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frankie is a national bi-monthly magazine based in Australia, aimed at women (and men) looking for a mag that’s as smart, funny, sarcastic, friendly, cute, rude, arty, curious and caring as they are. We’ve got a lot to say – so we thought we might as well create our very own podcast, chock full of chats with lovely, clever and interesting types. Pop us in your earholes and enjoy!
 
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Bonus Episode #2: Yes, it's another "very special episode" - a song... well, songs really... that are NOT in the songbook. None of my upcoming guest stars were available to record this week, so I'm taking this opportunity to tell you about a wonderful organization called Raw Impressions, which brings random artistic people together to accomplish so…
 
After years of making woolly jumpers for family and friends, expert knitter Lisa Kerr took the plunge and started her own label, Loris. It’s a one-woman show, with Lisa planning and knitting each cosy cardigan, jumper and sweater dress right in her very own living room. If you haven't seen them already, Lisa's creations are essentially a socially a…
 
Artist Ruby MacKinnon grew up in a household where painting the walls with water was a normal Sunday-arvo activity. Coming from a line of artists, designers and teachers, it’s little wonder she ended up as a designer, illustrator and hand-lettering queen (with a quick stint in film and TV in between). We spoke to Ruby about her childhood heroes, fr…
 
When it comes to photography, today’s guest, Dan Soderstrom, is a bit of a jack of all trades. He’s shot everything from portraits of folks in their rental homes to touring musicians and really, really, really ridiculously good-looking food – and along the way, he’s worked with clients like NAB, Sony Music and Adidas Australia (you may have heard o…
 
Pey Chi, aka Peggy Chin, is the crafty lady lighting up your Insta feed with bright and bubbly characters (often of the four-legged variety). The 2019 Good Stuff finalist is a textile designer by trade, but also dabbles in ceramics, zine-making and illustration. Beneath all her creative work is a desire to radiate positivity – basically, to give us…
 
Imagine a sleek diving board made from paper-thin white marble and steel, only it’s couch height and built for the sole purpose of holding your bowl of popcorn or glass of wine. That’s the project Daniel de Groot entered into the Good Stuff awards in 2018, along with his brother and wife, Anthony and Prue, who make up the furniture design studio Tu…
 
This week, we're bringing you a ripper chat with Shantel Wetherall – the presenter and producer of the Hey Aunty! podcast, and a finalist in the 2019 Good Stuff awards. Hey Aunty! features “fireside chats with black women, fems and non-binary siblings who’ve been there", and is a special space to share stories, have a belly laugh and dive head-firs…
 
Emily Dynes is a triple-threat director, photographer and composer who you may remember as a finalist from the 2019 Good Stuff awards. As a graduate filmmaker, Emily’s first short film was screened at a world-famous festival – not to mention the string of local and international accolades she’s received since – which is pretty impressive considerin…
 
Did you know a conventional plastic toothbrush can take up to 600 years to break down? Yikes! Joel Hanna is a co-founder of Big Little Brush, a venture selling sustainable bamboo toothbrushes that take only a year to decompose. On top of the eco-friendly factor, Big Little Brush channels 100 per cent of profits into primary health programs in Indig…
 
We’re talking to Kate Forsyth, co-founder and creative director of Good Day Club – a vintage furniture hire and event styling business based in Melbourne. Kate is a self-confessed expert at stacking unstackable chairs, and designing and styling the raddest non-traditional weddings you can imagine. Think bright colours, neon signs, and snazzy velvet…
 
Ruby was a music finalist in the 2019 Good Stuff awards, impressing the frankie team with a gritty, heart-wrenching tune called “Your Mum”. The South African native (who now calls Australia home) plays a bunch of instruments, including classical piano and guitar, and her dark, moody folk sound has been compared to musicians like Regina Spektor, Mar…
 
Sheena Chundee is a woman of many talents. A dancer and choreographer, business owner and sound engineer all rolled into one, Sheena's careeer is ever-evolving. In this ep, we find out: Who to listen to (and who to ignore) if you want a creative job What it’s like dancing at the Royal Opera when you’re a kid Following your passions Being your own b…
 
Susie Jones is a commissioning editor of documentaries at SBS and all-round TV expert who has more than a few words of wisdom for anyone who wants to score a job in show biz. Listen to this ep if you want to know about: Working in TV in Australia and the UK How to turn work experience into an actual paying job What it’s like working for Jennifer Sa…
 
We chat to Roz Campbell, social entrepreneur and founder of Tsuno, about using design to do good in the world (and help fight period poverty). Listen to this ep if you want to know about: The power of googling Starting a business when you’re still at uni Crowdfunding do’s and don’ts DIY marketing Accidentally becoming a period campaigner What it’s …
 
Jo Walker talks to Penny Modra, owner and operator of The Good Copy – a writing school, publisher and one-stop shop for folks who like to read and write. Listen to this ep if you want to know about: How to make money as a writer (it happens!), Starting your own mag Loads of good and useful tips for writers Starting a business (eek!) Getting up supe…
 
Our writing and podcasts judge is the one and only Benjamin Law – journalist, TV screenwriter and teller of filthy jokes. Hear how Ben made a name for himself in the industry and how he goes about juggling so many creative projects at once. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.By frankie
 
