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This twenty-three-year-old from Perth
has become a serious heavyweight in the
international fitness world, taking her patented
Jungle Body workouts to gyms throughout
Australia and beyond. Tara cut her teeth on
the fitness scene in New York, developing
a new gym alongside world heavyweight boxer
Wladimir Klitschko and former gym manager
Matteo Baker. “One thing which really stood
out to me there was a huge gap in the group fitness industry.” Upon returning to Perth, she set
about filling it, developing a workout called KONGA®
a one-hour workout that mashes cardio,
boxing, dance, strength training and Pilates. Talk about multi-tasking.
Through social-media marketing and word-of-mouth recommendations, the workout spread
interstate and overseas. Now, four years later, she offers an additional four workouts under the
catch-all Jungle Body brand, and has over 300 licencees in places as far-flung as Dubai and Finland.
“This year is all about expanding throughout the UK and Europe, with a host of appearances
at conventions, shows and conferences,” says Tara. “We also are building our social-media
presence to take fitness and dance fitness where it hasn’t been before.”
Then, there’s an upcoming home shopping network deal, which could make Jungle Body
a household name in the United States, as well as signal a full circle for Tara. “It’s exciting to be
venturing back to the USA where the idea first came from!”
A Subiaco-based business is changing the
way we learn, distributing educational videos
to some of the world’s finest universities.
Kanopy, dubbed ‘the YouTube of
education’, was launched in 2008 out
of a Perth garage, after founder Olivia
Humphrey stumbled on a surprising fact
while working in documentary distribution
for BBC and Roadshow Entertainment.
Tame Impala’s past two albums,
Innerspeaker and Lonerism, have scooped
the band a slew of awards, including
three ARIAs, plus a Grammy nomination.
Lonerism was even dubbed a “psychedelic
masterpiece” by Rolling Stone magazine.
So when the band’s producer, frontman
and all-round mastermind Kevin Parker
claimed that the new album he’s working
on will make the previous one look very
ordinary indeed, music insiders sat up
and took notice.
“I’m super excited about it,” he told
The Vine of the new, simpler album. “All
I can think now is that it’ll make Lonerism
look like amateur hour. From a sonic
viewpoint anyway, I’m just a lot better
at creating sounds.”
The Perth band that was a regular
at Freo hotspot Mojos has gone from
bedroom band to worldwide sensation.
Their self-proclaimed ‘psychedelic hypno-
groove melodic rock’ songs are being
sampled by some of hip-hop and rock’s
most prevalent and renowned artists, like
Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky.
Kevin currently splits his time between
Perth and Paris with his girlfriend Melody
Prochet, with whom he has collaborated
on the dream pop project Melody’s Echo
Chamber. He also works on the Perth-based
psychedelic funk/space rock project
Kevin Spacey, along with musicians Cam
Avery and Cam Parkin.
“Students were the highest consumers
of online video, yet it didn’t constitute part of
the higher education curriculum,” she says.
“I launched Kanopy to fill that gap.”
The business now boasts over 30,000 videos,
streamed to thousands of universities around
the world, particularly in the USA. “In the US,
the pace of customer acquisition has exceeded
our expectations,” says Olivia. “An example is
Stanford University, who were apprehensive
about video streaming in general, but have now
adopted Kanopy for not only licensed content,
but to host all their own videos as well.”
Still, she’s not surprised by the success.
“Students respond better to video than any
other media, and there is a wealth of incredible
productions available beyond mainstream
movies,” she says. “I believe storytelling through
film is one of the most powerful mediums to
learn, share and challenge ideas.”
Next up is global domination. As well as
the Subiaco office, bases in San Francisco and
Hong Kong are powering exponential growth
through USA and the Middle East. Olivia would
also like to make the videos accessible to people
who aren’t enrolled in a formal institution. “I
would love to see our videos available to anyone
wanting to learn through the power of film.”
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