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Wedding Industry Mental Health and ADHD with Ryan James Mehigan, Musician and Artist “Ryan Static”

James Pearson
Hello this is Cast of Creatives, the series dedicated to exploring creative work and the impact that this has on mental health and well being, I’m James Pearson, I’m the founder of Wedding Industry Mental Health and Wedding Espresso. And as many of you will know, I’m well into my music, so I’m really, really excited today to be joined by Ryan, who goes by the artist name, Ryan Static. Ryan, how’s it going today my friend?

Ryan Mehigan
Beautiful man, beautiful.

James Pearson
So one of the things that really attracted me to your work Ryan was the fact that you are an ADHD advocate, having been diagnosed with a disorder in 2015. Is that correct?

Ryan Mehigan
Yes.

James Pearson
So, can we start right back at the beginning, and, are you okay to share with everybody a little bit about what it’s like living with ADHD?

Ryan Mehigan
Yes. So, I love it. It’s funny because I think people really don’t understand exactly what having ADHD is. And to be honest, it took me quite a few years to understand exactly how it affects your daily life. It’s always affected me like in my early days in school. Things like I was really overly sensitive and emotional. I was really impulsive in how I reacted, maybe overly dramatic. My short term memory was so, so bad, one or two things, and I’ve literally forgotten them in the next 40 seconds, because it’s literally that I can’t hold up information. I think a lot of time people just think okay, you have an attention deficit. But it’s more of a spectrum. When I discovered more things about it, it made more sense in a lot of scenarios in my life. I was diagnosed quite late as well, so a lot of things from when I was born, when I was a kid, has changed a lot. When I started discovering what it was, I knew it would be different.

James Pearson
So have you always felt a draw to the artistic side? The painting and the music? Is that something that’s always been a part of your life?

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Wedding Industry Mental Health and Bipolar Disorder with Donna Benini, PT, Health and Wellness Coach

James Pearson
Hello, welcome back to Cast of Creatives, the series dedicated to exploring creative work and the impact that this has on mental health and well being. So, I’m James Pearson, I’m the founder of Wedding Industry Mental Health and Wedding Espresso and I’m really, really, really excited today to be joined by Donna, who I’m going to get to introduce herself in just a second. So, Donna, would you like to share with everybody a little bit about who you are and what you do?

Donna Benini
Okay, no problem. Well I landed here from Mars and I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 23 years old. After having quite serious behavioural problems through my teens, into my early late teens, early 20s, I was displaying signs. But eventually it came to fruition when I had my first hospital admission. So then, from there, I spent the next 23 years working within mainly the fitness industry. I have done a little bit of care, end of life, and I did a little bit of hairdressing. But I’m back with the fitness industry now. I’m very happy to stay here. So, that’s basically me.

James Pearson
That’s brilliant, a brilliant introduction thank you. So Donna, I’m sure a lot of people are very interested in hearing from people who are open to talking about difficulties that they’ve had, or challenges that they faced. So, in a kind of a nutshell then could you share with everybody a little bit about what it’s like living with bipolar disorder and the effects that it has on daily life?

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Wedding Industry Mental Health and Music with Massimiliano Greco, Pianist and Composer

James Pearson
Hello, and welcome back to Cast of Creatives, the series dedicated to exploring creative work, and the effect that this has on mental health and well being. Now I’m joined today by a very, very special guest Massimiliano, welcome to the show, it’s great to have you here.

Massimiliano Greco
Hello everyone, and thank you for this kind invitation, it’s my pleasure to be here.

James Pearson
Fantastic so Massimiliano you are amongst many, many things, a pianist and composer, but can you just tell everybody a little bit about yourself and the work that you do?

Massimiliano Greco
So, I am an Italian composer, but I was trained mostly for being a concert pianist, you can say. So my background is like that. So big, big names of classical music, so Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Beethoven and so on. At a certain point of my life when I was already doing many concertos, I also I started to be interested in composing for ballet. And so my life at the moment goes inside the two words. So, classical and ballet. And so I have connection with mainly choreographers, mainly ballet masters and sometimes I compose also for them. So my music sometimes is, with the idea of being pure music,and sometimes exactly for dance. This is almost my life nowadays.