According to our community judge Grace McQuilten, ambition and talent are nowhere near as important as determination and persistence. Listen in to our convo to find out how to launch a social enterprise that can make a real difference. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.By frankie
 
Art and illustration judge Jeremy Wortsman runs the creative production and representation studio Jacky Winter. In this chat, he tells us what it takes to make it in the world of visual art, and how no mistake is impossible to recover from. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.By frankie
 
Small business judge Tess McCabe is a wearer of many hats: graphic designer, publisher, marketing superstar and sharer of wisdom. She breaks down what you need to know to get started in business and how to deal with procrastination. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.By frankie
 
Our craft judge in this year’s Good Stuff awards, Pip Lincolne, is basically a crafty fairy godmother. She told us about ditching the public service to pursue a creative life, and the importance of watching MacGyver while making cute stuff. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.By frankie
 
The frankie Good Stuff Awards are here! So we sat down with each of our wonderful judges to discuss where they came from; how they got to where they are today; and to gather a bit of creative advice. To listen to all the interviews and enter the awards, go to www.frankie.com.au/goodstuff See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Special Episode #12: In anticipation of the upcoming release of the cast recording of Encores Off Center’s production of God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater starring Santino Fontana, I bring you a podcast episode featuring Santino himself! I had the privilege of playing a small role in the show, so I got to watch Santino at work, and he is truly a brillia…
 
Special Episode #11: Five years later!! Here I am again with a new episode and an extra special guest star, THE bright star of Bright Star, Carmen Cusack! Carmen exploded last season with her highly acclaimed Broadway debut as "Alice Murphy" in Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's musical, garnering every lead-actress-in-a-musical nomination that exist…
 
Special Episode #7: It's been so long since I've done one of these episodes that I omitted a word from my intro! (Did anyone catch it?) I'm thrilled to welcome back the incomparable Sutton Foster. Not just a ridiculous talent, but also one of the warmest, most generous people with whom I've had the privilege of collaborating. Sutton is currently gi…
 
Month Upon a Time, Episode #12 (May): It's the final installment of my yearlong song cycle! I did it! And I have the perfect guest with whom to complete the cycle, someone who knows a thing or two about song cycles himself: Michael Winther! I've known Michael since the early 90's, when we were Plaids at the same time (but never in the same producti…
 
Month Upon a Time, Episode #11 (April): Remember last month when I said I wanted to do something special to celebrate my 50th podcast episode? Well, I'd say I hit the jackpot with a visit from the very special Dee Hoty! I've been a big Dee Hoty fan since seeing her as Alaura in City of Angels, and she has never disappointed, giving standout perform…
 
Month Upon a Time, Episode #10 (March): As you might have noticed, this month I give new meaning to the concept of waiting until the last minute. I'm literally recording, editing, and posting this episode on March 31, so I'm singing the song myself, out of necessity. (OK, admittedly, maybe I was ready to sing one of these songs anyway.) This month'…
 
Month Upon a Time, Episode #9 (February): I've been a big fan of Dee Roscioli's from the minute I laid eyes on her at the meet-and-greet for the 2010 24-Hour Musicals. Little did I know that she had already distinguished herself as the actress who performed the role of Elphaba in Wicked more times than any other performer in North America, a "title…
 
Month Upon a Time, Episode #8 (January): January... all about new beginnings, right? Well then, isn't it appropriate that my first special guest of the new year is my new bff, Courtney Balan? I've known about Courtney by reputation, ever since she stood by for both of the superstar ladies of [title of show]. But I'd never met her until last month, …
 
Month Upon a Time, Episode #7 (December): Remember back in the day when the holiday season would bring all kinds of special episodes of TV shows or even better, all singing/all dancing TV specials? Well, this is my interpretation of the holiday special, and what makes it so special is the fact that it's my first group podcast! Actually, I think it …
 
Special Episode #4: I'm so thrilled to add Donna Lynne Champlin to my list of special guest stars, first at my Birdland concert in November, and now on the podcast. After loving her performances in such Broadway shows as By Jeeves, Hollywood Arms, and Sweeney Todd, it's a real treat for me to get to hear her sing my songs. I do feel the need to men…
 
Special Episode #5: I had so much to talk about that I simply HAD to do a new episode. Tune in to hear all about my upcoming UK concert "tour, " and find out about my limited-time special songbook offer. Also, check out this never-heard-before trunk song, "My Time with You," written for the now-abandoned Betty Boop musical. (Recorded 4/24/08.) If y…
 
Special Episode #3: After a long break, I'm back! Last month, I finally got to meet Jose Llana at, of all places, Broadway Idol. (He was there as a judge, I was a there as a screaming Alysha Umphress fan.) As we were talking, I realized that I needed him to sing this song, so I pounced. And here he is! Jose is remembered, most recently, for his por…
 
Month Upon a Time, Episode #6 (November): Look who I got for this month's episode: Ghetto Superstar Billy Porter! Billy has been a friend since the early days, and it was only a matter of time before he popped up on here. What an interesting journey and varied career he's had - everything from Star Search winner (1992) to Broadway musical theatre s…
 
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