The Burly Photographer on The Invisible Cabaret Podcast (S1:E11)

You can listen to Episode 11 on men’s MENTAL HEALTH with the burly photographer here (below) or on our youtube channel

Boys Don’t Cry | Locking Down and Opening Up with Richard 'The Burly Photographer’ McKenzie The Invisible Cabaret Podcast: Mental Health & The Arts

Invisible Cabaret charters new waters this week, as we venture outside the troupe to talk about creativity and mental health with artists in other fields. And after guesting on his podcast earlier on in lockdown, how could they not put Richard McKenzie, AKA The Burly Photographer, top of the priority list! Richard is a fantastic live-event photographer, whose work has earned him international renown in the burlesque community. He joins hosts Ferrero Rochelle and Rosie Verbose to talk about how to keep motivated and inspired as a creative – even in an international crisis – as well as sharing his fascinating perspective on men's mental health and how cabaret might begin to bridge that gap. You can find Richard on Facebook as @digitalmck and on Instagram as @theburlyphotographer. CW – 15:23 brief mention of suicide. Some useful links for Men's Mental Health: CALM (for men aged 16-35); Dudes 'N' Dogs community group. *** What are you grateful for atm? Tweet @inviscabaret, DM us on Instagram, email us, or – better still – send us a voice message! *** Things mentioned in the podcast: Buy Richard's Book of Rainbows Richard's photographs from the BLM demonstrations and many more are available to purchase in this book Luscious Cabaret, run by Lady Luscious Museum of London's appeal for Covid collection contributions Councillors pointing at things Reading Fringe Festival The Scarlet Vixens (on Instagram as @thescarletvixens) Harlem Nocturne John Cooper Clarke – some of Richard's recommendations: Kung Fu International & I Wanna Be Yours Paulus's original song, 'Tribe' *** Edited and mixed by Matt Ennis, www.mennismixing.co.uk Music: Shades of Spring by Kevin MacLeod , available by license: creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ http://www.invisiblecabaret.org — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/invisible-cabaret/message

Invisible Cabaret charters new waters this week, as we venture outside the troupe to talk about creativity and mental health with artists in other fields. And after guesting on his podcast earlier on in lockdown, how could they not put Richard McKenzie, AKA The Burly Photographer, top of the priority list! Richard is a fantastic live-event photographer, whose work has earned him international renown in the burlesque community. He joins hosts Ferrero Rochelle and Rosie Verbose to talk about how to keep motivated and inspired as a creative – even in an international crisis – as well as sharing his fascinating perspective on men’s mental health and how cabaret might begin to bridge that gap.

CW – 15:23 – brief mention of suicide.

A black and white photo of Richard 'The Burly Photographer', a bald man dressed in a striped shirt, who is passionate about men's mental health. He is posed with his hands behind his head, looking interrogatively at the camera.
Richard McKenzie, ‘The Burly Photographer’, in a rare self-portrait

You can find Richard on Facebook as @digitalmck and on Instagram as @theburlyphotographer.

Are you an artist (of any description) with a mental health story to tell? Email invisiblecabaret@gmail.com for more details about how to be a future guest on the podcast.

Things mentioned in the podcast:

Quote from Richard McKenzie, 'The Burly Photographer': "It's incredibly difficult to talk about mental health... There are occasions where I really would rather die than tell someone that I'm struggling."
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Tweet or DM us with what you’re grateful for this week, or – better still – send us a voice message! You can also email us: invisiblecabaret@gmail.com.

With thanks to: Matt Ennis, www.mennismixing.co.uk
Music: Shades of Spring by Kevin MacLeod, available under license: creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

If you’re affected by any of the issues raised in this episode, please do not be afraid to seek support. Help is available. The NHS website has a great directory to get you started.

I think a lot of guys are trying to find, if they’ve stumbled into the world of cabaret, they are trying to find their tribe. And it’s incredibly difficult to talk about mental health, which is where we started the conversation. I mean, there are occasions where I really would rather die than tell someone that I’m struggling. Honestly. 

richard mckenzie, ‘the burly photographer’ on men’s mental health

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