James Pearson
Wonderful, wonderful. So you have just released a new album called “Love Stories”?

Massimiliano Greco
Love Stories ,yes, this is my last album. This is a collection of music that I composed in the past, and also during the last year. Inside there, there are pieces dedicated to ballet work, above all with the idea of creating music for ballet work and some music that is composed like pure music. It’s strange, because when I say pure music, I have to say that at the same time, mainly of my pure pieces, pure music pieces, they have been taken by choreographers to become also music for choreography. Anyway, it was not my goal in the moment of the composition to think about that. In that situation, maybe my composition reminded someone of something to be danced to, maybe, I don’t know. But inside this album you can find also something that has been already been danced. For example, the most famous piece was danced in Europe and in China. So we had a couple of Premiere for this song that is called “La Seconda Vita”. But in reality, this music with that name, has another name, as a ballet piece. And so, it’s strange because sometimes, the choreographer will change names, and my music gets changed a little bit. So I have to specify my use, my music may be this way, but the name of the ballet is another one. It happens many times, but it’s okay.

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Wedding Industry Mental Health – Do Ut Des! Who goes first?

Wedding Industry Mental Health - Do Ut Des - Who Goes First?

Do ut des – literally translated from Latin to mean “I give, so that you may give”. It is a phrase that fascinates me!

I’ve always been a giver. Throughout my career I’ve sought ways to give to others, in order to satisfy my own conditions of worth.

If you’re reading this, then I imagine that in some way, you feel the same way!

The way I see it, if I can positively affect the life of one other person, I have achieved enough for that day.

And so here you are as a Wedding Supplier, giving to others! You give to your clients so that they may give back to you. You provide a service so that they may pay you. OK, in some instances, they pay you first, so that you can provide a service – but the result is the same. One person giving, so the other can also give in return.

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Wedding Industry Mental Health – Carl Rogers – On Becoming A Person

Wedding Industry Mental Health - Carl Rogers - On Becoming A Person

Carl Rogers is a chap I can relate to. His amazing forward thinking mindset led to the creation of UPR – Unconditional Positive Regard, a skill that Counsellors use in their approach towards working humanistically through the use of talking therapies.

In 1961, in his book “On Becoming A Person”, Carl Rogers wrote the following…

“…concern about the person and his becoming, in a modern world which appears intent upon ignoring or diminishing him”.

Now that strikes me as incredibly progressive thinking for someone from 1961! It sounds like it was written yesterday!

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Wedding Industry Mental Health – “Background Sad” – Icon For Hire

Wedding Industry Mental Health - Background Sad - Icon For Hire

It’s really not all that unusual for me to be sat cruising in the car, chilling out and listening to one of the several hundred thousand tracks I call my music library.

I take great inspiration from all forms of creative work – film, books, art, photography and yes, music!

The thing that really draws me in to great music is the unique position, or emotional content that it portrays. Sure, every now and then we all like to just unwind with some simple pop, or have a boogy to a banging beat. Other times, like the enjoyment of a fine wine or painting by a master artist, you need soul food and inspiration. Something to elevate your thinking to a new level, and maybe this is to escape yourself and become a little bit more hedonistic for a moment.

Thusly, I’ve been following a Band called “Icon For Hire” for some time now. Their story is an interesting one… separating from their label due to creative differences, up to running a successful fundraiser for their latest independent album, raising about three quarters of a million dollars! Some great work and fantastic fan service has enabled them to continue their creative endeavours in the way they best see fit.

Icon For Hire write a lot about mental health and wellbeing! So I was re-awakened to a topic they discussed on a track called “Background Sad”. Before we even get into the topic, can you relate?

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Wedding Industry Mental Health and Diversity with Michelle Taylor, The Funky Celebrant

James Pearson
Hello, welcome to Cast of Creatives, the series dedicated to exploring creative work and the impact that this has on mental health and well being. I’m James Pearson the founder of Wedding Industry Mental Health and Wedding Espresso and today we’re talking about diversity in the wedding industry. I’m thrilled to be joined by no other than Michelle Taylor, The Funky Celebrant. So Michelle, how’s it going?

