YBY ep 282: Stephanie Herrera and a voracious love for all things creative and community focused.
This week on Yes But Why Podcast, listen in as I interview Stephanie Herrera, actor, writer, and entertainment insurance broker.
Stephanie Herrera is an Entertainment Specialist based out of Durham, Ontario, Canada. She is a Stage/Screen Actor, a Comedian, a Singer, a Writer, a Producer, an Acting Coach, a Director, a Key Note Speaker, a Corporate Trainer, a TV Host, and a Voice Actor. She has been the host and community producer on three shows at Rogers TV (Oshawa), produced, written, and directed dozens of interactive productions, comedy shows, and plays. She writes for film and television and has been Associate Producer and Casting Director for several productions in Toronto and Durham Region.
Stephanie is the founder and Artistic Director of Durham Improv Collective Inc, a not-for-profit which provides free/subsidized community programs with a focus on people with special needs and families at local abuse shelters. She has been fortunate to be a recipient of multiple grants through the Ontario Arts Council which has allowed her to teach thousands of students through Community Living.
Stephanie is also an insurance broker with McCAM Insurance Brokers Limited. In the entertainment insurance industry, her success is based on years of knowledge and experience in the Arts. Understanding the ins and outs of the entertainment industry, both in the for-profit and not-for-profit realms, Stephanie brings a passion and expertise that gives her an edge in the insurance field.
In our conversation, we talk about idolizing Carol Burnett, making musical improv with Jamie Lamb, and multi-level marketing for improv. Stephanie gushes about how much she loves performing, from singing onstage to acting on screen. She has an amazing drive to build her own entertainment business. Stephanie shares the story of how she first got into corporate improv. We discuss the ways in which we are connecting with our artistic communities. Stephanie tells me how she puts her personal touch on her improv classes.
Stephanie is constantly hustling because she loves working in the entertainment industry. From organizing events to teaching improv workshops to being on the board of the local theater, Stephanie gets involved and she is constantly looking for the next best way to help you!
Which brings me to this wild EXTRA part of Stephanie’s coolness – she’s an entertainment insurance broker. If you’re like me, you hadn’t even really thought about entertainment insurance before, but Stephanie helps me to understand. She is a total badass.
Support Stephanie Herrera by hiring her to teach you a workshop or act in your next film! Check out her improv school, Durham Improv Collective and donate to the cause! And, of course, if listening to this makes you realize you might need entertainment insurance, contact Stephanie and she can point you in the right direction!
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