Each week Penguin & Rhino features an artist who’s caught our attention. They could be in theatre, film, music or visual art. The point is we think they’re kick ass and you should know who they are.
Name: Brian Cauley & Andrea Wrobel
Title: Media producers, co-owners of the all-natural, handmade soap company Porch Light, and are producers/stars of the upcoming documentary web series called The Peakbaggers. A + B also share all of their adventures, feelings, and romantic foibles on onethousanddates.com!
Who’s on your team?
Our bright ideas and positive attitudes, each other, you (seriously).
5 things you can’t live without?
Family, friends, quiet moments, a blank canvas, and, interchangeably, coffee and craft beer
What’s the best show you’ve seen recently?
Last fall we saw Catherine Hernandez’s one woman show, The Femme Playlist at Buddies in Bad Times. We were both floored by her riveting performance; it was powerful and touching and hilarious and real.
What are your plans for 2015?
We are embarking on a three-year mountaineering web series project called The Peakbaggers. We’re climbing the tallest peaks in Ontario, Saskachewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, PEI, and Nova Scotia this year! Follow along atThePeakbaggers.com! We are also launching an online store for our little handmade goods business, Porch Light (porch-light.com). Individually Brian hopes to produce more incredible radio docs and Andrea hopes to finish her novel. Oh and we also plan on becoming more centred human beings who somehow find time to paint, read, reflect, and inspire. So in summary, we’re not up to too much…
Most memorable moment of your career thus far?
Brian, “Launching Porch Light at Arts Market December 10th was pretty awesome.” Andrea, “Feeling comfortable and confident enough in my personal and public life to put ideas out there. With a big deep breath, I began, and that first little nudge came from my one true partner in crime and everyday inspiration: Brian.”
What would you be doing if you weren’t doing this?
Andrea, “I’d be eating a family pack of ice cream sandwiches and re-watching ten seasons of Friends. Key word: re-watching.” Brian, “Hopelessly searching for love and meaning and reason.”
What advice do you have for people who want to get to where you are?
The second step is easier than the first. Take the first step. Trust your gut, your taste, and your intuition.
Industry shoutout – who does it go to?
The amazing videographers behind Motion and Still who kickstarted some of our inaugural projects as a pair and consistently help transform our ideas into tangible plans, friendships, and futures.