Podcast Episode 14 – Elyssa Rider

You can listen to Episode 14 here!

There’s loads of ways you can listen, including: Anchor FM (via which you can find us on lots of other platforms), Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and YouTube.

More creativity and mental health chat with Ferrero Rochelle and Rosie Verbose! We had the pleasure of chatting to illustrator and sex-educator, Elyssa Rider, about her experience of EMDR therapy, managing burnout as a freelance content creator, and representing the world as she thinks it ought to be. We covered a LOAD of great stuff but please be aware there is a lot of discussion about treating trauma of various kinds, so please check in with yourself before listening and feel free to skip using the time stamps below ❤️

Check out Elyssa’s art on Instagram: @elyssa_rider, and the charity she works for, Brook, on their website and on Instagram at @brook_sexpositive.

Please note, we experienced a technical glitch during recording which was absolutely NOTHING to do with Rosie having a moment of complete and utter stupidity. As such, there is a slight difference in quality between the first half of the podcast and the rest of the episode. Thank you for your patience. Rosie has learned her lesson.CW: brief mentions of racism (4:17 – 5:10 and 24:40 – 26:03); street harassment (9:57 – 10:42 and 24:20 – 26:03); PTSD and trauma (15:40 – 22:00).

Some useful links for mental health issues mentioned in this episode: PTSD; racism & mental health; burn-out; mental health during Covid-19. You can find more mental health resources on our website.

  • Elyssa’s illustrated comic of PTSD, drawn in ink and coloured in shades of pink and magenta watercolour paint. This image shows two cartoon brains in the centre, with writing above and below. The brain on the left looks healthy and happy, whereas the right one looks like it's melting in traumatic distress. The text on top reads, “My mental health has fluctuated for years”, and on the bottom says, “but the signs that made me realise I needed help were…”
  • Elyssa’s illustrated comic of PTSD, drawn in ink and coloured in shades of pink and magenta watercolour paint. This image is abstract, with jagged edges. On top it reads, “Flashbacks, usually of being raped. As if it was happening now.”
  • Elyssa’s illustrated comic of PTSD, drawn in ink and coloured in shades of pink and magenta watercolour paint. This image is titled “Avoidance” and shows three stop signs. In the centre of the first, it says “Oxford,” partially obscured by the line through the stop sign. In the second, it says “That place”, again, partially obscured by the line through the stop sign. The third shows a cartoon face with a beard but no other features. Around the sign it says, “White men with dark facial hair.”
  • Elyssa’s illustrated comic of PTSD, drawn in ink and coloured in shades of pink and magenta watercolour paint. This image is titled “Nightmares,” and shows Elyssa’s disembodied head free-falling down a cavern. On either side, disembodied hands reach out to grab her. One of her eyeballs is falling out and trailing behind her.
  • Elyssa’s illustrated comic of PTSD, drawn in ink and coloured in shades of pink and magenta watercolour paint. This image is titled “Intrusive thoughts.” In the centre, cartoon Elyssa is walking and whistling. She is wearing a leather jacket, vest top and jeans. She is surrounded by thought bubble clouds. In each one is a different intrusive thought: “That man will stab you,” “Strangle that cat,” “Imagine that car hitting you,” “Jump in front of that bus,” “That man will grope you,” “That man across the street is about to rape you,” “Strangle that man."
Be in the next episode of #InvisiblePodcast! 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.

Things mentioned in the podcast:

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.
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.

'Always Auditioning' | Opera, OCD and Overspending with Soprano, BRIA LOVEGROVE The Invisible Cabaret Podcast: Mental Health & Creativity

Welcome to 2021, things are about to get fiery… Ferrero Rochelle and Rosie Verbose are delighted to start off the New Year with a bang by chatting to Bria Lovegrove (née Kelly), a soprano whose Masters dissertation was on the impact of tragedy in opera. She shares her experience of how training as a professional classical singer affected her mental health, visiting areas such as perfectionism, self-medicating, the impact on her bank balance and the "grin and bear it" culture she experienced at conservatoire. Do the classical arts glamorise mental ill health? Find Bria on Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/briakellysoprano/ CW: anxiety, depression, alcohol as coping mechanism, perfectionism & OCD. Plus a few F bombs, but in our defence, we were pretty PO'ed. Some useful links for mental health issues mentioned in this episode: Help Musicians UK; help with substance abuse here and here; OCD-UK. *** What are you grateful for? Be in the next episode of our podcast and tell us what has you feeling thankful lately. You can message us on Facebook, Tweet us at @inviscabaret or DM us on Instagram (@invisiblecabaret)! *** Things mentioned in the podcast: Find out more about Brianna  Help Musicians UK study, "Can music make you sick?" Classical Magazine 2019 study on mental health provision in music Invisible Cabaret 'Tortured Artist' lip-sync: get a flavour on our Instagram  Text 85258 to SHOUT UK helpline if you need to talk to someone, especially a crisis counsellor *** 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
  1. 'Always Auditioning' | Opera, OCD and Overspending with Soprano, BRIA LOVEGROVE
  2. 'There Is No Pass Or Fail in Therapy' | The Power of Communication with Therapist, BRIAN THOMAS (AKA Papa Ferrero)
  3. 'You Can Just Jolly Well Catch Up' | PTSD and Productivity with Illustrator ELYSSA RIDER
  4. 'We're Revolutionaries Out Here' | I am Artist, Hear Me Art with CURLY CHAOS
  5. "I am terrified. Are you?" "Yes. We are both terrified." | Making Music and Magic with ROBERT HALLOW

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