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Wedding Industry Mental Health, PTSD and Healing Through Psychedelic Abstract Art with Kibbi Linga

James Pearson
Hello and welcome back to Cast of Creatives, the series dedicated to exploring creative work and creative thinking and the impact that this has on mental health. I’m James Pearson. I’m the founder of Wedding Industry Mental Health and Wedding Espresso. And I’m really delighted to be joined today by Kibbi Linga, who is a psychedelic abstract artist from Los Angeles. Kibby how’s it going?

Kibbi Linga
Hi, James. Thanks for having me. Hi, everyone. Things are great. Things are good for me. It’s the morning over here so I’m ready to enjoy the day here with you guys. How’s it going with you?

James Pearson
Pretty good. We’re wrapping stuff up here in the UK. So it’s the end of the day, but hey, that’s how it works. That’s why I’ve got my coffee which I’ve been looking forward to all day long. It’s been one of those days! A very needed coffee. So yes, I was really astounded and astonished when I found your work. And it reminded me so much of the way that I like to appreciate art – and that’s music and artwork and books and stories. I like to find that what I’m looking at or experiencing has hidden depths and meaning. And so I was really, really drawn to the work that you produce, which I want to get into the process of with you in a minute, and share some of that with everybody. But before we do, would you like to just share a little bit of your story about how you came to be an artist and please don’t feel you have to overshare, just share as much as you feel comfortable with and we’ll see where we go.

Kibbi Linga
Yes, of course, I actually grew up in an environment that did not allow me to express myself, so I was not in the art world. And then three years ago I was diagnosed with PTSD and started embracing it, and my therapist recommended art as a tool. I then started painting, and then I started having memories that were so repressed, because I came into getting help not even remembering my childhood. And so I realised that the painting helped me remember my memories. I also remembered that I dreamed and aspired to be an artist as a little young girl, and it just went from there. Soon I was able to allow art to help me heal. My process basically being like my art and the process is coded. Different colours have different meanings, different shapes. My tutorial process explains that pretty well and also exposing it as well has been a very healing process for me. So I would have to say that within my PTSD recovery creating this art has been such a huge component or tool in my recovery.

It happened naturally. So if I can inspire or offer hope to anybody, I literally walked into the art store not knowing a thing. Should I get oil or acrylic and what is acrylic?

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Wedding Industry Mental Health and Death with David Billington from Full Circle Funerals

James Pearson
Welcome back to Cast of Creatives, the series dedicated to exploring creative work and creative thinking, and how this supports mental health and well being. So I’m James Pearson. I’m the founder of Wedding Industry Mental Health and Wedding Espresso. I have the extreme delight today to be joined by David Billington from Full Circle Funerals. David, how are you, my friend?

David Billington
I’m doing very well. James, thank you very much for inviting me on today. Appreciate it.

James Pearson
Gosh, it’s such a pleasure. I mean, I’m just going to become fully congruent with everybody right now and just say that the subject of death is a hard one for me. Now, when I first discovered Full Circle Funerals, I was actually very kindly invited over to your premises to explore what you offered so many years ago now, was it six years? At least banging on the door! Yes, it’s been a long time and I must admit that at the time, I was really, really surprised and moved by what you were trying to accomplish, and have now successfully accomplished, which is great to see in that space. So given that it is my very, very deeply rooted belief that good mental health has its roots in understanding, comprehension and proper management, and death is probably the hardest topic of any topic to tackle, it hits people the hardest, in the most unexpected of ways, I’m really, really interested to have you share with everybody a little bit about your approach, and how it differs from the norm. So would you like to share a little bit of that with us now?

David Billington
Yes. So first and foremost, we are a service that is a care provider. So I actually come from a mental health background myself. I used to work as a care manager for a number of years before we started Full Circle, and I used to support people that have learning disabilities of various different types. We’ve kind of taken some of the skill set that we have within that setting and moved it within the funeral industry. So we believe that every family that comes into to see us deserves to have a bespoke plan made for them. Essentially, it shouldn’t be this kind of templated approach where everyone gets exactly the same service. And so the way that we do that is kind of multiple ways.

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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 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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Wedding Industry Mental Health with Linda Sage from Successful Mindset

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.

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Wedding Hour Podcast with Wedding Industry Mental Health

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.

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Mental Health and Dance with Samantha Jennings

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?

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