Michelle Taylor
It was really bad, and now it’s really good. And somewhere inbetween it was OK.

James Pearson
Yeah, that’s what we like to hear, we always get there in the end. The leaps that it takes to get to this place, people will never understand.

Michelle Taylor
It went from 0 to 100 miles an hour. And it was pretty full on. I’ve got a few more ceremonies left to do, and then I will start to calm down a bit, so that’s nice to actually stop for a breath again. But I’m in a good place.

James Pearson
Brilliant. So, I was really, really interested to speak to you about diversity in the wedding industry because I see you as such an accomplished pioneer in the wedding industry. You’ve done so many different things. You’re now a Town Mayor?

Michelle Taylor
Yep.

James Pearson
You’ve published a book, obviously you do your work with The Funky Celebrant, you were Celebrant of the Year at the Wedding Industry Awards. I think, you’re now a judge?

Michelle Taylor
Not for that awards, it was for another awards. Well it was a wedding industry award but not that one.

James Pearson
I see. So, above all and all else, you really, really are very, very busy, which means you have lots of hats to wear and you get involved in so many projects. You’ve just been down to London on a diversity project, so that’s really, really interesting. And recently I had a… you’ll like this one… I had a brush, a learning experience actually. I played a video game called “Tell Me Why”. And the subject of this game was basically two protagonists, they were sisters, and one of them transitioned to a male. So I played the game through his perspective. And it really opened my eyes to what the challenges are that people must face in that kind of space. So I’m wondering, what has led you to sort of adopt this as one of your big drives and interests in the wedding industry?

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“We Never Really Know” – September’s Brand New Original Wedding Song Launch Party!

Debuting September’s brand new original Wedding Song “We Never Really Know”.

Join Selda, Derek and James on their LIVE Facebook Show to celebrate the launch of September’s brand new original Wedding Song “We Never Really Know.”

Join Sounds Like A Wedding over on Facebook to win FREE prizes including opportunities to help shape the direction of next month’s original Wedding Song and chat to us about personalising a Wedding Song just for you!!

Plus get premier access to our original Wedding Songs for 30 days after they are launched for use in your own Wedding plans! We’d LOVE to hear how you’re incorporating these amazing new tracks into YOUR Wedding! We’re absolute suckers for a great Wedding story!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/soundslikeawedding

We kick off this month’s LIVE show with another listen to August’s original Wedding Song “Moments Just Before”… which can also be personalised just for you!

You can also hear Emma and Tom discussing their Wedding plans with us in regarding to shaping this month’s original Wedding Song. Discover how their story became the hook for “You Never Really Know” and learn more about the process of translating YOUR Wedding Planning Stories into amazing new music recorded with top talent of Broadband and TV!

This is not just Wedding Music, this is Sounds Like A Wedding! See you there!

Selda, Derek & James xxx

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Wedding Industry Mental Health – Your Actual Self and your Ideal Self

Wedding Industry Mental Health - Your Actual Self and Your Ideal Self

Within each of us lies two ego’s – the Actual Self and The Ideal Self. If you imagine these two egos as lenses, when they converge, everything becomes clearer. In a sense, you will be at your very best. Conversely, when the lenses are far apart, you will find that everything is out of focus, and this is where people suffer a great many problems with their mental heath and wellbeing!

So let’s explore what this means.

Every experience, every conversation, every encounter, every moment in our lives, add up to inform who we are in a greater sense. Slowly but surely, we change over time, informed by everything we are seeing, hearing, feeling, touching, smelling, tasting. It only takes one single sensation to cause change in our brains.

Rewind the clock by 10 years. Where were you personally? What were your values? What mattered to you most? What informed your values and ideas of right and wrong? I’d imagine it was the preceding 10 years, 20 years, 30 years or more.

Fast forward back to today. Where are you now? Have your values changed? Are your beliefs of what’s right and wrong different? I imagine that fundamentally, they are the same. But in detail, they are quite different.

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