Country crossover singer/songwriter and actress Liv Austen will once again team up with close friend and fellow actress and producer Laura Allen for series 2 of their incredibly successful podcast My Amazing Mess where they discuss the highs and lows of working in the creative industry with fellow creatives.
The two powerful women first met back in 2010 whilst training at The Guildford School of Acting in The United Kingdom. In the ever-demanding and often close-knit environment of drama school, they became instant best friends and strong supporters of each other’s journeys. Since graduating from the school the pair they have been juggling auditions, great jobs, bad jobs and learning many a lesson along the way.
And probably most interesting is the fact that they have each found other parts of the creative industry just as rewarding as acting. For Laura, this includes producing and starring in the pilot episode of a brand new sitcom titled Birdsnog, as well as producing and choreographing a run of the updated version of the musical Working.
While Liv, whose beginnings were in music, went on to sign a record deal, release an album; ‘A Moment Of Your Time’ and tour the UK, as well as writing music for other artists along the way – paving the way for her to become a major player within the ever-growing UK country music scene.
Inspired by the insight shared by the incredible people they have worked with in front of and behind the camera, on stage and behind the scenes in the theatre and both creatively and on the business side of things within the music industry, both Liv Austen and Laura Allen wanted to shine a light on all the wonderful but often overlooked creatives who are making a career for themselves right now.
Speaking about the My Amazing Mess podcast Laura says: “There are some very inspiring podcasts out there, but they often talk to people who have already become hugely successful – big names. As great as those conversations are, we felt like we were missing out by not talking to people who are right in the middle of it now. It’s more current
While adds: “Some of the things that worked 20 years ago may not apply anymore. Also, we wanted to have real, honest conversations. No career – especially in the creative industries – is all good or all bad, and we learn just as much from the lows as from the highs.”
Series 1 of My Amazing Mess saw many, many examples of these honest conversations which featured a comprehensive variety of careers represented; an A&R manager, fellow GSA alumni, a professional songwriter, a theatre maker, a plus-size model and activist, a set designer, a filmmaker, and conservationist, a music producer
and session guitarist, a professional dancer and yoga instructor, and a theatre director.
All these inspirational guests shared openly what their greatest achievements so far have been, whilst also talking openly about their darkest moments battling with the challenges of their chosen career paths. Each weekly installment of the podcast sees Laura and Liv also discuss a new topic related to life as a creative, in the shorter episodes named Messy Musings. Topics like fear of failure, networking and dealing with loneliness have been covered and are extremely popular amongst their growing listener base.
Series 2 of ‘My Amazing Mess podcast with Liv Austen and Laura Allen will launch across Spotify, Apple Podcasts, TuneIn, Pocketcasts or wherever you get your podcast fix from. There will be a special recap episode on March 2nd, 2020 where the two hosts share what their favourite moments have been so far, before the new season officially kicks off with the first interview on March 16th, 2020. A new interview is released every Monday, and the Messy Musings are shared each Friday.
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