CHANGING the NARRATIVE podcast
HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA - A podcast born out of an all too familiar frustration; navigating life as an aspiring creative. How do you pay the bills? How do you grow? How did you get anywhere in this city? Well, Duane Jones, Terrence Taylor and Lauren Sears are set to give you a raw, unfiltered look at their journey. The trio’s new podcast, Changing the Narrative (CTN) seeks to shine a light on life as a creative, and provide an open forum for conversation about various topics through their eyes.
Sears inherited entrepreneurial spirit, now the co-founder of social enterprise recruiting firm Placemaking 4G. She joins Duane Jones, founder of Art Pays Me, is originally from Bermuda, and Terrence Taylor, originally from Las Vegas, NV., in weekly conversations about business, community and their experience as entrepreneurs of colour in Halifax. As an African-American, Taylor also wants black youth to see that creative entrepreneurship is a possible career option. “We’re only encouraged to play sports and play music. I started to realize that if that’s all we’re showing people, that’s all little black boys and girls are going to aspire to be…so how do we show people that they can be successful in different ways and do diverse things?”
Taylor connected with Jones, a graphic designer, through social media. Jones came to Halifax as an international student at 19. He became an entrepreneur because he wanted his ideas to be heard and to develop his own products. His clothing brand ArtPaysMe is “like a rallying cry to all the people that told me that as an artist I couldn’t or even shouldn’t want to make money,” he said.