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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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Jul 12, 2016

It's weird to be a creature of habit in a career with constant changes of environment, workload, and colleagues; without the ability to maintain any regular routines, it can feel like you're not in control of your own life.

Habits and routine give our lives structure, but they can also, of course, be insidious. How many times, as performers, have we been warned about the dangers of "going on autopilot"?

This is where ritual can be a powerful tool. When we actively engage in familiar gestures and behaviours, it can work against the deadening effect of mindless routine. And for a performer who needs some sense of safety to allow for that thrilling release of control, rituals convince the nervous brains that we're on the same team.

This episode features the extensive introduction of yet another invisible cast member, "Li'l Carl". And if you thought WE had issues....

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Our disclaimer page
http://www.overthoughtpodcast.com/disclaimer

Article - 'Motivation is Overvalued. Environment Often Matters More', by James Clear
http://jamesclear.com/power-of-environment

Video - 'You Don't Say', by John McIntyre Baltimore Sun
https://www.facebook.com/baltimoresun/videos/10154331580434712

© Copyright 2016, Isaiah Bell & Chris Mayell

Jul 5, 2016

So many performing artists find themselves sharing their lives with people from outside the artsy career pool. Coincidence? For Chris and Isaiah, two strong proponents of this odd-couple lifestyle, the benefits are manifold. Are there drawbacks? And what goes ON in the minds of these Citizens of the Real World, drawn like masochistic moths to people in the grip of the greedy artist life? This episode (featuring a dramatic sound-quality upgrade that occurs mid-cast) was inspired by a suggestion from celebrity Schmopera-blogger Jenna Douglas. You can suggest too!

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Twitter - Jenna Douglas
https://twitter.com/jennamariepiano

Schmopera
http://www.schmopera.com/

What Three Words
http://what3words.com/

IMDb - Dark Victory (1939)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0031210/

YouTube - Clip from Dark Victory-Judy becomes blind
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZeIpxAyaxs

Website - xkcd - (
https://xkcd.com/859/

Website - Cornell Astronomy - Ask an Astronomer
http://curious.astro.cornell.edu/physics/81-the-universe/stars-and-star-clusters/stargazing/373-why-is-it-easier-to-see-a-star-if-you-look-slightly-to-the-side-intermediate

Website - Reddit - LPT:When trying to see an object in the dark dont look straight at it but slightly next to it, itll be way easier to see.
https://www.reddit.com/r/LifeProTips/comments/3npg1p/lptwhen_trying_to_see_an_object_in_the_dark_dont/

YouTube - Codenames (Board Game) - How To Play
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8RWBooJivg

© Copyright 2016, Isaiah Bell & Chris Mayell

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