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 founder of Wedding Industry Mental Health and Wedding Espresso, and I’m delighted today to be joined by Linda Sage, from Successful Mindset. Linda, how does today find you?
Linda Sage Hi James, thank you so much for inviting me. Yes, it’s been great because I’ve been travelling for the very first time in 20 months, I’ve just literally got back.
James Pearson And how does that feel?
Linda Sage Actually, you don’t realise how much you need it until you’re doing it. Before I went, I was still asking is it the right time? But Nana duties called, so that’s why I went.
James Pearson I think I’ve been in a similar situation although I haven’t been on a plane yet. I have driven long distance to have a mini break up in Scotland, and just that feeling of driving somewhere else. Bliss, so wonderful. So share with everybody a little bit about your career up to this point and what led you to be working in the mental health space.
Gracie Pritchard Hello and welcome to the very first episode of the Wedding Hour podcast where we talk about anything and everything weddings, and we’re so excited to finally get this up and off the ground, it’s been in the works for a while, and who doesn’t love a podcast and we thought why not make a Wedding Hour one, and today we are joined by none other than James Pearson. Thank you so much for joining us.
James Pearson My absolute pleasure Gracie, I’m glad to be here.
Gracie Pritchard And so, James, you are the founder of Wedding Industry Mental Health, and the owner of Wedding Espresso. So I thought today, we would talk about mental health as it is such an important topic and it’s talked about a lot, but nowhere near enough, and especially how I know in the wedding industry, it’s supposed to be such a happy time. Nobody thinks about the behind the scenes of things do they? And so we’d love to know really, a little bit about your business and how that works.
James Pearson Cool, yeah. So let me take you back over a decade. It’s a long winding story so I’ll give you the highlights. I was just wrapping up doing a computing degree at uni, when my brother jumped on the phone and said to me, James, I’m photographing a wedding, the videographer has let the client down. Can you film a wedding. You like movies. And so I thought about, I thought well, yeah, I do like movies actually and I thought well, okay, I’ll give it a go.
James Pearson Hello, and welcome to Cast of Creatives, the series dedicated to exploring creative work and the impact it has on mental health and well being. So I’m delighted to be joined today by Samantha Jennings, who is a choreographer and Royal Academy of dance teacher. Samantha, how you doing?
Samantha Jennings Hey James it’s just fantastic to be on your show. And I love the fact that you’re an advocate for mental health so I think there’ll be a good synergy there between us.
James Pearson Very much. Yes. Two of the things that really, really excite me about talking to you today really are yes, the mental health aspect, but also I think our shared appreciation and love of a really good wedding first dance. So I want to crack into those subjects with you. But before we get started with those, can you just share with everybody a little bit of an overview about your career and how you got started in dance, and what brought you to become a mental health student?
Hello and welcome to Cast of Creatives – the series dedicated to exploring creative work, and the impact this has on mental health and well being. I’m James Pearson, founder of Wedding Industry Mental Health and Wedding Espresso, and I’m delighted to be joined today by Alwyn Thomas, songwriter of bespoke wedding songs, songwriter for Film and TV, songwriter for Eurovision, and songwriter for the Songs of Love Foundation over in New York. Alwyn, how are you doing, my friend.
I’m great James, how are you?
I’m super duper I’m loving all this sunshine. So I think we need to start right at the beginning really and share with everybody a little bit about what the Songs of Love Foundation stands for, and what is the work that they do, and put out into the world? So can you just run us through that.