How To Feel More Body Confident Onstage (with Sophie Coulthard)

Welcome to Episode 006 of The Performer Podcast 

Michelle's guest today is Sophie Coulthard, burlesque performer turned work and life harmony strategist (stay tuned to find out what that actually is!).

Sophie delves deep with Michelle about the wonderful world of Burlesque. From Sophie's experience of having to take her clothes off - with her Dad watching in the audience, to why burlesque gave her amazing body confidence, life after performing, and why a choosing to hang up her stockings and nipple tassels ain't half bad. 

Michelle shares all about her first screen kiss and why she ran home crying, whilst trying to get her head around saying the word 'Penis' when discussing male nudity -yes, it's all going on in this edition of the show. 

In today's episode, you'll learn:

How to increase your body confidence | How to deal with family expectations | The art of the tease | Why men and woman are not created equal when it comes to nudity onscreen | Being strong enough to say no when it matters | Why life after performing isn't failure | How your performing skills can help other areas of your life

 

 

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It wasn’t until I got fired from a job, that I said - right, I’m 25, I’ve got nothing to lose, now is the time to start this burlesque journey.
— Sophie Coulthard

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About Sophie

“Sophie is a work and life harmony strategist and works with a unique, scientifically proven assessment to help people identify and overcome barriers to success. Sophie trained at the Arts Educational School from the age of 12 and after performing in various bands and plays, she finished her stage career as a singing burlesque performer. While the sequins are now packed away, she is still regularly on stage, speaking to audiences about burnout, work frustrations and achieving work and life harmony.”

The only body confidence issue is your own perception of yourself and whether you’re comfortable...
— Sophie Coulthard

The Show Notes

 

Podcast Conversation Timeline

02:00 - Sophie introduces herself

2:57 - The Art of Burlesque

4:14 - Sophie tells all about her family’s react to her burlesque career

5:00 - Nudity and the performing arts

7:26 - How did others react to her Burlesque career?

8:55 - The beauty of the tease

11:01 - How to get body confidence 

12:29 - How did Sophie deal with those pesky performing nerves 

15: 29  - Male vs Female nudity on screen

19:08 - Sticking to your standards, even when you’re desperate for work

19:45 - Being strong enough to say No when it matters

22:45 - What made Sophie quit the performing Industry 

23:30  - Life after performing isn’t failure 

24:18 - Dealing with other people’s expectation

24:41 - Why have a performing background helps every aspect of your life

30:05 - The perfect stategy for happiness

33:19  - Why prepartion is the key to success

35:07 - Figuring ou t your WHY is the biggest key to moving your career forward

36:55 - Fame vs Success

 

Links/People Mentioned

ArtsEd Dita Von Teese | Immodesty Blaize  | Alana Royale | Vaudeville | Anna Friel The Desire Map - Danielle Laporte | You are a badass - Jen Sincero

 

 Quotes - Sophie Coulthard

 

It wasn’t until I got fired from a job, that I said - right, I’m 25, I’ve got nothing to lose, now is the time to start this burlesque journey. 

The only body confidence issue is your own perception of yourself and whether you’re comfortable

You do have to think about what makes you happy and if it’s not bringing you joy, then, don’t do it

That experience of performing…it does make you who you are…you can’t take that away

 

Quotes - Michelle Thole

You cannot be defined by other peoples’ standards of yourself

Whatever happens, however your dream turns out, is the way it was meant to be

The idea of what we want and what we actually end up with, is sometimes even better than you could ever imagine 

 

Thank you so much for listening and see you next week! 

Lot of love, 

Michelle