12 episodes

Honest conversations with professional performing arts workers about the challenges of forging a career in the arts, and strategies for overcoming them. House Lights Up has been produced with the insights, expertise, experience and generous contributions of Greta Bradman, Chris Cheers, Cristina D’Agostino, Monica Davidson, Rachel Dunham, Gabriel Edwards, Susan Eldridge, Matt Heyward, Luke Hunter, Zoe Knighton, Ian Peel, Rob Tremlett (AKA Mantra), Anne Wood and Deone Zanotto. Presented by the Arts Wellbeing Collective - an Arts Centre Melbourne initiative dedicated to promoting positive mental health and wellbeing in the performing arts.

House Lights Up Allie Imlach

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Honest conversations with professional performing arts workers about the challenges of forging a career in the arts, and strategies for overcoming them. House Lights Up has been produced with the insights, expertise, experience and generous contributions of Greta Bradman, Chris Cheers, Cristina D’Agostino, Monica Davidson, Rachel Dunham, Gabriel Edwards, Susan Eldridge, Matt Heyward, Luke Hunter, Zoe Knighton, Ian Peel, Rob Tremlett (AKA Mantra), Anne Wood and Deone Zanotto. Presented by the Arts Wellbeing Collective - an Arts Centre Melbourne initiative dedicated to promoting positive mental health and wellbeing in the performing arts.

    7. Insight

    7. Insight

    Avoiding the Judy Garland Syndrome“This will always be a path that requires you to hold yourself to account... That is one of the hardest things that you'll have to do, and it might take you the rest of your life to learn how to do it well… but I think that is the measure of the people who make it and the people who don't.” (Monica Davidson) In this episode of House Lights Up, we consider the role of insight in helping to create a thriving arts career. Our interviewees explain the import...

    • 35 min
    8. Adaptability

    8. Adaptability

    Putting Down the Feather Duster“Working in the performing arts, every job we do is different to the last one. So whether we know it or not were accruing all of these different skills and this really wonderful level of responsivity to anything that's thrown our way... We're constantly developing our ability to respond to new things, which makes us infinitely employable.” (Anne Wood) In this episode of House Lights Up, we explore some of the most important contributors to financial surviva...

    • 31 min
    9. Experience

    9. Experience

    An Unprecedented Pivot“If we can stay calm and kind and loving to each other and our community, things are going to be okay. The work we do is needed, it has value and we've got to remain committed… If we haven't got skin in the game, we won't get the work when the work comes back.” (Susan Eldridge)The Australian government’s mid-March ban on non-essential public gatherings effectively cancelled the live performance industry indefinitely. In this episode of House Lights Up, our arts workers s...

    • 27 min
    10. Courage

    10. Courage

    Breaking it to Make it Work“I think there's such a big shift for women after they've had children – coming back to their identity, and realising who they are, and knowing your own value as a human. You're not just a feeding machine, you can do so much more… The best thing that I ever did was jump back into the work pool.” (Deone Zanotto)In this episode of House Lights Up, our arts workers describe how they make their career and their family life work together. Psychologist Chris Cheers explai...

    • 37 min
    11. People

    11. People

    (Re)Connection“A really easy trap to fall into is if your entire world just exists within this bubble of being a performer. If you are getting this form of therapy or this form of validation or this form of security from your expression as an artist... At the end of the day, it might be a reflection of who you are, but it's not being given to the person you truly are because these people don't know who you are. Only you know that, and the people around you in your personal life know tha...

    • 39 min
    12. Self-compassion

    12. Self-compassion

    If You Want Perfection, Rent the Movie “Sometimes when we talk about stress or anxiety, we talk about it as something we have to try and get rid of. But being stressed or being anxious isn't something you have to get rid of. It's something we can really listen to and give meaning to, to understand what it's trying to communicate to us about ourselves or about our environment. The key is trying to learn strategies to accept and allow space for emotions as a normal thing that will come up as yo...

    • 45 min

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