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'Always Auditioning' | Opera, OCD and Overspending with Soprano, BRIA LOVEGROVE – The Invisible Cabaret Podcast: Mental Health & The Arts
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.
Things mentioned in the podcast with bria lovegrove:
- 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
How many times have you heard, ‘You’re always auditioning’? Which literally is the feeding sentence for, ‘Here’s some anxiety on a plate, eat it up.’ You have to always be perfect. That was something that really, really broke my internal record and really set my OCD off, was being always auditioning and having to always be perfect.bria lovegrove
Edited and mixed by 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.
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