BAPAM deliver expert health and wellbeing services in the performing arts. Our events give artists, creators, technicians, teachers, and organisers the knowledge they need to improve health and enjoy sustainable careers.
Join our free online Community Drop In and:
- Embed health and wellbeing strategies into your creative toolkit
- Learn new skills with guest coaches and speakers.
- Set goals
- Take part in peer discussion and support in a safe space facilitated by an experienced BAPAM clinician
Our Community Drop In is hosted and facilitated by BAPAM GP, Dr Pippa Wheble, who specialises in performance and mental health and is also a violinist and singer.
The Parrot on Your Shoudler: Managing Imposter Syndrome
Performers sometimes refer to ‘the parrot on the shoulder’: that quiet (and often not so quiet!) inner voice of self-doubt, that ‘critical chatter’ which can pop up uninvited during perhaps a period of unemployment, or in rehearsals and sometimes even onstage during a performance.
In this Community Drop-In, Bea will outline some of the most common ‘parrots’ (or saboteurs) that can hold us back. She’ll also share some mindfulness techniques to help you to step back from the chattering mind, reconnecting you with your true ability and full potential.
Bea is Spotlight’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Manager and a certified Life and Wellness Coach. She is passionate about making the industry a heart-centred and supportive place to work with a specific focus on making time to pause and reflect, prioritising what matters most, and leading with compassion towards ourselves and others. Bea’s long-term partner is an actor, so she also has personal experience of supporting an actor partner. Prior to becoming a coach, Bea marketed theatre for twelve years, working with such companies as Almeida Theatre, National Theatre, Sonia Friedman Productions, Ambassadors Theatre Group and Nottingham Playhouse. When not at work you can usually find Bea in the kitchen or on a yoga mat! She also loves taking long walks in the Bedfordshire countryside where she lives.