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Monday, February 17, 2014

Sunny Meets: Phoebe Dykstra

Monday, February 17, 2014

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MTV Canada's Phoebe Dykstra is an example of what working hard & following your aspirations can lead to. Having grown up on a small farm in Manitoba, Canada, then working behind the scenes in the Music Industry, she chased (and would eventually catch) her ambitions of becoming a TV personality. Positive and personable, her authentic personality will surely expand outside of Canada so expect to see plenty more of Phoebe Dykstra in the near future. I had the pleasure of chatting with her about Canada's music scene and her experiences in Entertainment:

Sunny: You’ve often celebrated Canada’s vibrant Music scene in past interviews and features. For those of us outside of Canada, which upcoming bands and artists are we likely to hear more about in 2014? Are there any in particular that you feel we should be checking out?

Phoebe: First of all, let me just say the UK has got it going on! I have made lifetime friends over the years working in this industry, many of them being very talented, humble, beautiful souled musicians from the UK. I have so much respect for what comes from the UK. 

I think here in Canada we hear more about music coming out of the UK, than you hear music coming out of Canada , am I right? I mean, Justin Bieber and Drake aside. I’m a big fan of Hedley and Marianas Trench, they are Canadian bands that have been at it a long time. Hedley just released their latest album 'Wild Life' and Marianas Trench have one on the way, check them out for a smile.

Sunny: You became a VJ after competing in the MuchMusic VJ Search. Since that competition, what have you learnt about working in the Entertainment Industry and alongside A-list celebrities?

Phoebe: I have since moved over to MTV in Canada and it has been a non-stop rollercoaster ride. I have grown and learned more about myself in the past three years than I have my entire life. I’ve learned that some of the biggest celebrities in the world are the nicest and most grounded people you’ve ever met. I’ve also learned that is why they have gained their success. 

Throughout this journey I have also learned that money and fame doesn’t define a person, and that family and health are much more important . I’ve also learned that life is so short, do what makes you happy. Love more and remember that your flaws are what make you, you.

Sunny: You’ve interviewed Global superstars, including the likes of Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift. If you had the opportunity to interview anyone, who would it be and why?

Phoebe: I’m not sure I’d want to do a formal sit down interview, but I’d love to do a fun, reality based shoot with Eminem. My strengths are being myself on camera, and I feel that in that environment I could win Eminem over and have him open up to me, I’m not sure he opens up to everyone. I also hope that one day I do something powerful and / or beautiful enough to be interviewed by Ellen, she is my hero.

Sunny: What advice could you give to readers who are interested in a career in the Entertainment Industry as a TV personality? Where should they start? And do you have any tips for them after learning from your own experiences?

Phoebe: I’ve definitely heard a lot of really cool stories where someone has gone to broadcasting school, received an internship, and worked their way up, but it doesn’t always happen that way. I think it’s all about believing and working hard. Believing you can have, be, and do anything you want in your life. 

I was living on a farm as a support worker for adults with intellectual and physical disabilities. I was hired on at Much because of my personality. I had zero knowledge of television, but they liked my spunk and that I come across as real. I think just really, be yourself, dream big and believe.

Sunny: What would you like to achieve in the next few years as a TV personality within the Entertainment Industry?

Phoebe: Eeeeeeek! That’s a tough question because I kind of want to do a bit of everything. I want to do a reality, “Phoebe’s Adventures” type show, possibly with celeb guests. I for sure never want to be someone who reports on celeb gossip though, I wouldn’t like someone gossiping and making accusations about my life, so I don’t want to be put in a position where it’s my job to gossip / make accusations about someone else’s. I am open though to trying most things, as long as it’s fun and can make other’s smile!

Many thanks to Phoebe for taking the time to answer these questions. 

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Sunny Meets: Phoebe Dykstra - Sunny Stuart Winter


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