Overthought, A Podcast

Overthought is a compelling examination of the lives of classical singers Isaiah Bell and Chris Mayell, discussing performance psychology, creativity, entrepreneurship, life balance, self-doubt and the ways we overcome challenges to attain artistic triumph.
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Jan 26, 2016

In Episode 17 we discuss how the pressures and foibles of the singing life work to instill certain ubiquitous traits in many unsuspecting singers. Plus: Is the anti-diva the new diva? And where's the line between bitter and practical?
Opera singers get a bad rap (this is distinct from being bad at rap []) in the world library of stereotypes; "diva" is almost synonymous with "singer", for one thing, and there's also this pesky rumour that we are impossibly fragile.
While the truth about any group of people is more slippery than can be conveyed with a single outdated pejorative, Chris and Isaiah believe** that, in general, the reputation is unwarranted. Neverthess, FEAR NOT! We've got a whole new set of stereotypes to erect in its place.
**All findings anecdotal

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Britten - A Midsummer Night's Dream, Wikipedia's_Dream_%28opera%29

Leah Alfred on Twitter

'The Really Big One', by Kathryn Schulz

Urban Dictionary - PFO

Wikipedia - Butter Tart

YouTube - Veritasium - Learned Helplessness

YouTube - Brian Johnson - Learned Optimism by Martin Seligman

Article - 'Overcoming “Special Snowflake Syndrome” as a Millennial', by Leah Bentley (Loughran) |

Lise Lindstrom, Soprano

Book - Valley of the Dolls, by Jacqueline Susann

Jan 19, 2016

Chris and Isaiah don't have all the answers. In Episode 16, they don't have any. It's all about Fear, capital F, and it may have been created just to make our listeners feel better about their own capacities to cope with minor seismic events. As singers we might feel we've got some kind of handle on fear - thanks to overexposure to the nervous pressures of performing - but what about when real-life trauma threatens? Do the two kinds of fear have anything in common? What's the difference between an impending natural disaster and the unremunerated cancellation of a concert gig? IT'S NOT A JOKE PEOPLE GOOGLE CASCADIA SUBDUCTION ZONE.


The Earthquake That Will Devastate the Pacific Northwest, by Kathryn Schulz - The New Yorker

IMDb - 'The Big One: The Great Los Angeles Earthquake (1990)'

Wikipedia - Psychological trauma
Trauma can be caused by a wide variety of events, but there are a few common aspects. There is frequently a violation of the person's familiar ideas about the world and of their human rights, putting the person in a state of extreme confusion and insecurity. This is also seen when institutions that are depended upon for survival, violate or betray or disillusion the person in some unforeseen way.[3]

Book - 'Feel the Fear and Do It Anyways', by Susan Jeffers

Article - 'Glynis Leyshon, Canadian director, stabbed and robbed hours before Ryerson prof slain',  - Toronto - CBC News:

YouTube - SciShow, Epigenetics

Webpage - TV Guide - Transparent

Featured Image - 'At the Back', by Jeremy Segrott
Copyright info: "At the Back" by Jeremy Segrott, used under CC BY 2.0 / Modified: Original cropped; Text and 'Overthought' logo added to original. See link for further details on original work.

Theme Music: Slyvius Leopold Weiss's Preludio in E Major, played by Jeff Carter

Jan 12, 2016

Being "in the zone" - that perfect balance of focus and relaxation that allows us to perform at our best - is not just a vague feeling. It's a powerful, concrete state of mind that many creative types recognize instantly. That said, it can still be incredibly elusive. Accessing this sweet spot means shifting focus to the active present, and being unfettered by impediments like judgement, anxiety, and analysis. This is particularly burdensome to the Overthinker, for whom banishing unwanted thoughts is already Sisyphean. For the singer, the challenges of the craft mutate daily along with our changing bodies. How to make The Zone one's home base? Is imagining the volume of one's big toe the answer? Or is it terror-driven tunnel vision the only reliable approach to achieving optimum creativity? FIND OUT HERE!*

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YouTube: Carcassonne: TableTop, with Wil Wheaton
with Jesse Cox, Nika Harper, Kimail Nanjiani

Book: The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists, by Neil Strauss

Article: 10 Steps to Mastering the Art of NLP, by Joel Brown at Addicted2Success

Article: Change your Thinking with NLP, by Penny Tompkins and James Lawley
Don't think about Blue Frogs

Opera NUOVA Training Program and Vocal Festival

Book: The Open-Focus Brain, by Les Fehmi & Jim Robbins

Website - Open Focus

YouTube: Jerry Hadley - Lonely House - Street Scene, by Kurt Weill

Article: Want to Stop Anxious Thoughts? Thank Them, by Dina Overland | elephant journal:

Image: Phteven the Dog

Article: Metaphor, Simile and Analogy: What’s the Difference?, by Brian Clark - Copyblogger

Theme Music: Slyvius Leopold Weiss's Preludio in E Major, played by Jeff Carter

The Jazz Evangelist: how Ella Fitzgerald's mistake made her a Grammy winner on CBC Music, by Tim Tamashiro!/blogs/2013/2/The-Jazz-Evangelist-how-Ella-Fitzgeralds-mistake-made-her-a-Grammy-winner