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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Oct 25, 2016

This one could have gone on for hours! Jenna Douglas – pianist-coach and captain of the intrepid ship that is – joins us this week for a topic that affects each of us nearly every day.

Working contract-to-contract means musicians are unusually dependant on a climate of good will. We have to weigh many decisions – whether to tell uncomfortable truths, to stand up for ourselves, to stick with a controversial artistic vision – against the possibility that they will threaten our livelihood.

How much is our fear of speaking our minds based in real danger? In theory, people respect self-confidence, but is there some safe point in a career before which you just can't afford to take any chances? And what about when you know the only thing you fear is... fear itself?!

Jenna also raises the bar for all subsequent guests (and for us!) by coming prepared with original haiku tailored to the subject matter! Now that's a pro.

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Website - Schmopera

Article - On the Recording of Opera Singers, Schmopera

Video - On the Recording of Opera Singers, Schmopera

Article - 'Shine on, Maureen Forrester', by MJ Buell, theWholeNote

Article - 'Audition season, or the annual Festival of Shattered Dreams', by Anonymous author

Website - Eric Owens, Bass-Baritone

Website - The Center for Nonviolent Communcation - Needs Inventory

Website - The Center for Nonviolent Communcation - How we hold "responsibility" and "accountability" in NVC?

Article - 'In Defence of Singers', by Jenna Douglas | Schmopera

Copyright © 2016 Chris Mayell, Isaiah Bell

Oct 18, 2016

Do you avoid looking at your bank balance? Do you feel guilty about spending money on anything other than essentials? Do you secretly welcome the clarity of having no money whatsoever, because it frees you from the panicky burden of fiscal responsibility?

You are not alone. Enter Chris Enns, tenor, certified financial planner, and self-described personal finance nerd. It was not long ago that Chris, who now runs the fabulous (subtitled "money help for artists"), was ignoring all that complicated, numbersy stuff. But when he found himself on the pointy end of a massive tax bill, he knew something had to change.

Isaiah and Chris ("Regular Chris") mostly listen in awe this week to Chris's story and his confidence-inspiring proclamations that you, too, can have a reasonably comfortable lifestyle. It's somehow both soothing and exciting... Could this be the most pleasant hour you've ever spent thinking about financial planning?

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Website - Rags to Reasonable - Money help for Artists

Article - 'Talking to kids about money: Study highlights importance of parents discussing financial matters with children' ScienceDaily

Website - You Need A Budget

Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

© 2016 Copyright Chris Mayell, Isaiah Bell

Oct 11, 2016

EXTRA! EXTRA! For the first time in HISTORY, Overthought welcomes a guest co-host! Vivien Shotwell – author, singer, and GP (Good Pal) – joins Chris and Isaiah to discuss a matter very close to our hearts: "Taking One's Own Path."

All three of us devote a part of our working lives to a non-singing pursuit, despite traditional wisdom that discourages singers from attempting to be bi-vocational. And in the absence of appropriate role models, we all ask ourselves the same questions: If no one else has taken my path, how can I know if I'm fooling myself about its potential success? Is my parallel pursuit a distraction, or does it fulfill an essential need in me? Is there a way to do it without compromising?

After a three-month hiatus (a marriage, a honeymoon, and a major moving of house) Overthought is back, in a fresh three-headed format, for Season 2.


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Vivien Shotwell - Author by Day, Soprano by Night

Book - 'Vienna Nocturne', by Vivien Shotwell

Calgary Opera Emerging Development Program

Extension Method - About Jeniffer Nichols

Iowa Writers' Workshop

Brent Calis Photography

YouTube - The Vagabond, Vaughan Williams from The Songs of Travel

Movie - 'Florence Foster Jenkins'


Copyright © 2016, Chris Mayell, Isaiah Bell