Making a podcast is a labor of love. You have to love the medium of podcasting and enjoy the process of focusing on others and what they do. Luckily, I love both of these things, but they are not always congruous with maintaining an individual art practice entirely separate from the podcast's content. I find that to make art you often have to be empty; in your own world. So often I would be working on an interview to post in a timely manner and realize I was too full of that other person in order to do my own work--and I was doing this slowly over the course of my time as a graduate student at the University of Victoria. I had no funding, and no offer for funding, just the intention to go out and talk to some people I thought were interesting.
Overly Dedicated was a podcasting project that produced roughly forty episodes. I had the honor of speaking to artists whom I knew and meeting new people whom I otherwise might have never met, if not for this podcast. It features artists living in Victoria, Vancouver, and Toronto, though that doesn't necessarily indicate they are from these cities. I am pleased to say that I was able to feature artists who came from a variety of different backgrounds and artists who have remarkable life stories.
All good things eventually come to an end. In my case, I had to focus on my graduate work. Luckily, there were--and are--people in Canada who have started their own podcasts focusing on the Canadian art world. And while I don't claim to be an initiator or the carrier of the 'podcasting mantle' in Canada I think I was able to start something special, and encouraged others to try podcasting.
A few notes on the audio quality and the ordering of episodes: I was very new to podcasting at the time, and was often conducting these interviews onsite (not in a recording studio). So, this means that the audio quality may not be stellar in every instance. This project was my introduction to piecing audio together, adjusting levels, etc. If you have to turn up or turn down your volume in some episodes, you have my apologies in advance.
I also haven't put the episodes in the order of their original airing. In posting this archive on my website--a year after it concluded, I found I had the unique opportunity to arrange the episodes like I would organize an exhibition. As a result, I have not sequentially ordered the episodes, but provided a link to the artist's website, alongside their bio and video.