!
Let me know if you want me to draw a cartoon for your business!
Oh, and I tried drawing this one with a pencil, because using my drawing tablet last week took too long. The pencil was much faster. It looks rougher, but I kind of like that feel. It makes me nostalgic for when I used to draw on paper and the only people seeing my comic strip were the fellow students I passed it to in class.
The Facebook comments are fun: