Some words from Philippa
Hi I’m Philippa, qualified counselor, former professional ballet dancer and founder of StageMinded. Welcome!
For the last 6 years, I’ve been helping performers and students to overcome the fears, self-doubts and mental blockages that just seem to plague people in our industry – and I know what it’s like, because I’ve been there myself!
Like many performers, during my dancing days my whole identity was wrapped up in being a good dancer. My self-esteem could either plummet or sky-rocket, depending on what my director said about me, whether I had a good day or a bad day, or whether I felt skinny or fat in my leotard.
There were too many days when I came home from the studio saying, “I’m not good enough. I’m fat, ugly and never going to make it” (I know, talk about a pity party!).
Did you know that recent research into the mental health of performing artists shows that:
45% of performers experience symptoms of moderate to severe anxiety – that’s 10 times more than the general population!
And for symptoms of depression, it’s 5 times more.
Suicidal thoughts are also 4-5x more likely in the entertainment industry than the general public and twice as many take their own lives.
I don’t know about you, but I’m not ok with those numbers.
And I’m not ok with our up-and-coming students entering the industry without skills to cope better. I’m especially not ok with this, because as a counselor and former performer myself, I understand where the issues are coming from but I also know that with some simple tools, strategies and support most performers can avoid these issues entirely.